Don Chadwick

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Donald "Don" T. Chadwick[1] (born 1936) is an American industrial designer specializing in office seating.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles and developed an interest in furniture making from his grandfather, a cabinetmaker.[2] He studied design at the University of California, Los Angeles.[3]


He worked for architect Victor Gruen, and in 1964 founded his own practice. As a young designer Chadwick gained recognition for his entries in the Pasadena Art Museum's California Design exhibitions.[4] His 1968 prototype for cardboard furniture predates the easy edges cardboard furniture by Frank Gehry.[4] He has designed the Chadwick modular seating system (1974) and, in cooperation with Bill Stumpf, the Equa 1 (1984) and the Aeron chair (1994), all for Herman Miller.[3][5] Among his recent designs is the Chadwick chair and Spark chair for Knoll, and Ballo for Human Scale.


  • Friedman, Mildred, Ed. A Serious Chair — Design Quarterly 126. Minneapolis and Cambridge: The Walker Art Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984. ISSN 0011-9415
  • Olivares, Jonathan, Ed. Don Chadwick Photography 1961-2005. Barcelona: Apartamento Publishing S.L., 2019 ISBN 978-84-09-11610-2
  • Amy Auscherman, Sam Gawe, Leon Ransmeier, Eds. "Ergon Chairs 1976" in Herman Miller: A Way of Living. London: Phaidon Press, 2019. 460-481 ISBN 9780714875217



  1. ^ "The Collection | Donald T. Chadwick, William Stumpf. Aeron Office Chair. 1992". MoMA. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  2. ^ "HKDI and Herman Miller Presents: A series of lectures by design leaders". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  3. ^ a b "Don Chadwick". Knoll. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  4. ^ a b Auscherman, Amy (2019). Herman Miller: A Way of Living. London: Phaidon. p. 461. ISBN 9780714875217.
  5. ^ Industrial Designers Society of America. "Ergon Chair (1976)". Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2011-09-26.