Herman Miller Aeron Chair Gets Extreme Green Makeover

The iconic and ergonomic Aeron chair from American office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc is going green... at least, one of them is. The plush, verdant, one-off design by Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma brings a bit of the great outdoors to your indoor workplace.

Herman Miller's ergonomic Aeron chair burst upon the office décor scene in 1994 and eventually emerged as a symbol of the late '90s dot-com boom & bust. Unlike a whole bunch of tech startups, however, the Aeron continued its rise to prominence as the king of modern office chairs.

Isn't it about time the iconic Aeron was cut down to size? Makoto Azuma thinks so, and by the looks of it the cutting will be done with a weed-wacker. Not to worry, though, the artist doesn't have it in for the object of his art.

The one-off design is actually the result of a collaboration between Azuma and Herman Miller, destined to occupy a sunlit space at the new (as of December 2010)  Herman Miller store in Tokyo's upscale Marunouchi district.

Almost every surface on the subject Aeron has been sheathed in form-fitting, Kelly green plush that looks a lot like your front lawn after a rainy day. The material also reminds one of a particularly bold batch of shag carpeting leftover from somebody's uber-groovy 1970s bachelor pad. Not that there's anything wrong with that... is there?

You can visit the Green Aeron chair – maybe even set a spell in its bilious botanical embrace –  this summer at Herman Miller's Marunouchi store located at 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Tourists and commuters will find it just steps from Tokyo Station after taking the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. (via Spoon and Tamago)