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Forward thinking furniture company Herman Miller has teamed up with designer Yves Behar to create the next generation of fully-customisable ergonomic work chairs.

Behar, best known for his “One Laptop Per Child” $100 laptop, was inspired by a suspension bridge for his new SAYL range, which explains the fully suspended, entirely frameless backrest featured in the chairs. Neat eh?

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“We watched how people sit and work,” says Behar. “We did over 1000 sketches. We built over 70 prototypes. We re-examined everything from back construction to the smallest knobs.”

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Embracing an “eco-dematerialised” approach to design the team has removed any unnecessary guff, found with depressing frequency on crappy office chairs everywhere.

The pared-down use of materials has resulted in a range of slim line models, all of which are cheaper to produce and more environmentally sound than their clunky counterparts.

If you consider yourself a style savvy desk-jockey (like us at Esquire) the SAYL range may just be for you. Prices start from £350.

www.hermanmiller.co.uk

Words by Andrew Willis