At A Glance: The Caper Chair is a light and portable option for group seating. Whether you're looking to fill a boardroom or a cafeteria, or just for a couple of side chairs, these are a bright and colorful option. Loose, inexpensive, and extremely flexible - a model for the modern company, and the modern office.
What's To Like: The price for this chair is outstanding - it's by far one of the cheapest side chairs on the fine furniture market. The molded plastic makeup of the chair makes it a lot lighter than most of its fellows, i.e., easier to move from place to place.
What's Not to Like: If light and thin isn't your bag, then these chairs may not be right for you. If you like a softer, more giving seat, then you may want to check out the Caper Chair with a Flexnet Seat.
The Bottom Line: These are great options for office and homes that need a lot of chairs that can serve a lot of purposes. The feel of the chairs is literally and figuratively light, so that's a big big plus.
Herman Miller has always been a giant in the work chair industry, with a massive catalogue of beautiful, iconic, comfortable, ergonomic, and yes, expensive chairs all having received their due on the national and international stage. However, the modern moment has moved away in some respects from the monolithic furniture of the 20th century, and now flexibility, adaptability, and value are more and more important to businesses and buyers. That's why Herman Miller has invested in designs and designers that are interested in those things and more, who want to make useful furniture, but who also bear the unmistakable stamp of class and quality that has made Herman Miller and international name. Say hello to the Herman Miller Caper Chair.
The Herman Miller Caper Chair is a new arrival on the scene of flexible, playful office furniture. It's got a breezy feel and a curvilinear, engaging profile. The back of the chair is almost freestanding, relying very little on traditional support (poles or bars that run up the sides of the chair, all the way to the shoulder). The small holes that dot the seat and back not only look great, they allow air to pass freely between the user and the atmosphere, cutting down on heat buildup and discomfort. They also bring to mind a part of designer Jeff Weber's design philosophy; that industrial design items like chairs and desks should be the connective tissue between people and their environments. The holes make it seem as if the Caper Chair is both; a solid piece of design fading to the environment, and vice versa. Another part of Weber's design criteria, that every piece of material be both aesthetically pleasing and functional, is expressed in the simple materials of the chair. There are the legs, polished and elegant, and all one piece. And then the sweeping, gentle curves of the back and seat, which are separated but similar. The chair comes in a variety of colors and finishes, the better to accentuate our room, office, or floor. There is an element of partnership in the design, as there is with all of the products here at Smart Furniture; the customer is always the final designer, choosing the right finishes and colors for their taste and space.
The Herman Miller Caper Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: WC420N, WC420P, WC410N, WC410P.
DesignerJeff Weber and Bill Stumpf
So how do you pack so many ideas, so much flexibility and functionality, into such a beautiful, elegant, simple package? You get Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf to design it.
Jeff Weber has been one of Herman Miller's favorite designers for a while, and he was instrumental on bringing the Embody Chair to the forefront of the office chair world. Weber was the chief designer for the Caper Chair project, and his goal was simple; to create flexible furniture that didn't break the bank or the back. He did it using the most advanced materials and technologies available, and the guidance of Bill Stumpf, a former colleague who had worked with Weber on the ever-more iconic Embody Chair.
Stumpf believed that every part of a chair should serve two purposes; an aesthetic purpose and a functional purpose. In that way, every part of a chair (or any other industrial design piece) would be necessary, and a unified part. There would be no waste, no showing off, and no unnecessary flourish that could derail the entire project. The Caper Chair is the fulfilment of this dream, this philosophy, and there could be no more attractive, playful, and useful testament to the lasting legacy of Bill Stumpf's ideas about furniture design. This chair is a triumph of functionality and adaptability over pure looks, and a great example of unified design in action.
Stumpf's association with Herman Miller began in 1970 when he joined the staff of the Herman Miller Research Corporation. After establishing his own firm in 1972, Stumpf created the Ergon chair, the first ergonomic work chair. Later, in collaboration with Don Chadwick, he produced the groundbreaking Equa and iconic Aeron chairs. He also was principal designer for the Ethospace system.
Jeff Weber's work includes a wide spectrum of products, but he became interested in furniture design when he teamed up with Bill Stumpf. "Bill's design spirit will inspire all my future work," says Weber. One example is Stumpf's "uni-part" theory. "It says that all components of any given object must have a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one," says Weber. "It's a fundamental principle we employ every day."