Yesterday was the late furniture designer Bill Stumpf's 80th birthday. To recognize and rejoice his contributions to the work place, Fast Company chronicled the success of the Aeron Chair—an ergonomically sensitive product distributed by Herman Miller.

As the design publication notes, most furniture designers don't have the opportunity to claim that one of their ideas changed peoples lives. But when the task chair hit the market in 1994, the design world went nuts. New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) even acquired one for its debut. Featuring a hammock-like backing suspended within an aluminum frame, the idea is that it responds to the sitter's body, rather than the user conforming to it's shape. On top of that, it can be adjusted in seat height, arm height and angle, tension of the reclining seat back, lumbar support position and depth.

To read more about the success of the chair, head over to Fast Company.

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