Yves Behar For Herman Miller: SAYL

Posted on October 8, 2010 Under Design


The new SAYL chair by Yves Behar and Fuseproject was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. More pictures and details at Core77. He is quickly becoming one of the most iconic designers of our generation.

You can pre-order the chair here, from $399-$499 depending configuration.

Its unique, frameless back mimics the tectonics of suspension bridges, providing ergonomic support with no hard edges. Though prototyping began in wood and rope, the trademarked “3D Intelligent Suspension Back” is enabled by a proprietary urethane and two additional trademarked inventions.

In addition to maximizing the chairs visual impact, the minimizing of details also means that less materials are consumed in fabrication, following what Béhar has termed an eco-dematerialised&tm approach (there’s that trademark again). Herman Miller ensured that the materials used are sustainable, targeted to achieve the MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver, BIFMA level 2, and GREENGUARD certifications.

Finally, the name SAYL comes from the sailing vessels that pass beneath suspension bridges, with the Y recalling the Y-Tower structure in the back of the chair.