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Aeron designer Stumpf is dead at 70

Industrial designer Bill Stumpf, best known for as the co-creator of the Aeron ergonomic chair, has died of complications related to abdominal surgery, the New York Times reports. He was 70.

The Aeron chair, designed by Stumpf and Don Chadwick for the Herman Miller furniture company, has a permanent spot in the Museum of Modern Art. Stumpf himself has been honored with this year's National Design Award in the Product Design category. But the Aeron will quite likely be best remembered as an icon of a bygone age--the late-'90s dot-com boom and subsequent bust.

The high-end, futuristic-looking Aeron chairs, originally priced at $1,150, dotted many an Internet start-up office (along with the requisite foosball tables and basketball hoops) and later became staples of failed companies' auctions. They're still available for $899 today.

Bill Stumpf is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.