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Sayl Chair Design

In 1923, the Michigan Star Furniture Company was reinvented and became the Herman Miller Furniture Company with D.J. De Pree as its first President. De Pree would continue to preside over Herman Miller 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 environmental impact. De Pree revamped the company for the first time 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.

George Nelson, a design pioneer of his time, was hired as Herman Miller's first design director in 1945. Herman Miller continued to release innovative, unique, and beautiful furniture and accessories throughout the decades leading up to today. Currently, Herman Miller, Inc. is a company that works to make a better world around it. Herman Miller claims to design furniture and other related services that improve the human experience wherever consumers work, heal, learn, and live. Herman Miller's curiosity and design excellence have created many award winning products. Herman Miller is an established an admired global company. The Herman Miller Company is respected by its peers and admired by its consumers. Herman Miller became a public company in 1970, and its net fiscal sales have exceeded $1.3 billion for several years.

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Herman Miller has made quality chairs for almost ninety years now. There is no disputing this fact. The Sayl Chair is the best of the best. It's well made, comfortable, and—most importantly—it is aesthetically pleasing. To the average consumer, this seems like a no-brainer. Aren't all chairs made this way? The simple answer is "No." Chairs are one of the most difficult pieces of furniture to design and manufacture. It takes a brilliant mind combined with a well-trained eye for design to complete the perfect chair. Yves Behar succeeded when he designed and created the Sayl Chair. The difficulty involved in creating the chair was even more complex because he was seeking to minimize the materials used in its construction. The ingenuity and detailing in the Herman Miller Sayl Chair are light-years ahead of the competition.

In a sea of uncomfortable and poorly made chairs, it's the great white shark, ahead of the curve. The Sayl Chair by Yves Behar is the newest addition to the family of Herman Miller work chairs. Sayl is also available as a side chair. In addition to being available in a variety of colors, trims, and materials, the Sayl Chair can be purchased with various options and customizations. The one constant in the chair is the suspension style chair back with its revolutionary "Y" frame design. This "Y" frame was inspired by San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Additionally, San Francisco is the home of the chair's designer, Yves Behar. The design connection between this famous bridge and the Herman Miller Sayl Chair is subtle—yet unmistakable.

At first glance you may not see the resemblance, but look closer and there is no denying the design connection between the Sayl Chair and San Francisco's famous bridge. The chair has been promoted as an attainable work chair within the Herman Miller family of ergonomic chairs. Sometimes compared to the Aeron or Embody as a less expensive—yet still highly adjustable—alternative, Sayl is one of the most affordable ergonomic work chairs you can find. The Sayl Chair by Yves Behar is priced at just over $400, but the tricked out version can run upwards of $800. The higher-priced chair will include a multitude of adjustment capabilities as well as polished aluminum accents. There is almost no end to the possible combinations of colors, styles, and features available on the Sayl Chair.

Unlike most Herman Miller chairs, the Sayl Chair is a return to chairs that allow the owners to make them their own. No matter what your taste, there is a chair for you. The main benefits of the Sayl Chair are the price and the innovative seat back. Not only is the seat back of this chair appealing to the eye, but it is designed to conform to the person sitting in it. Just another way the chair is made for you. Sayl can also be bought with adjustments for height as well as lumbar support. The chair brilliantly combines manually adjustable features with ones that are meant to conform automatically to the person using the chair. This is the work chair's version of a hybrid. The construction of the chair is impeccable and the quality of materials used in its production is unsurpassed by any other work chair.

The Herman Miller Sayl Chair seems unthinkably high tech and in complete contrast with the old-time design process. Actually, Behar scoffed at the assumption that design should be completely computer-generated in modern times. In fact he did not put the Sayl Chair's designs into a computer until over a year of design trial and error had passed. With Recor leading Yves Behar's technical design team, there were more than seventy prototypes created of the chair. With each step, the team proved that they could create a shape using a bridge-like construction, and then change it to fit Herman Miller's ergonomic standards. Eventually the materials would develop so that they would stretch or remain firm as needed. Only after a year and a half of trial and error were the first images of the Sayl Chair put onto a computer. Of course, the chair is a model of ergonomic brilliance and aesthetic beauty, but it is also extremely sturdy.

There doesn't seem to be a furniture company with more rigorous testing procedures than Herman Miller. Herman Miller's employees jokingly refer to the "testing" room at Herman Miller as the torture chamber. Here, between an array of brutal machinery, Herman Miller's chairs are put to the test. These tests include being repeatedly thumped with weights, pushed, pulled, and stretched in every thinkable direction and repeatedly squashed with a huge weight for days on end. If the chair didn't stand up to the rigorous tests, it was back to the drawing board for Yves Behar. It was put through the wringer, to put it mildly. The "squashing" is designed to replicate the effects of having an average human sit in the chair for 24 hours a day over 12 years. 12 years is the length of Herman Miller's product guarantee. The Sayl Chair's back was subjected to 1,000,000 mechanical "pulls" before being thought fit for manufacture. After going through all of this, Sayl was finally deemed worthy for sale to the masses.

Sayl Chair by Herman Miller

Herman Miller's Sayl Chair comes in a variety of color choices that allow you to express your individuality. Mix the colors on the seat and back for a more original look, or keep them all the same color if you prefer a more traditional style. Sayl is available in a few different combinations of base and "Y" Tower finishes. All of the different combinations are available with different colored finishes on the back suspension, arm pads, and seat material.

There are also different structural variations of the Sayl Chair. The armrests are available fully adjustable, stationary, or height adjustable for an additional cost. The Sayl Chair is available with no additional back support or adjustable lumbar support for an additional cost. The chair is available with carpet casters or hard floor casters. Sayl Chairs ship ready to assemble.

The dimensions of the chair are 34.25"–38.7" high, 24.5" wide, and 24.5" deep. The chair weighs in at an extraordinarily light 37 pounds. Sayl is so light because of the revolutionary eco-friendly materials used in its assembly.

Whether or not a chair is perfect for you always comes back to how the assembly process goes. It all starts here. Imagine hundreds of screws, pieces, nuts, bolts, instructions, and everything else strewn across your kitchen floor. You're having flashbacks to putting together the bassinette or crib for your children. This is what the assembly process is almost always like for the consumer. The Herman Miller Sayl Chair is the exception to the rule. The Sayl Chair makes the assembly process virtually nonexistent. The first step in assembling the chair is placing the seat of the chair onto the base. Step two? There is no step two. Now, instead of spending three hours putting together a lousy piece of furniture, you're sitting in your new chair and getting on with your life. This is the extent of assembling the Herman Miller Sayl Chair by Yves Behar. Step two is to sit in your new chair. Ergonomic chairs are often heavier and more cumbersome than other office chairs. This chair weighs in at an impressively light 37 pounds.

Details, details, details. How does the chair feel? Effortless. The chair was designed to be totally comfortable and completely effortless. The special suspension seat back designed by Yves Behar for the chair really accomplished this goal. Unlike the usual fabric found on the backs of office chairs, the Sayl Chair uses an almost rubbery material that is malleable and smooth to the touch. This allows the user of the chair to stay relaxed.

The back of the chair has a slight give or bounce to it, and keeps you cool and ventilated. The tension of the chair back feels perfect, with just enough give to keep you happy while providing enough tension to support you. The Sayl Chair offers a more unique sitting experience than other Herman Miller chairs. There is a definite Behar touch to Sayl. As a result of his inspiration, the slick design of the chair will help any office achieve a more modern motif.

The Sayl Chair achieved a particular breakthrough in seating technology. Sayl has a revolutionary 3D intelligent-suspension back. The support system of the Sayl Chair is intertwined directly into the 3D back material. The back of the Sayl Chair molds to give you the support you need, eliminating rigid edges and the need for a frame. The suspension back of the chair is a flexible elastomer that adapts to each consumer's unique shape and provides brilliant comfort and support for all body types. No other chair can boast the same.

The suspension material on the chair is stretched from the "Y" Tower at the back, imitating the way cables are stretched from the towers of a bridge. The tension on these materials is greater in the transition areas, stretching from the lumbar area to the thoracic area of the chair. Hinge points on the Herman Miller Sayl Chair allow these specific areas to flex and support the rotation of the pelvis. Other parts of the back are provided with less tension, allowing full range of seated movement when occupying the Sayl Chair.

The back of the chair is truly remarkable. Its distinctive "Y" Tower structure provides the connection points for the suspension in the backing. This is the foundation of the Herman Miller Sayl Chair's distinctive arc, which mirrors the curvature of the user's spine. The chair gives or supports according to the individual. Support is molded directly into the chair's 3D intelligent seat back material. That support is greater in areas that need it including sacrum, lumbar, and spine. The chair offers less support in other areas, allowing freer movement. The back of the chair also supports the transition area from the thoracic to lumbar areas and also between the lumbar and sacral areas.
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