An industrial design student at UCLA in the mid-1950s, Chadwick’s focus in furniture sharpened after attending a lecture from celebrated designers Charles and Ray Eames. Ten years later, he had his own design studio in Los Angeles—a small space above a hardware store—where he spent much of his time trying to promote his ideas to manufacturers. “It started, I believe, in 1972,” as Chadwick puts it when Herman Miller paid him a visit. He’s designed and co-designed some of the company’s most recognizable products ever since. In the midst of his budding (and soon-to-be booming) career, Chadwick returned to UCLA to bestow his knowledge upon students as a professor, from 1976 to 1985.
An avid collector of art, Chadwick is no stranger to museums—and neither are his designs. The Aeron Chair, an ergonomic icon he co-designed with Bill Stumpf for Herman Miller in 1994, became part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection before it went into production.
He worked for architect Victor Gruen, and in 1964 founded his own practice. He has designed the Chadwick modular seating system (1974) and, in cooperation with Bill Stumpf, the Equa 1 (1984) and the Aeron chair (1994), all for Herman Miller. Among his recent designs is the Chadwick chair for Knoll.“"