Keilhauer Junior “Green” Office Chairs

I’ve finally got a little time to write about my office chair.  While out shopping for new office furniture, I had my sights set on a Herman Miller Aeron.  The same kind of chair that I used to sit on back when I was working for “the man”.  I had been looking around for a long time trying to find a good deal.  I looked on Craigslist, Murphy Auctions, eBay, DoveBid, I even asked my neighbor Rick who still works for Disney to sell me one of the old chairs that they were no longer using but he was not able to get me one.

When I was out looking, I saw a funky looking chair in the showroom and decided to give it a try.  The shape of the back is unlike a traditional chair.  It still provides all the support of a “normal” chair but it seems to be supporting my spine angle much better.  I also like the support that I’m getting right between the shoulder blades and lower back.  I sat in a Herman Miller Aeron for four years and I don’t remember ever having my chair feel as comfortable as the Keilhauer Junior.  I ended up purchasing the chair with a black leather seat and adjustable arms.  It has enough controls without being too complicated.  The Keilhauer Junior is designed by Tom Deacon.  The design has a very contemporary style to it and makes a bold statement.  The chair is also GREENGUARD Certified and contributes to our LEED certification.

I’ve been using the chair for one month and absolutely love it.  The cost of the Keilhauer Junior is maybe $200 cheaper than a Herman Miller Aeron.  While the cost of the chair is still not cheap, I rationalized with myself that I’m now at that age where I can’t afford to have back pain.  Going to a chiropractor would cost me a lot more in the long run not to mention the impact on my golf game.



  1. Leaming said,

    May 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I like this funky looking chair. When I sat in it, I just wanted to keep sitting. And putting on my health care professonal hat on, “Once you have had low back pain, you are likely to have it again”. So Pete, all that rationalizing was a good decision.

  2. kevinpaulmorris said,

    June 2, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Thanks for the post, Pete. Thought you might be interested in this post from Treehugger today:


  3. Tom Deacon said,

    June 24, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Hey Pete,
    Thanks for the enthusiastic endorsement of Junior. I haven’t been involved in furniture design for a few years but it’s great to know some of my designs are still finding an appreciative audience. You might be interested to know that Keilhauer has a more recent product (Sguig Syncro) that incorporates the same principle of support to the spine in a more visually conventional format which makes it less of a leap for the aesthetically timid.

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