We’ve been excited for the new Herman Miller and Yves Béhar’s SAYL chair for a long time now. It’s been three years in the making! Yes, the chair is a comfy, ergonomic sit. Yes, the chair is highly affordable. Yes, the chair has Herman Miller’s comprehensive 12-year, 3-shift parts and labor warranty. But it’s the chair’s suspension bridge inspired design that continues Herman Miller’s tradition of innovation.
Here’s what Herman Miller’s website has to say about the inspiration, “It was one of those aha! moments. Béhar wondered, could the engineering principles of a suspension bridge be applied to a chair? It turned out that, not only was it possible, but using a suspension tower to support an unframed back would reduce materials, weight, and environmental impact.”
Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, fuseproject, worked with Herman Miller to create and launch the SAYL chair. Designed with a focus on minimalism, the SAYL chair is lighter, carries less of an environmental burden and is the lowest cost task chair that Herman Miller has to offer. The SAYL chair is set apart by its frameless back structure. The suspension tower design allows for end user flexibility and movement – they can move and twist throughout the workday while maintaining an ergonomic posture. The back is available mid- or high-back and with many suspension materials. There is a whole family of seating from task chairs to side chairs.
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