• Keyn Chair Group is a new range of meeting and side chairs designed by London-based design company forpeople for Herman Miller
  • Keyn’s unique CradleFlex system enables the back of the chair to recline while simultaneously sliding the seat forward
  • With three base options and three pad options, Keyn has an unprecedented number of combinations

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Herman Miller Introduces Keyn, Bringing Responsive Comfort to Seating

New chair group by forpeople offers natural support for meeting postures

24 May 2016

Herman Miller has partnered with London-based design company forpeople to create the Keyn Chair Group, a range of meeting and side chairs that offers responsive movement and immediate comfort for collaborative spaces. The Keyn Chair Group builds upon Herman Miller’s depth of knowledge in workplace environments, and brings the company’s specific expertise in performance seating to a new category.

Stephen Perkins, Herman Miller’s Vice President, International Research, Design and Development explains: “From our research, we know that people move around on average of 53 times an hour when seated. Chairs in meeting rooms tend to be inflexible, meaning a user’s natural movement isn’t encouraged or supported. This results in people being less engaged in the meeting as they become more uncomfortable. The Keyn Chair Group is designed to respond to a user’s movement, supporting their body as they move in their seat.”

Keyn Chair Group

Keyn provides instant seated comfort through its sculpted one-piece shell design. With Herman Miller’s unique CradleFlex system, as the user shifts to adjust their position, the chair responds. The back reclines smoothly up to 10 degrees while simultaneously moving the seat forward.

The Keyn Chair Group was designed by London-based design company forpeople, who share Herman Miller’s approach - both companies are driven by a continuous search for new perspectives and insights, brought to life through human-centred design, cutting-edge engineering, and responsible manufacturing.

“The Keyn Chair Group brings together the people-­first approach of both firms to create chairs that users understand intuitively, “ says Richard Stevens, founder and Creative Director of forpeople and lead designer of Keyn. “All forpeople’s work – design for products, services, experiences – starts with how people feel, think, and do. And it ends with improving people’s lives - because if design isn’t for people, what’s it for?”

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016When approaching the design of the Keyn Chair Group, forpeople were determined to offer visual continuity combined with unprecedented versatility. To achieve this, they developed a modular system of only four key parts: base, cradle, seat shell, and upholstered pad. With pad configurations ranging from a simple seat pad to a fully upholstered shell, and three base styles, Keyn’s universally elegant aesthetic can be used to outfit any space, from casual to formal.

The Keyn Chair Group’s three base styles include a four-leg, cantilever and four-star base, with a painted, trivalent chrome, or polished aluminium finish. The seat shell is available in graphite, studio white, or black. A choice of five reverse contrast colours can be specified independently on semi- and fully-upholstered chairs. With these options, plus an almost infinite range of colour, material, and finish choices, the Keyn Chair Group offers versatility with a consistent aesthetic, united with responsive comfort, to meet the needs of any workplace.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring furniture designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organisations perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $2.1 billion in revenue in fiscal 2015. Their designs can be found not just in offices and workspaces around the world, but also in the permanent collections of museums and galleries. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognised global leader. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.