When considering what to look for in an office chair, a lot of things come to mind. For many customers, comfort is the number one priority. For others, good ergonomic back support is the most important thing. And, for still others, the price tag is the preeminent measure of which chair to buy. One aspect of office chair buying that is sometimes overlooked, however, is who actually makes the product. While the Mirra Chair was commissioned, produced and marketed by Herman Miller, it is Studio 7.5 who actually designed and built the chair for commercial sale and reproduction. And there are few furniture makers on earth more worthy of your trust and admiration than Studio 7.5. Ten years down the road, Studio 7.5 has reimagined the Mirra chair and come up with the Mirra 2 Chair.
Studio 7.5 is a German company dedicated to freedom of movement and design. They made the Mirra 2 Chair in that same spirit; as a product marked by many fingerprints, suited for many purposes, many offices, and many rooms. Adaptability and well-tuned adjustment capability are the main qualities the finished Mirra 2 Chair possesses, aside from exquisite comfort and unflinching support. Studio 7.5 isn't like most firms, and the chair they produced isn't like most chairs. The process that led to the creation of the Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair was intensive and profoundly interesting. At Studio 7.5, things are run very differently from a typical American business. They were committed not only to the idea of the chair - of the product - but also to the idea of their unique company. So committed, in fact, that they have no bosses, no owners, no employees. They're a collective of innovative designers whose original business plan was to buy a 7.5 ton truck and move their studio from place to place: thus the name.
Of course, the truck thing never really came to pass; they were too successful, too in demand, and too in need of freedom and space to work their magic on industrial design items. The Mirra 2 Chair, while one of their finest pieces of work, is far from their only work. They have a long track record of success in creating beautiful, useful, innovative products for an international market. They are a company to be trusted when it comes to utility, aesthetic quality, and innovation. The Mirra 2 Chair and Studio 7.5 are ideas both Herman Miller and Smart Furniture can stand behind with pride and complete trust.
So who is Studio 7.5? If there are no bosses and no owners, who makes the products? Who designs them and runs the business?
Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, and Carola Zwick were the original members of the team, later joined by Roland Zwick. All of them had backgrounds in industrial design, and long resumes full of success, beauty, and excellent functionality. When asked about the Mirra Chair, one of their latest and greatest productions, they brighten, and can speak in depth and with intense detail about the chair. About the Mirra chair: "We define not only how the chair looks but how it performs," says Carola. "We're very involved with its physical behavior, because beauty is not only what you see, it's also what you feel." This is the philosophy that led to the paradoxical pursuits of less material and more support, fewer adjustments and a better fit, and high value at low cost. It also led to one of the most innovative chairs this decade, and in more ways than one. Studio 7.5 blended scientific research, ergonomic study and fashion-forward aesthetics to forge a signature chair: the Mirra 2.
Of course, when you're making a purchase on a new office chair, comfort, support, ergonomics, beauty and pedigree should be at the forefront of your mind. But don't forget to consider the actual makers of the product. The companies, sensibilities, and physical hands that built the chair. In the case of the Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair, built by German Studio 7.5, thinking about the designers can only improve your opinion of the chair you're looking at. Because in their capable and creative hands, Herman Miller was able to produce yet another wondrous, innovative, and even revolutionary office chair for the day to day life of working folks. With Studio 7.5, you know what you're buying; quality, hard work, beauty, and plenty of good old fashioned comfort, support, and functionality.