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Herman Miller Setu Chair

Instant comfort for anyone, anywhere

The function and contours of Setu were shaped by the world around us. The designers at Studio 7.5 observed how people are working more collaboratively, in a variety of settings—but spending less time in each spot. With Setu, they sought to create a chair that can support people while they work anywhere and everywhere.

While people are more mobile than ever, thanks largely to how technology has changed much about the nature of work, it hasn't changed how we all like to work: in comfort. Setu chairs are designed to deliver instant comfort from the moment you sit down.

Herman Miller Setu Chair

"Shave it down to the absolute minimum"

Setu was created by the four designers of Studio 7.5 in Berlin, Germany: The Yogi, MacGyver, The Style Police, and the Master of Geometry. These are the affectionate nicknames of Claudia Plikat, Roland Zwick, Carola Zwick, and Burkhard Schmitz, who work together like a highly evolved organism—extremely lightweight, innovative, and eco-friendly. Their affectionate nickname for us is "the blueprint of the ideal client"—because of our long-term dedication to research, which they share.

Studio 7.5 Setu Chair research Setu Chair Kinematic Spine Design

The Kinematic Spine

Studio 7.5 built 35 fully functioning prototypes—the first model of the kinematic spine was a chain—before homing in on the final design of this chair. The spine, the heart of the chair, took a long time to develop. Before Setu, the seat and back of all kinematic chairs had to be separated and controlled with a hinge. But once Studio 7.5 had found the perfect material—polypropylene—and perfected the math and retooled the design over and over, they had the one-piece, flexible spine they had envisioned.

Inspired by nature with its spiraling shape and contours, this unique feature was perfected by technology. Every bend, every corner and every line were painstakingly shaped, reshaped, and reshaped again, to create a balance between support and flexibility that lets Setu adapt to everyone.

They retooled the design over and over, until they had the flexible spine they envisioned.

Setu Chair Kinematic Spine

Inherent Environmental Concern

As to environmental issues, Claudia says, "It's inherent. We don't discuss it any more. It's part of our job to only design products that don't use up too much material or too much energy. We tried to shave it down to the absolute minimum." So the Setu chair weighs only 18 pounds. Less chair means less energy and material required to manufacture it. And it's 93 percent recyclable.

More Information
  • Setu Chair Lyris 2 Elastomeric Material

    Breathable and Pliable

    More structural element than textile, the finely tuned Lyris 2 elastomeric material creates Setu's one-piece seat and back. The breathable, pliable woven suspension adapts to your sitting bones, providing contouring comfort as well as aeration.

  • Setu Chair Kinematic Spine

    Flexible and Strong

    Setu's Kinematic Spine uses two types of polypropylene to control resistance and support your weight as you recline. It bends and flexes with every movement, responding to the natural ways your body moves.

  • Setu Chair Base

    Less and More

    Setu's dematerialized design uses less material—only 17 pounds—to support people of all sizes, up to 300 pounds.

  • Blue Setu Chair with an Alloy Base

    Simple and Sophisticated

    Setu has a height adjustment, and that's it. There's nothing to tinker with, nothing to tweak, nothing to think about.


General Dimensions

  • H:37.125-38.375"
  • H:15.5-20"
  • W:25.125"
  • D:17.25"
Setu Chair Dimensions Graphic

Shipping Information

Packaging Type:
Packaging Dimensions:
40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
Package Weight:
23 lbs.
Assembly Required:

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