Ergonomics is today acknowledged as key to productivity in the workplace, and no one understands this better than Herman Miller, whose commitment to the making of high performance work chairs is well recognised around the world.
30 January, 2015
It is well accepted that sitting properly in a good ergonomic chair that aligns your body with your workspace and the technology you use every day can significantly improve the way you work and feel. Sitting in a chair that encourages movement is good for you, too, because you weren’t made to sit still.
When you’re seated comfortably – and not still, hot or sore – it’s also easier to focus. In addition, when your chair encourages your blood to circulate freely in your body, more oxygen can get to your brain, ultimately raising your level of concentration.
Herman Miller’s passion for how a user’s chair performs has guided the company in its development of an entire portfolio of office chairs, each designed with the individual in mind. Here are four of them.
#1 Aeron Chair, designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick
The Aeron chair can best be described as ‘the King of office chairs’ – it’s been voted one of the best 12 designs of the last 100 years by CNN, and has a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
The chair’s iconic form reflects a revolutionary approach to comfort and ergonomics where foam and fabric are replaced with Pellicle®, a breathable, form-fitting material that allows for aeration and customised support. In addition, the PostureFit® option provides adjustable sacral support to promote optimal posture for people of all sizes doing all kinds of activities, all day long.
Aeron is 94 per cent recyclable.
#2 Embody Chair, designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf
Embody is an agile chair that keeps not just your body but also your brain limber all day. This is because it encourages movement, and movement is known to promote blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused and functional. As such, Embody is specially designed for people who work long hours at the computer.
In fact, the multi-award winning Embody chair is the first health-positive chair, so advanced it actually lowers your heart rate and reduces stress.
The Embody chair is 95 per cent recyclable and manufactured using 42 per cent recyclable materials.
#3 Mirra 2 Chair, designed by Studio 7.5
Mirra 2 has been designed to support people who are in a constant state of motion when they work. The chair moves with, and at one with you – when you sit, the seat and back adapt to you instantly. Of particular note is the chair’s distinct Butterfly Back, which boasts an exceptional responsiveness and intuitive feel. This is the result of an inventive method of merging a fabric layer with polymer veins, which creates an intelligent support structure that keeps your back in healthy alignment. In addition, Mirra 2’s reengineered TriFlex back maximises the strength and flexibility inherent in its polymer material to provide dynamic support.
PostureFit sacral support has also been incorporated into both Mirra 2 back options to support you at the sacrum (base of the back).
Mirra 2 is 93 per cent recyclable.
#4 SAYL Chair, designed by Yves Béhar
Yves Béhar has designed a highly affordable chair that incorporates everything that Herman Miller is known for – beautiful design, first-class ergonomics, elegant engineering and respect for the environment. The chair is notably inspired by the engineering principles of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate suspension bridge. Support is molded directly into a 3D Intelligent back material. The suspension material stretches from the Y-Tower at the back of the chair just as cables are stretched from the towers of a suspension bridge. The tension is greater in the transition areas, from the thoracic to the lumbar areas and between the lumbar area and the sacrum. ‘Hinge points’ allow these areas to flex and support the healthy, forward rotation of the pelvis. At the same time, less tension in the other parts of the back encourages a full range of seated movement.
The SAYL chair is 93 per cent recyclable and contains no PVC.
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