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Herman Miller's SAYL Chair Receives IDA "Product Design of the Year"

May 18, 2011

The SAYL chair from Herman Miller, Inc. continues to garner critical praise, most recently "Product Design of the Year" from the 2010 International Design Awards (IDA) jury. IDA was established in 2007 as a way to recognize and celebrate smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design. This year there were more than 400 entries in the Professional Product Design category, with designers from more than 76 countries submitting their work for consideration.

SAYL is the first chair with a 3D Intelligent suspension back. This full-suspension back is literally frameless, offering no hard edges. Freed from a rigid exterior frame, the back suspends and supports much like the principles of a suspension bridge. This lets the chair adapt to a person's unique shape and movements, giving proper support all the while.

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Designed by Yves Béhar, founder of fuesproject, SAYL was inspired by his observations of the way the Golden Gate Bridge, near Béhar's San Francisco home, carries tremendous loads. The SAYL chair is also unique for Behar's Eco-Dematerialised approach, using sustainable materials in inventive ways and minimizing mass wherever possible to further reduce carbon footprint. The SAYL chair has achieved MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver, BIFMA level 2, and GREEN GUARD certifications. Béhar was also recognized as the "Product Designer of the Year" by IDA for his work on SAYL.

About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal 2010. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Council (HRC) Foundation?s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" company in the contract furniture industry. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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