Herman Miller Sayl Side Chair with Sled Base
designed by Yves Behar
At A Glance:
The Sayl Side Chair with Sled Base is the lighter, go-anywhere little brother of Herman Miller's Sayl Task Chair, the latest creation from the offices of Yves Behar, a San Fransisco designer whose reputation precedes him as a world-class designer. While not achieving the frameless, suspension-bridge-like design of the task chair, the side chair is beautiful in its own right, unique, and priced affordably.
What's To Like:
Its sweeping, squared-off back and low-gravity frame. The Sayl Side Chair is easily one of Herman Miller's most easy-on-the-eyes side chairs. And at $384.00 for the Sled Base version ($349.00 for the 4-Leg Base), the price is not what you'd expect to pay for an Yves Behar design.
What's Not to Like:
The Sayl Side Chair is a bit on the small side, so if you need an expansive seat and seat back, you might want to look elsewhere. Aside from that, there isn't much to say. It's a nice side chair for a nice price.
The Bottom Line:
This is a chair with the looks of a piece of sculpture, and its curving, relaxed back feels great to lean into. It doesn't get much better than that.
The Sayl Side Chair with Sled Base Features:
- Suspension Back for firm but yielding support
- 92 percent recyclable environmentally responsible construction
- Fabric-upholstered seat for comfort
- For carpet, choose glides or none; for use on hard floors, choose nylon glides
The Herman Miller Sayl Side is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: AS5, AS5SSN, AS5SSP.
The Sayl Side Chair has an upholstered seat with foam padding. The Sayl Chair's overall components are constructed from plastic, steel, foam, and textile. Glides are vinyl.
All base finishes are cast aluminum.
Overall: 34.25" h x 24" w x 22.5" d
Greenguard Certified as low-emitting product that meets indoor air quality standardsMBDC Silver Cradle to Cradle Certified as part of a closed-loop materials systemUp to 92 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life; plastic components are identified with an ASTM recycling codeManufactured using 100 percent green power free of water and air emissions The plant where Sayl is manufactured is an ISO 14001-certified site
The Sayl Side Chair carries MBDC Cradle to Cradle certification, meaning that at every step of the design and manufacturing process, it has been made as environmentally friendly as possible. The first step in the process is a chemical evaluation of the materials used in the chair. At the deepest level possible, Herman Miller inspects their products for any possibly harmful element within them. Doing this ensures that every product sold by Herman Miller, including the Sayl Side Chair, is totally safe for the air, for the environment, and for the quality of your workspace.
After that, each product is evaluated on whether or not it's easy to take apart. Because products like the Sayl Side Chair are so often recyclable when broken down into their component parts, making that breakdown easy is essential to actually getting the products to end up in a recycling barrel, and not a landfill or a dump. The Sayl Side Chair is easy to take apart, easy to recycle, and therefore much more likely to have a negligible environmental impact.
Recycling is obviously important to the environment, and to Herman Miller. That's why the Sayl Side Chair is 92 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life. That's a huge number, and it far outpaces the competition in terms of sustainable, recyclable manufacturing processes. Much of the material used to build the chair has itself been recycled.
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 (environmentally and socially) then it cannot be beautiful, and if it isn't beautiful it is not worth making. The Sayl Side 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.