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Herman Miller Setu Side Chair

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The Setu Chair is shaped for people; a true example of inspiration through observation. A unique combination of flexibility and strength meets the demands of more collaborative workplaces while the dematerialized spine bends and flexes as you do.


Herman Miller Setu Side Chair
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Herman Miller Setu Side 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.


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.

Inherent Environmental Concern

As to environmental issues, Claudia says, "It's inherent. We don't discuss it anymore. 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.

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The Not-so-secret Secret: Polypropylene

After testing dozens of materials, we found that the smartest solution was also the simplest—the same material used to make toothbrushes and garbage cans. It's the unique combination of two different polypropylenes—one for the spine, another for the spokes—that helps create the perfect combination of strength and flex in a lightweight and durable form.


Cool and Supple

Lyris 2 suspension material is an advance in support. The airflow keeps you cool. The material’s double interlocking weave construction adds strength and durability for a firm seat and a distinctive sheen. Working in concert with the spine, Lyris 2 distributes your weight evenly and conforms to your contours. It’s another example of elegance in the name of performance.


Fit for Your Home

The Setu side chair has a four-star base and adjustable glides. Available with or without arms and in a wide range of colors to suit your décor.


Chair Dimensions

  • H:36"
  • H:18.5"
  • W:25.125"
  • D:17.25"

Shipping Information

Packaging Type: Box
Packaging Dimensions: 25" x 25" x 29"
Package Weight: 23 lbs.
Assembly Required: No

Herman Miller's warranty policy of 12 years and 3 shifts with labor included.

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