Sayl Chair
by Herman Miller

$510.00 + Free Shipping

Sayl Chair

by Herman Miller
SKU# 378
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of Herman Miller products.
$510.00 + Free Shipping

The design goal for the Sayl chair was straightforward: a task chair that would enable an unprecedented sense of freedom for the sitter in a design that delivers the most comfort with the least materials. This eco-dematerialized approach sought to remove anything that wasn't necessary while still delivering a high level of performance and a stylish look that would be compatible with a wide range of home furnishings — the Sayl can go almost anywhere in your home.

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    Stationary Arms
    Arms are set at 9.4” above the seat and cannot be adjusted.

    Height Adjustable Arms
    Height Adjustable Arms provide an arm height range of 6.7” to 10.8” from the seat. This gives you the ability to support your arms without straining your shoulders.

    Fully Adjustable Arms
    Fully Adjustable Arms provide an arm height range of 6.7” to 10.8” from the seat as well as the ability to adjust the angle and positioning of the armpads themselves. This gives you greater flexability in supporting your arms without straining your shoulders.


    Fixed Seat Depth
    Seat depth is fixed at 16" and cannot be adjusted.

    Adjustable Seat Depth
    Allows you to adjust the seat depth from 16" to 18". This gives you the ability to fully support your thighs without putting pressure on the back of your knees.


    Non-adjustable Back Support
    Standard back design includes built-in PostureFit, which properly supports the base of your spine, or sacral region. Sacral support is critical to help your spine maintain a natural S-shaped curve as you sit.

    Adjustable Lumbar Support
    Adjusts vertically over a 4" span to support the natural curve of your midback, or lumbar region. Recommended for people who like to work in a partially reclined posture.


    2.5-inch Standard Carpet Casters
    Designed for use on low-to-medium pile carpet, such as commercial or Berber, this 2.5-inch diameter caster has wheels of durable black nylon.

    2.5-inch Standard Hard Floor or Carpet Casters
    A versatile caster that can be used on hard surfaces such as wood, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, or carpeted floors. It is 2.5 inches in diameter and is made of durable black nylon with a soft tread. The soft tread gives the chair better traction and reduces noise on hard surfaces.

    Product Overview

    Sayl Chair

    The Herman Miller Sayl Chair provides owners with extraordinary design, flourishing support and fantastic value. Lead designer Yves Béhar and his team has placed much consideration into building this wonderful design, which in turn created a full family of seating that sets the standards in quality, performance and design.

    But Sayl is about more than a cool, organic look. The ingenious frameless construction of the chair back features full suspension (inspired by the design of the Golden Gate bridge) that lets the chair adapt to a person's shape and movements, giving proper ergonomic support all the while. Its full complement of features includes:

    • Breathable unframed back
    • Adjustable seat height
    • 5-star aluminum base

    The airy Sayl is an environmentally responsible seating solution that fuses cutting-edge style with functionality you need.


    An Official Herman Miller Retailer

    We're an authorized Herman Miller retailer. This means we're official. We sell new factory-direct Sayl chairs complete with Herman Miller's own 12-year warranty. You can purchase confidently from Office Designs knowing you'll be receiving genuine Herman Miller product.


    12-year Warranty

    Our Sayl chairs come with a 12-year Herman Miller warranty.

    This warranty is a promise that Sayl lives up to the highest standards in the industry. If for some reason the chair fails to live up to this standard, Herman Miller will ship and repair it at no cost to you.

    To learn more read the Herman Miller Warranty (PDF).


    About the Manufacturer: Herman Miller

    Founded in 1923 and recognized today throughout the world as an innovator in office and residential furniture design, Herman Miller has been ranked since 1986 among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the 500 most admired companies. Their pioneering research into producing environmentally responsible furniture has earned them GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of their products. Aesthetically, many of Herman Miller’s iconic designs, particularly from the 1940s and 1950s, are valuable collector’s items and on permanent display in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian Institution.

    In 1933, new furniture designs created by Herman Miller designer Gilbert Rohde exhibiting the smooth lines and unembellished shapes of the emerging mid-century modern furniture style were exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1944, Rohde’s successor George Nelson designed such enduring icons as the Platform bench, and was famously responsible for teaming the company with such influential design artists as Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames. Charles Eames, widely regarded as a genius in contemporary furniture design, produced one of Herman Miller’s most successful products in 1956, the elegant Eames Lounge chair. In 1994, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf introduced a new office chair called Aeron (derived from the word aeration, which describes how the mesh suspension promotes comfort), which became an immediate worldwide success and earned a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as well. Today, Herman Miller continues to attract world-famous designers like Jeff Weber, Jerome Caruso, the Studio 7.5 Design Team in Berlin, Yves Béhar, Mark Goetz and many more.

    If the purpose of design is to solve problems, and the relationship between design and business is synergistic, then Herman Miller today continues to be in the vanguard of design as a fundamental part of strategic planning.


    How to Adjust Your Sayl
    Sayl Adjustment Guide (PDF)

    Care & Maintenance
    How to care for your Sayl chair (PDF)


    Dimensions & Measurements

    Herman Miller Embody Chair Dimensions

    • Overall Width: 24.5”
    • Back Height: 33.75” to 40.75”
    • Seat Width: 19.75”
    • Seat Height: 15.5” to 20”
    • Seat Depth: 26”
    • Arm Height: 24” to 29”


    Shipping Information

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    • Packaging Dimensions: 40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
    • Package Weight: 38 lbs

      Video: How to Adjust Your Sayl


    Product Options

      3D intelligent back
      Sayl’s unframed 3D Intelligent back lets you stretch and move, striking a healthy balance between support and freedom. The elastomer strands of the suspension back vary in thickness and tension to provide greater support in the transition areas along the spine and less everywhere else to encourage a full range of seated movement.

      The construction of Sayl’s 3D Intelligent suspension back provides passive PostureFit sacral support, which allows your spine to maintain its natural S shape and empowers your body to maintain a healthful posture with less fatigue.

      Dynamic support
      The foundational shell of the fully upholstered work chair mimics the 3D Intelligent suspension, providing similar dynamic support in a more traditional back. An optional lumbar support is available on both work chair models and provides adjustment over a 4-inch (10 cm) range.

      Aesthetic choices
      Sayl’s unframed back and Y-Tower support create a striking visual aesthetic that reveals both the designer’s inspiration and intent. The stretch-knit back cover provides a softer, warmer aesthetic while maintaining the beauty, support, and breathability of Sayl’s signature 3-D suspension back. A fully upholstered version is also available. Both offer an expressive palette that will complement any environment.

      Responsible design
      Inspired by suspension bridges—structures that deliver the most using the least material—Yves Béhar applied the engineering principles of these amazing structures to create Sayl. The Eco-Dematerialized design of the work chair uses less material in more inventive ways to provide ergonomic support for people up to 350 pounds (159 kg).

      We produce Sayl on three continents to reduce the distance between the factory and the buyer. This product contains no PVCs and its materials are almost entirely recyclable.

    Design Story

      Yves Béhar: About Design and Sayl


      Yves Béhar

      “If a project isn't ethical, it can't be beautiful, and if it isn't beautiful it shouldn't be at all.”
      — Yves Béhar

      Born in Switzerland in 1967, educated in Europe and the U.S., Béhar is known around the world for his whimsical, innovative and humanistic designs for the Herman Miller LED Leaf Lamp, the Mission One Electric Motorcycle, the acclaimed Jawbone Bluetooth headset, and Béhar’s most high-profile project, One Laptop per Child, which offers $100 laptops for the developing world.

      Following his philosophy that “design should continue to make a difference beyond the commercial world,” Béhar got involved when he learned that a Mexican optics company had discovered that students' eyesight — especially in the country's poorer states — was having a drastic impact on their marks. Béhar set about designing children’s glasses that would be durable, ergonomic, fashion forward and available in a choice of vibrant colors to make wearing the glasses fun and personal. The See Well to Learn Better, a non-profit program, will provide 400,000 free pairs of these stylish specs to children in need.

      “Designers have a responsibility to show the future as they want it to be — or at least as it can be, not just the way an industry wants it to be.”
      — Yves Béhar.

      Known for tackling big challenges in a cost efficient way, Béhar collaborated with Herman Miller on his newest creation: the Sayl chair. Béhar says the search for Sayl began with these questions: Can the same principles that are used to suspend a bridge over water be applied to a chair? Can a chair be designed to enable an unprecedented sense of freedom for the sitter while delivering the most comfort with the least materials? What could be taken away from the design to allow it to do more?

      Creating the Sayl involved rethinking the concept of a task chair from the ground up to eliminate unnecessary materials yet provide proper support, a process of elimination that had another beneficial effect: reducing the impact on the earth.

      A leading figure in the field of contemporary industrial design, Yves Béhar has worked with Herman Miller, Mini, Nike, Cassina, Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, Swarovski, Toshiba, Sony, One Laptop Per Child, Target and Coca Cola. His work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.


    Care & Maintenance