Caper Stacking Chair with Molded Seat by Herman Miller
designed by Jeff Weber
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.
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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.
Materials & MeasurementsMaterials:
Tubular steel frame with a perforated, contoured molded back.
Overall: 32" h x 24.25" w x 17.25"
Seat height: 17.5"
Seat width: 17.5"
Environmental InformationEach Caper chair is 100-percent recyclable and made of 21-percent recycled material. Because all Caper chairs, including the multipurpose chair, weigh about half as much as competitive models, fewer materials and less energy are required for their manufacture. Caper chairs adhere to McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol and are GREENGUARD certified and may contribute to LEED credits.
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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."
Design StoryTo develop a better solution for hard-working, multiuse spaces, Herman Miller built on its extensive work chair research base and applied it to secondary seating. The result, the lively Caper chair, was designed by Jeff Weber of Studio Weber & Associates, using universal design principles to create one seating product that accommodates the diversity of people, tasks, and behaviors in a multitude of work areas.
Weber believes that design is ''the connective tissue'' between people and the environment, and that the quality of that design--whether of a building or a chair--profoundly effects the quality of life. The Caper chair, he says, achieves its high level of performance and comfort by ''using standard materials in novel ways.'' The Caper family provides all this at an affordable price. ''Too much good design seems expensive,'' Weber says. ''I wanted to break that cliche''
Lightweight and easy to move - singly or as a group - Caper chairs weigh about half as much as competitive models; the stackable chair without armrests weighs only 9.5 pounds. Their compact size uses valuable floor space efficiently.
Designed to be portable, Caper chairs can be stacked six-high on the floor or 15-high on the Caper Cart and then moved easily as a group.
Available with casters or with standard glides for carpets. Stacking chairs can be equipped with innovative Floor Saver Glides, which don't mar hard finishes and are ideal for vinyl composition tiles (VCT); the glide pushes dirt out of the way instead of running it over and grinding it into the tile. Easy - and safe - to pull over here or push into a group over there.
Small but mighty comfortable. The contoured, flexible seat and back evenly distribute weight, minimize pressure points, and let the user move freely. Both the seat and back are perforated with small holes to help keep the sitter cool.
The Caper Chair is designed to be lightweight and portable. The molded chair without arms weighs 9.5 lbs. and the Flexnet chair with arms weighs 11.5 lbs. All chair styles and configurations can be stacked up to 6-high on the floor, and each chair has a backrest cutout for easy movement.
The light, clean design of Caper chairs fits in without dominating the look or feel of a work area. Caper blends visually with nontraditional work chairs; its colors and form make Caper an ideal side-chair complement to the Mirra work chair. Caper is available in several colors, from playful primaries to sophisticated neutrals, each one energizing a workspace. Several colors match the Mirra chair molded back.