A happy union of seemingly incompatible concepts: More support and less material. High performance and attractive price. Fewer adjustments and better fit. Mirra is a reference point for performance, aesthetics, sustainable design, and value.
FIRA International Ltd., a leading European furniture industry research organization, awards Herman Miller's Mirra chair the FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award
The Industrial Design Society of America's (IDSA) annual Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and Business Week magazine awarded Silver to Herman Miller's Mirra chair
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Design and Architecture presents its GOOD DESIGN Award for 2003 to Herman Miller's Mirra office chair and the M Collection, a line of height-adjustable work tables co-developed with Baker Manufacturing
Fortune Magazine names the Mirra chair one of the 25 best products of the year.
Architectural Record magazine and Environmental Building News name the Mirra chair among the "Top 10 Green Products" of the year
What's In It For You
A Design Full of Holes
In a good way. The one-piece, frameless backrest is a polymer pierced with 567 geometric shapes to create three flex zones. Each zone provides an appropriate level of flexibility for the right ergonomic support and natural adjustment. Mirra's durable material maintains its strength and responsiveness over many years.
Designed to support your back while you work. The TriFlex backrest is pliable and elastic, effortlessly accommodating individual sizes, postures, and micromovements. The passive PostureFit feature keeps your lower back properly aligned, so that you stay relaxed and alert and don't slouch when you're leaning forward or working at a computer.
Get a Good Seat
The AirWeave suspension seat distributes your body pressure evenly and keeps you cool. It adjusts itself as soon as you sit. The FlexFront seat edge ensures that there's never a gap between the seat and back—it adjusts the depth of the seat without moving the seat pan—so that spine support is always there for you.
The patented Harmonic tilt mechanism keeps resistance consistent throughout the recline range, which means you always have a smooth and balanced ride and are always in control. It allows your body to pivot naturally at the ankles, knees, and hips.
A Look Forward
The Mirra design is fashion-forward—its sleek, high-tech aesthetic shows off its features and functions. And it looks to the future in another way. Mirra is a green chair. Made of 33% recycled materials, it has no PVC in its construction. It's 97% recyclable and disassembles easily. Its upholstery contains no foam and is completely recyclable when the chair reaches the end of its useful life. It adheres to McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol and is GREENGUARD certified and may contribute to LEED credits.
The four designers who make up the Berlin design firm Studio 7.5 consider themselves "the grandchildren of the Eameses." Like Charles and Ray, they are design pioneers who specialize in observing how workers interact with their environments and in finding ways to improve that interaction.
Roland Zwick, Claudia Plikat, Burkhard Schmitz, and Carola Zwick, the Studio 7.5 designers, prefer to work as a team without titles or hierarchy. They have been involved in designing products that improve how people work for more than a decade.
The group shares a genuine passion for one particular workplace element—seating. The Mirra chair is a product of their collective imagination, talent, and persistence. Perhaps most important, the chair evolved from their willingness to break the standard office chair mold. They envisioned a chair that reacts to what people do, so that a big part of their concept was a chair like a second skin, like a shadow of the sitter. From this concept, Mirra's passive adjustability was born. From the TriFlex back to the AireWeave seat suspension to the Harmonic tilt, Mirra does just what Studio 7.5 worked to achieve: Just sit on it, and it fits. There are only a few, highly intuitive adjustment controls.
Mirra features common materials applied in original ways, such as the elastomeric seat suspension and molded polymer back that replace the traditional foam and fabric. Studio 7.5 optimized the relationship between materials and technology to achieve maximum performance with minimal materials.
User testing, benchmarking, focus groups, tilt performance studies, and other research ensure that the chair meets customer needs and achieves advanced ergonomic performance. For example, research over the years has shown that the biggest concern that work chair users have is back support, and in fact, back issues account for the second highest number of work illnesses. The designers took this concern to heart and focused on the back as an area of differentiation.
Herman Miller and Studio 7.5 based Mirra's design on the Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource (CAESAR) study, which surveyed body measurements of people aged 18 to 65, using the latest 3-D technology. Data from the study—the first full-body, 3-D surface anthropometry survey of the U.S. and Europe—helped create a chair that fits people from the 5th percentile woman to the 95th percentile man.