It looks about as comfortable as a coach seat, but at $1800, its cost is first class. I’m trying to think of a practical application for what looks like a molded plastic torture device, and can think of none. Maybe you could put new hires in it and then upgrade them to a cube if they can ride out the shame.
Way back in the last century, if you were on the verge of becoming a dotcom bazillionaire, the Aeron chair is where you sat writing your millions of lines of code. It showed your desire for the modern; it had a heavy hip factor; it showed you knew good design. Although the dotcom bust came and went, the Aeron Chair abides.
If you can’t own one, you can see one. The Herman Miller Aeron Chair is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
Built for the German Pavilion at the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona Spain, the Barcelona chair became an instant classic of modern design. I think I saw one of these in an office lobby yesterday. I was so busy being stunned and trying to figure out if it was a real Barcelona chair, I forgot to actually sit on it. D’oh!
I’ve sat on one. It’s surprisingly comfortable. The Nelson Marshmallow Sofa made its first appearance in 1956 and has been a mainstay in sexy bachelor pads ever since. Very affordable at under a grand, you don’t have to settle for a microfiber recliner sofa from Sears (barf).