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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:11 AM
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by MK last modified Feb 20, 2011

When I first saw images of the Sayl chair designed by Yves Behar for Herman Miller, I fell in love at first sight. But today, spending time sitting in this chair, I was able to enjoy the comfort that thoughtful engineering provides. Originally inspired by the engineering of the Golden Gate suspension bridge, Yves designed [...]




 

 


When I first saw images of the Sayl chair designed by Yves Behar for Herman Miller, I fell in love at first sight. But today, spending time sitting in this chair, I was able to enjoy the comfort that thoughtful engineering provides. Originally inspired by the engineering of the Golden Gate suspension bridge, Yves designed the Sayl chair for maximum support and flexibility while using minimal materials. Rather than having the material that a wrap around frame requires, he instead uses a center vertical support with a patterned mesh, creating a 3-D intelligent back that has different degrees of tension for each part of your back. Not only does this mean there is less material required, less cost, but it is also extremely comfortable. Plus, it is 93% recyclable and is certified Cradle to Cradle Silver.
This elegant solution is a wonderful example of the beauty that can come from innovating for less. Yves has other such projects like his One Laptop per Child.
Check out the Herman Miller website on the chair. They share interesting information, photos and videos on the process of the design of the chair.
And on top of it all, it is a fun experience designing your own Sayl chair. You can choose from different colors for the frame, and different types of fabrics and chair types. I designed my chair 5 different times (with various bold colors), before finally settling on classic gray and black.
Fabulous.


 

 

 
 
 

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