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Herman Miller Setu Side Chair

Supple Simplicity

Sit down, and the Setu side chair moves and conforms to your body. Your weight is the signal that Setu responds to, giving you comfort as you sit or recline.

With this simplicity, as well as its four-star base and adjustable glides, the Setu side chair is perfect as a dining chair in your home, or as a side chair in your home office. Sophisticated looks and supple comfort combined. Lightweight and easy to move.

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.

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
  • The Not-so-secret Secret: Polypropylene

    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

    Cool and Supple

    Lyris 2 suspension material is an advance in support. Air flow keeps you cool. The material’s double interlocking weave construction adds strength and durability for a firm sit 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.

  • Task-ready

    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.


General Dimensions

  • H:36"
  • H:18.5"
  • W:25.125"
  • D:17.25"
Setu Side Chair Dimensions Graphic

Shipping Information

Packaging Type:
Packaging Dimensions:
25" x 25" x 29"
Package Weight:
23 lbs.
Assembly Required:

A warranty is a promise.
Here’s ours: 12 years, 3 shifts, labor included

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