The first presidential debate was, as CNN correspondent Dana Bash called it, a “shitshow.” Candidates threw insults, someone was called a “clown,” moderator Chris Wallace got thrown into mix and now the Commission on Presidential Debates is changing its structure to combat future chaos. Yet there was one unsung hero of the debate: Wallace’s Aeron office chair.

For over an hour and a half, the Aeron gave Wallace the support he needed to deal with bickering back-and-forths between the presidential nominees. The chair uses a patented hardware, PostureFit SL, which engages the body to mimic “its strongest posture: standing, chest open, and pelvis tilted slightly forward,” regardless of sitting position, according to its manufacturer, Herman Miller. The task chair offers some deep reclining action, but there was no relaxing during the debate. Dubbed “The Dot-Com Throne” for its immense popularity with the tech industry of the late ’90s, the Aeron was one of the first task chairs to successfully implement a mesh seat, and lord knows Wallace needed it to keep his cool. It remains one of the best desk, task and office chairs you can buy.


Aeron Chair

Herman Miller


We’re not sure how Herman Miller, or the Aeron’s late designer Bill Stumpf, feels about the seat making an appearance at the worst presidential debate in history. But we’re pretty sure it was the best seat in the house.

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Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s Associate Staff Writer.

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