The Setu Chair's Design
The Herman Miller Setu Chair was designed by German Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller. The chair was commissioned to achieve several goals: to outperform the Mirra Chair, the last product Studio 7.5 had created, to do more (function, comfort, sustainability) with less material, and to make the first office chair that belonged completely to the new technological century. After years of innovation and research, the result was the stunning Setu Chair, the chair for the modern office.
The Setu Chair was designed by a studio and commissioned by a company that consider themselves artists and designers first, engineers second. The line of the Setu Chair is striking and original. Consisting of four unpredictable curves, the appearance is almost that of a flower; the Setu Chair petals out from a recessed core at the juncture of the back and seat. Each curve of the Setu Chair is meaningful, however. Studio 7.5 and Herman Miller abandoned the superfluous and the unnecessary when designing the Setu, holding firm to the belief in materials and less is more that made their name. The front edge falls off the chair like a waterfall, which decreases pressure on the thighs and increases blood flow. The same principle applies to the small curve at the top of the chair, which is meant to cradle the neck. The unique pocket created by the juncture of the back and seat is designed to accommodate any size and shape, and help the chair adjust to any user. These curves are both beautiful, functional, and smart.
The make-up of the Herman Miller Setu Chair is somewhat controlled by the user (customizable colors and a height adjustment), but the designers have built a beautiful chair, tip to toe. Graceful in form, study at the base, and composed of elastomeric fibers that allow the user to see right through it. The Kinematic Spine, which is molded to the back and seat of the chair, is another striking and transparent design form.
The Setu Chair is a wonder of engineering, the first office chair made exclusively for the modern world. The Kinematic Spine is one of the most important design elements on the Setu Chair. A hyper-responsive, intuitive design element, the Kinematic Spine enables your unlimited and ultra-comfortable movement in the Setu Chair. The look of the Kinematic Spine reflects the name, and the exoskeleton look of it enhances the aesthetic value of the chair while collaborating with German engineering to make it the most comfortable, intuitive chair ever built. When you're in a Setu, the Kinematic Spine allows you freedom of movement. The Kinematic Spine is what makes the Setu Chair the only chair where absolutely no adjustments are necessary for optimum comfort: the chair reads your body, and reacts accordingly. Smart.
The shape of the Kinematic Spine, like the shape of the Setu Chair, is inspired by natural beauty the needs of the human body. The Setu takes the best of science and technology, combines it with the latest research in ergonomics, and puts it to use in a great chair. The elastomeric fabric that serves as the back and seat of the chair is a mesh, allowing for semi-transparency and the free passage of air through the chair. That keeps it cool, in more ways than one. Literally cool in that it prevents the build up of heat that can happen with solid or leather chairs and cause discomfort and sweating, and cool in the way it adds to the technological and aesthetic quality of the chair. As Herman Miller says: "There has never been a chair like Setu, nor could there ever have been, before now." That's because a chair with so much imagination was never before able to combine with the nearly unlimited potential of the ever-evolving technological revolution.