Sayl Work Chair

Herman Miller

Designed by Yves Béhar

People at their best live unframed, going beyond expectations to surprise and delight us. With SAYL, Yves Béhar set out to design and build a chair family that gives form to that spirit. Inspired by the principles of suspension bridges, the frameless back of the SAYL work chair encourages a full range of movement while the suspension back material keeps you cool—all with an extremely small environmental impact. It is everything a Herman Miller chair should be, at a very attainable price.

Design Story - HermanMiller asked designer Yves Béhar to design a highly affordable chair that would incorporate everything HermanMiller is known for—beautiful design, first-class ergonomics, elegant engineering, and respect for the environment. Béhar, who calls San Francisco home, began by looking at designs that deliver the most with the least. And then he took a look at his city's best-known landmark: the Golden Gate Bridge

3D Intelligent Suspension Technology - HermanMiller's work with Yves Béhar achieved a breakthrough in seating technology. Support is moulded directly into the 3D Intelligent back material. The suspension material is stretched from the Y-Tower at the back of the chair just as cables are stretched from the towers of a suspension bridge. The tension is greater in the transition areas, from the thoracic to the lumbar areas and between the lumbar area and sacrum. "Hinge points" allow these areas to flex and support the healthy, forward rotation of the pelvis. At the same time, less tension in other parts of the back encourages a full range of seated movement.


Dimensions – W620mm x D620mm


Work chairs in a mid-high back feature the 3D Intelligent suspension. Upholstered work chairs include mid and high-back models. Side chairs in four leg or sled base come in suspension, upholstered and plastic backs.

Finishes –
Suspension Back: Black; Fog; Slate Grey; Java; Studio White; Red; Green Apple and Berry Blue
Y Tower: Black or Studio White
Base: Black; Fog; Polished Aluminium

Environmental considerations

Eco-Dematerialised Design - In creating SAYL, we used fewer materials in inventive ways to make the chair attainable for more people. Fewer parts and less material ultimately mean less cost and a smaller carbon footprint. And, we produce them on three continents to cut the distance between factory and buyer. Single Parts – The AirSpan seat base, arm structure, and tilt mechanism undercarriage are fused into one, strong part; this single part reduces the chair’s material content, as well as its visual “weight”. Sculpted Strength – The Y-Tower structure is sculpted and hollowed out to achieve the most strength with the least amount of material. Essentail Forms – Controls are expressive and tactile. Just as important, they are refined until only their essential forms remain. 90 percent recyclable (suspension back work chair), 86 percent recyclable (upholstered work chair); contains no PVCs Eco-dematerialised design uses fewer materials. MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Accreditation 12 year, 3-shift warranty

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