The human body is a constant source of inspiration for me, says Minneapolis designer Jeff Weber. "Workplace demands and responsibilities may change, but the human element remains relatively the same. My challenge is always, 'How can I produce something that will actually improve that condition?' Comfort and health are like love and peace: Can we ever have enough?"
We will probably never have enough love and peace, but thanks to Weber's work with Bill Stumpf in designing the Embody chair, the levels of comfort and health in the world have increased dramatically. "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. It's a fundamental principle we employ every day."
Weber has designed many other Herman Miller products, including the Envelop Desk, Caper chair, Avive tables, and Intersect Portfolio. "I've always believed that good design is a blend of art and science," he says. "To use that combination in ways that positively impact how people live and work is really exciting to me."