“SAYL Away” with Herman Miller

Let’s Go SAYL! – Not to be confused with Sail.  Or is it?

Our team is fascinated by the new chair, called SAYL, now offered by Herman Miller.  The chair was design by Yves Behar, a native of Switzerland.  We had the opportunity to try it out for a few days and are really impressed with it’s performance and comfortability.  One of the most fascinating things about the chair is the story behind the design!

Go to the Herman Miller website and read the full story and look at product images by clicking here!

We [Herman Miller] asked designer Yves Béhar to design a highly affordable chair that would incorporate everything Herman Miller is known for—beautiful design, first-class ergonomics, elegant engineering, and respect for the environment. Béhar, who calls San Francisco home, began by looking at designs that deliver the most with the least. And then he took a look at his city’s best-known landmark: the Golden Gate Bridge.

It was one of those aha! moments. Béhar wondered, could the engineering principles of a suspension bridge be applied to a chair? It turned out that, not only was it possible, but using a suspension tower to support an unframed back would reduce materials, weight, and environmental impact. The flexible elastomer suspension material could be stretched in a way that provided the greatest tension at points where support is needed and the least in areas that would allow for the most expansive range of motion.

So why “Sayl”, rather than, say, “Bridge”? Take a look at the chair from the side. See the resemblance to a full mainsail? The name reflects the sailing vessels that pass beneath the bridges that inspired the original design. Replacing the “i” in “sail” with a “y” is a nod to the innovative Y-Tower structure of the work chair.

By rethinking every part of the chair, Béhar and our development team were able to create a better, smarter chair that sets a new reference point in its class for performance, quality, and appearance.

© 2011 Herman Miller, Inc.

As furniture lovers, Lehner Designs wants to encourage you to see how you can now Sayl in your office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with the new Sayl!