20-Year-Old Masterpiece Revised for the New World

aeron_fbIn 1994, we were preparing to relocate our business to our current Smith St. location and Herman Miller was shipping out its new Aeron chair. It was a great year, not only for us, but for the rest of the world, because the Aeron chair changed what we knew a chair to be. With its ergonomic design, solid construction, and unique design, the Aeron chair redefined what to expect from an office chair. If you became a proud owner of the Aeron chair within the past 20 years, you are most likely still sitting in it today. Even with a 12-year warranty, chances are your chair is still working just like the day you first sat in it. Not many chair companies can say they make a chair to last that long. Why Change? A Lot has Happened in 20 Years Computers can now fit in your pocket, offices are leaving the cubicles and laying out open spaces with low-profile desks, and the day to day work life has changed to compliment the technological advances of the past two decades. Not only has technology changed, but health research has led to advancements in ergonomics and anthropometrics over the past few years. The new Herman Miller Aeron Chair not only utilizes new types of materials and manufacturing, but also takes into consideration the latest health research to maximize the benefits of owning one of the new Aeron chairs for today’s workspace. What’s changed? Though it may look like the same chair, it has been aesthetically updated with a slimmer chassis, making it 4 lbs. lighter than the classic Aeron. The knobs and adjustments have been redesigned with a few key features added too. No longer will it take hundreds of dial turns to adjust the tension. Within a few turns, you can now adjust the new Aeron’s tension and the additional adjustments are more responsive too, making the chair faster to adjust for today’s on-the-go working environment. adjustabilityThey modified the arm adjustments. The adjustment mechanism is located in the same place as the classic Aeron but it’s a much smoother transition, accomplished with one hand (vs. two as was needed with the classic chair.) Today, the arms adjust up and down, and pivot in and out. An enhancement in the new chair is that the arms also now slide forward and backward to support more positions, without the arms getting in the way or leaving any surface damage. adjustability-2Moving our way down, a re-engineered, slimmer tilt mechanism provides sitters with a smoother ride and enables seemless posture modifications, from upright to recline and every position in between. To enable a person to be fully supported in an upright posture and across a wider range of postures, the frame angle of the new Aeron has been adjusted 1.8 degrees forward. Whether a person is positioned forward for typing and intense focus, or fully-reclined for conversation and contemplation, they will find the new Aeron moving with them— seamlessly. Better Suspension The mesh “fabric” ascertained by the iconic classic Aeron chair is called Pellicle®. By doing away with foam and fabric, the classic Aeron solved one of prolonged sitting’s biggest predicaments: the buildup of heat and humidity close to the body, creating an uncomfortable sitting experience the longer you sat, as well as slowly deteriorating the foam construction of the seat leading to a chair that could not withstand daily use – Pellicle® pellicleThe definitive features of the elastomeric suspension have been redesigned with new manufacturing techniques that enable it to have 8 different zones across the seat and back. The new 8Z Pellicle® is tighter at the edges and becomes looser in key areas where the body rests against the fabric, providing better comfort and support than the original Aeron chair. Though the original Pellicle® breathed, allowing the body to stay cool while sitting for long periods, the new 8Z Pellicle® has greater breathing capabilities that enable air, body heat, and water vapor to pass through the seat and backrest. pellicle24 SUPPORT zones have the most tension. Located closest to the top and bottom edges of the frame these zones help the sitter to fully engage with the Pellicle and are the first point of contact with the suspension material to reinforce a healthful seated posture. 2 SOFTENING zones have the least amount of tension and cradle the sit bones and scapulars. This helps to reduce pressure in these areas and allow you to move freely in the chair while still engaging with the Pellicle. 2 STABILIZATION zones have mid-level tension. They accommodate the key muscle groups of the sitter at a healthy angle without letting the body sink/ hammock into the chair. Together, the 8 zones deliver the preemptive support your body needs to stay active throughout the day.   aeron-pellicle-zonesImproved Posture Support posturefitA new support option, PostureFit SL ™, was designed to support the sacral and lumbar regions of the spine as well as help strengthen the spine. An active body is at its strongest when standing, chest open and pelvis tilted slightly forward, it makes sense that you would be better off sitting like that too. And that’s exactly where PostureFit SL comes in. This improved feature is adjustable and has individual pads, which stabilize the sacrum and support the lumbar region of the spine, in order to mimic a healthful standing position. Because you don’t sit still, the new Aeron’s dynamic support responds to your every move. posturefit Even though the pads flex and move separately, to match the movement of the sitter, they are controlled together to ensure proper alignment. To loosen the pressure from the spine, rotate the knob backward. To dial in for more support–fitting the curvature of the spine, rotate the knob forward. In all instances the sacral pad engages first, leading the way for the lumbar pad to follow. While PostureFit SL is the most advanced option, three additional back support options are available so you can customize the chair based on your work needs. aeron-support-optionsNew Curated Finishes Through hundreds of samples, tests, and iterations, Herman Miller arrived at three tightly curated, holistic material expressions. Graphite is the darkest, a modern take on the original Aeron. Carbon offers a balanced neutral that works equally well in warm and cool environments. Mineral is the lightest, ideal for today’s more open office environments. aeron-colors More Environmentally Sustainable Similar to the classic Aeron, Herman Miller designed and manufactures this chair to be sensitive to the environment and removes unwanted substances, achieving BIFMA level® 3 and Greenguard Gold Certified status. They have also achieved the new Cradle to Cradle Silver standard. C2C is an ecological certification that honors Aeron for being designed using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients after its useful life. aeron-environmentA Chair for Today aeron-for-todayWe are happy that the Aeron chair is getting an update after 22 years. Herman Miller and Don Chadwick have designed and developed a new masterpiece that is meant for today’s new office environments. Ultimately, they didn’t recreate or redesign the Aeron Chair— they remastered it, with newer technologies and health research for the purpose of staying on top of the changes that have taken place over the past two decades. It is still the same chair, just better, and that is what we like about this new Aeron – It’s not Aeron 2, it’s Aeron for Today. If you have questions about the updated Aeron chair by Herman Miller our experienced sales staff can help, call 1-(800)-292-6984. Click here for Product Brochure Save Save Save

Private firm needed room to grow and we delivered

working-girl-scoutsCG TEAM Paul Santer, Sales Amber Yost, Design PRODUCT Conference Room FOCUS TASK SEATING – SitOnIt CUSTOM WAVELENGTH TABLE – Versteel Offices PULSE CASEGOODS – First Office FOCUS TASK SEATING – SitOnIt SAYL SIDE CHAIRS – Herman Miller Dorms EZ LOFT BEDS – Brill Furniture Lounge CITI LOUNGE – Global FREELANCE SIDE CHAIRS – SitOnIt working-jacobs-engineering-2working-jacobs-engineeringworking-girl-scouts-4 This client has been a customer of Contemporary Galleries for over 30 years. We were thrilled to learn that they planned to use us for their newly renovated headquarters, which used to be an automobile dealership. We had worked with the architect’s designer in the past so the dedicated team from CG got to work assisting with the development of specifications for the project. The client requested 14 private offices, 21 work stations, a custom boardroom with seating for 24, a training room to seat 60, as well as bunk beds to sleep 26. The architect selected the fabrics and finishes for the solutions we provided and in the end the project came together to give our client a beautiful and functional space that all parties involved could be proud of.

Modular walls saved big money for government

hallwayCG TEAM Lucinda Santer, Account Manager PRODUCT Hallway MODULAR WALLS – DIRTT Environmental Solutions Office ACTION OFFICE WORK STATION – Herman Miller Conference Room MODULAR GLASS STOREFRONT WALLS – DIRTT Environmental Solutions Hallway MODULAR WALLS – DIRTT Environmental Solutions conference-roomhallway-2office A client of Contemporary Galleries’ for over 25 years, they got the idea of modular furniture. All of the employees had been sitting in Herman Miller cubicles or offices with Herman Miller modular wall systems for years. So when the decision was made that everyone would now be in full height offices, they jumped at the idea of doing modular construction…it could be moved and rearranged without having to fix or patch walls or ceiling grids. But what they liked the most is that DIRTT Environmental Solutions could host any manufacturer’s hanging furniture simply by ordering the appropriate converter bracket. Save Save Save

Modular walls make for a speedy turnaround

crossroads-chevy-1CG TEAM Lucinda Santer, Account Manager PRODUCT Showroom OFFICE MODULAR WALLS – DIRTT Environmental Solutions Children’s Waiting BEAN BAGS – Artisan Guild WALL MOUNTED TOYS – Keebee Toys Open Offices ETHOSPACE PANELS/DESKS – Herman Miller FOCUS TASK SEATING – Sit On It FOCUS GUEST SEATING – Sit On It Waiting MEDIA WALL w/ INTEGRATED BREATHE PLANT WALL – DIRTT crossroads-chevy-2crossroads-chevy-3crossroads-chevy-4 The client understood the need for speed on this construction project and the GC knew he could not make his goal date. Their decision to go with modular walls instead of conventional construction was clinched with the idea of leasing. All of the interior walls with the exception of the firewalls and wet walls were pulled out of the construction budget and put into the FF&E budget. Just because it can be considered “furniture” in the budget doesn’t mean that DIRTT is only tall furniture. DIRTT Environmental Solutions is a custom prefabricated system that is designed, built and installed to fit a client’s building. Save Save

New Website

cgwv-logoWe are proud to present our latest website and new logo. Uniting modern aesthetics with smooth transitioning, we are excited at the potential extension this new site can bring to our business. Located in our menu are galleries to browse through some of our highlighted products. Phase two of our website is already under development and in the coming months we will have a product database in our menu, where you can browse our different furniture lines. cg-logosOur new logo has been slowly released over the past few months. Additional features include:
  • A new blog system. We will now be posting weekly about new events, products, design ideas, and highlighting local artists and projects throughout West Virginia.
  • A new project showcase. Below our blog headlines you will find our highlighted projects with photos of completed jobs and testimonials from our happy customers.
  • We have brought back our contact us form. If you have any questions about our products and services just send us a message with the form at the bottom of the homepage.
  • New mobile-friendly features that allow for an enjoyable and organized visit to our website for cellphone or tablet.
product-databaseComing Soon:
  • A detailed product database. We sell over 30,000 different products between our residential and commercial divisions, which is why we have never developed an online database before. This new feature will be a handpicked collection of our most popular furniture lines for your browsing pleasure.
We hope that you enjoy our new website and look forward to providing even more online services in the future. cgwv-logoSave Save

Showcase: CELLE TASK SEATING

automall-first-floor-lobby-cgCG TEAM Leon Ivey, Sales PRODUCT Sales / Reception ETHOSPACE WORKSTATIONS – Herman Miller CELLE TASK SEATING – Herman Miller Lounge / Waiting G3 LOUNGE – First Office Open Offices ETHOSPACE PANELS/DESKS – Herman Miller CELLE TASK SEATING – Herman Miller ASIDE GUEST SEATING – Herman Miller bam-sales-manager-cgbam-touchdown-stations-cg Save Save

Showcase: ETHOSPACE WORK STATIONS

working-harpers-ferry-2-smCG TEAM Kelly Davis, Sales Amber Yost, Design Taylor Kraus, DIRTT Design PRODUCT Offices ETHOSPACE WORK STATIONS – Herman Miller EMBODY CHAIRS – Herman Miller Conference Room MODULAR WALLS – DIRTT Environmental Solutions CAPER SIDE CHAIRS – Herman Miller EVERYWHERE TABLE – Herman Miller Meeting Area MERIDIAN FILING W/ TOPS – Herman Miller TIFFANY STOOLS – Loewenstein working-harpers-ferry-3-smworking-harpers-ferry-sm Save