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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?


“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.

Words by Andrew Willis