Herman Miller’s SAYL chair won another green nod, this time in Treehugger’s annual Best of Green awards. It scooped the Design and Architecture category with 46% of the votes. Check out the other winners here. It’s heartening for us at Herman Miller to see our commitment to environment honored in this way. A big thank you to Treehugger and their readers!
Treehugger has nominated our SAYL chair in this year’s Best of Green design awards. We are so thrilled to be included and hope all you Lifework readers will head over to vote for Yves Behar’s awesome design. And just in case you were wondering how green that work chair really is check this out. At the heart of Yves’ design is the idea of eco-dematerialization. That’s a fancy way of saying 93 percent of the chair is recyclable. Structural components are hollowed out, reducing weight and volume. The ArcSpan, arm structure, and tilt mechanism are all fused into a single strong part that also reduces the chair’s weight. I love that Treehugger describes the chair, which retails for $399, as the green IKEA-killer!
Above: Core 77 did a great interview with Herman Miller’s Jack Schreur and Yves Behar on the evolution of SAYL.
We asked our Twitter followers to send in pics that depicted a life ‘unframed’ in honor of Yves Behar’s new SAYL chair. We got some incredible images including the winner’s skate boarding shot above. But I thought the Lifework readers would enjoy Andrea Aznar’s shot (below). She’s hula hooping while taking a break from her work. And it turns out Andrea is working from home in the throes of a move and running a business.
“I was born and raised in México city. I studied Psychology and had my private practice for a while. Since 2008 I have owned a small independent publisher for children’s books, the books are written by specialists and I put much effort in finding great illustrators so the illustrations look artistic and creative that way not only the kids can enjoy the books but the adults too. The publisher´s name is Sana Colita de Rana.
I recently moved to Dallas, TX with my husband. I continue with the publisher work but since I don´t have an office I use the kitchen/dining room which works out just fine…so far.
I am huge fan of desing objetcs and furniture. I spend my weekends looking for vintage or designs stores and reading desing magazines or looking at architectural books. Everytime I buy something, anything like a vintage radio, a high-end lamp, or a great sidetable or chair I feel it´s just for my collection, the same way when little girl I used to collect stickers or cool pencils.”
You’ve been hearing a lot about Yves Behar’s beautifully designed SAYL chair. We covered the Los Angeles launch back in October. Well, yesterday we included it on the list of designs available from our online store. I had a play with the color choices this morning…and I hate to say it but I think my favorite is all black. Is that too boring? I can just see the kids wiping their filthy mitts all over that lovely white version!
I bumped into David Lai and Scott Arenstein from Hello at the SAYL chair launch in Los Angeles recently. Hello is the creative digital agency that works closely with Herman Miller on our online presence. David, who is Hello’s CEO and Creative Director, tested the chair (above) and ended up having a good chat with Naoya Edahiro (below), one of the designers from Yves Behar’s fuseproject.
Among the many projects Hello has worked on with Herman Miller is the Design For You competition.You can read Hello’s post on the competition here. And, of course, they are a huge part of our new online store. I’ll be posting more about what went into getting the store off the ground including some very cool images of the shoots that take us to iconic houses all over Los Angeles.
Last week our new SAYL chairs made their public debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Designed by Yves Béhar for Herman Miller, this chair has been in the works for the past few years. You can read the full report on Discover, our sister blog. Look out for my report after the launch here in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
We’ve been hinting for a while now about a new design for Herman Miller by Yves Behar. It has finally arrived. Yves’ SAYL chair. Dexigner has jumped up and got the first interview – check it out here. Julia Bauer, who writes for The Grand Rapids Press also gave it a shout out. I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of interest in this rather beautiful piece of design.