At A Glance: The Sayl Chair is the latest creation from the offices of Yves Behar, a San Fransisco designer who's making a big splash on the international scene. This is a chair that wears its reputation as sculptural art on its sleeve, looking very much like the suspension bridges that inspired its design. It's beautiful, utterly unique, and priced very affordably.
What's To Like: That gorgeous back, that lovely profile. The Sayl earns its reputation as one of the most beautiful office chairs in the Herman Miller stable, and with flying colors to boot. You've also gotta love that price (you've got to!): at $399, it's the most affordable art installation you can buy. And hey, you can sit in it at work!
What's Not to Like: The chair is a bit on the small side, so if you need an expansive seat and seat back, you might want to look elsewhere. And if you like spending a ton of money on your office chair, this is also not for you. The Bottom Line: This is a gorgeous chair, a comfortable chair, and it's priced to sell. It doesn't get much better than that. Read A Review of Sayl: Smart Furniture's very own Whitney just spent a work week in Sayl - read her Sayl review here.
It's too soon to tell how many awards, accolades, and praises Herman Miller and Yves Behar will receive for their work, but the assumption is that many are to come. Yves Behar has always been known for his innovative way of thinking and problem solving, but nothing compares to the way he has paved the road for office, home, and work chairs of the future.
Creating a completely unique and one of a kind chair for Herman Miller may or may not be what Yves Behar is known for in the end, but for now he has certainly made his mark. Behar continues to make and create pieces that are one of a kind and geared specifically towards their users.
The Sayl Chair Lumbar Kit is available separately and can be fitted to the chair after purchase.
The Herman Miller Sayl Chair is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: AS2, AS4, AS5, AS2SA22PF, AS2SA22HF, AS2SA22AA, AS2SA23AA.
Smart Furniture employee and furniture aficianado Karen Culp caught up with Yves Behar, the designer of the Sayl Chair, at the Consumer Electronics Show in March 2011, soon after the chair's release. Below is a quick video of their conversation.
In 1923, the Michigan Star Furniture Company was reinvented and became the Herman Miller Furniture Company. D.J. De Pree was the first president of the Herman Miller Furniture Company. De Pree would continue to preside over the Herman Miller Company for decades, paving the way for future presidents and employees. De Pree set the standard for Herman Miller products sky high and refused to compromise on any points, including their environmental impact. De Pree revamped the company for the first of many times in 1930, vowing to move away from traditional furniture and focus more on products that would better suit the changing needs and styles of the American population. The first of Herman Miller's showrooms was opened in 1939 in Chicago's famous Merchandise Mart.
By watching how people used their standard office chairs, Behar could create an office chair that was ten steps above the rest. With the understanding of the reasons people needed an office chair and how they used it, Behar created the ultimate version of their own reality. Behar did over 1,000 sketches of the Chair before getting it right. When attempting to design the perfect office or home chair, practice makes perfect. It took time, patience, and dedication on the part of Yves Behar, but the end result was phenomenal. The chair Behar designed for Herman Miller really does surpass all others. Once you've sat in an Yves Behar Sayl Chair, it's unlikely that you'll go back to anything else.
Yves Behar A vibrant, stimulating designer based in San Francisco, California, Yves Behar's design shop has had a hand in everything from work chairs to recycling projects, department store packaging to home appliances. His goal is to responsibly produce beautiful things; if it's not responsible (environmental and socially) then it cannot be beautiful, and if it isn't beautiful it is not worth making. The Sayl Chair is just one more object in his long line of attractive and useful design pieces, all of which have a constructive place in the social landscape. With an eye toward economy, a heart toward the useful and the socially responsible, and a sensibility attuned to the lovely and the aesthetically pleasing, Behar is a strong and valuable voice in the design community.
Smart Furniture is very proud to partner with Yves Behar and Herman Miller to bring our customers the Sayl Chair, the latest in Herman Miller's long line of transformative, beautiful work chairs. The Sayl Chair is perfect for the cubicle, the home, and the museum. It's a welcome addition to Smart Furniture's catalogue, a winning and innovative work chair that will keep you comfortable, supported, and ahead of the curve when it comes to style and design.
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
It's not surprising that Herman Miller has created some of the most ergonomic task chairs on the planet. Collaborating closely with designers such as Jeff Weber, Bill Stumpf, and Yves Behar, Herman Miller has launched such office chairs as the classic Aeron to the cutting-edge Sayl Chair.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
The Sayl Chair comes with Herman Miller's 12-Year, 3-Shift Warranty
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