Regardless of what your work environment looks like these days, the need for high quality, comfortable, ergonomic seating that supports your back and encourages proper posture remains. Herman Miller, the brand renowned for iconic mid-century furniture designs such as the Eames Lounge Chair, has also revolutionised office furniture over the years, introducing the first-ever research-based ergonomic chair in 1976.
The brand has continued to innovate since, creating a range of chairs that are suited to different tasks and ways of working but each placing importance the same three signature characteristics; natural balanced movement, total spinal support, and dynamic fit. The combination of these features provides full support, no matter the shape or size of your body. The five Herman Miller chairs below have been designed with specific users in mind and feature key differences that ensure each chair is the ideal ergonomic seating solution for the task at hand.
The newest in an impressive line of Herman Miller task chairs is Verus: an affordable chair designed to make comfort and support accessible to all. Verus features built-in reinforcement for the sacral region (the area at the bottom of the spine) and adjustable support for the user. A range of colours and fabrics allows the chair to fit in with any aesthetic. Choose from an upholstered or suspension back, or opt for a TriFlex back that provides ventilation and moves with your body to give a robust and comfortable fit and total spinal support. This material is durable and easy to clean, making it the perfect option for all work environments.
First introduced in 1994, Aeron is arguably the most iconic of all task chairs. The recognisable design remains, with the technology now updated thanks to new knowledge and developments in ergonomics. Aeron features PostureFit SL, which enables the body to mimic a healthy, standing position even when seating. Another key feature, 8Z Pellicle suspension, offers eight zones of different tension in the mesh-style material across the seat and back, bringing support to the user.
Distractions are sometimes hard to avoid in a modern office, but Cosm has been found to help the sitter stay focused and efficient when working on creative tasks. Cosm’s signature is the Auto-Harmonic Tilt, which provides automatic support and balance when moving, as well as a seamless design featuring no gap between the seat and back, which offers dynamic spinal support. Its lightweight but sturdy frame seals the deal for effortless yet ergonomic seating.
Backed by research and expertise, Embody is designed to mimic the natural movement of the body. Its exposed back is designed with flexibility and a central spine that fits in line with yours. The backrest adjusts automatically to your natural movement, and the four different layers of material are designed to keep you cool and comfortable. In short, Embody reduces the negative impacts of sitting, making it perfect for people who sit at their desks for long periods of time.
Designer Yves Béhar took inspiration from suspension bridges for the Sayl chair, creating a seat that works hard using as little material as possible — and those materials that are used are almost entirely recyclable. Its unframed, stretch-knit back with Y-Tower support is visually striking, all while giving the user support, breathability, and the freedom to move and stretch. The PostureFit support in the back allows the spine to maintain its natural shape and reduces fatigue.