June 13, 2016
Saiba Chair Expanded into Full Lounge Collection for Geiger and the Herman Miller Collection
Naoto Fukasawa applies sculptural approach to multiple lounge pieces
- Saiba, designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Geiger, has been expanded into a full collection of lounge furniture
- New Saiba lounge pieces feature designer’s signature sculptural minimalism
- Saiba lounge collection is a new addition to the Herman Miller Collection
At NeoCon 2015, the contract market was introduced to Saiba, an elegant executive chair with a carefully sculpted silhouette and sophisticated simplicity of form. Just a year later, Geiger and designer Naoto Fukasawa have expanded upon the success of Saiba with a fully realized family of lounge seating and companion tables, which join the original chair as part of the Herman Miller Collection.
Tokyo-based Fukasawa applied his thoughtful, human-centered approach when expanding the Saiba collection, which now includes the Saiba Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Saiba Guest Chair, and coordinating Saiba Occasional Tables. The contoured high-back Saiba Lounge Chair invites users to settle in and relax in effortless comfort, especially when paired with the cushioned Saiba Ottoman. The Saiba Guest Chair features the same sculptural form and cushioned seat with a smaller footprint designed to work in an office environment as a side chair or as welcoming lobby seating. Featuring a thin top surface affixed to a slender pedestal, Saiba Tables are both minimal and functional, hallmark qualities of Fukasawa’s work.
The Saiba Lounge Chair and Ottoman are impeccably tailored in a curated textile offer and set atop a black or polished aluminum base. The Saiba Guest Chair has wood legs in ash or walnut. Saiba Occasional Tables are offered in three heights and three diameters, with surface material options including back-painted glass, veneer, stone, and laminate atop bases in black or polished aluminum.
Fukasawa’s “Super Normal” design philosophy is beautifully evident in the Saiba family of seating and tables—a furniture collection that’s instantly familiar (normal) and yet goes beyond expectations (super). Each piece offers inherent functionality rendered in tailored, sculpted forms, executed with the superior craftsmanship for which Geiger is known.
Premiering in North America at NeoCon in Chicago, the Saiba lounge collection will be available for order in Fall 2016.
At Geiger, why and how things are done are inexorably one—achieving quality through craft, celebrating materiality through elegant simplicity, improving the work environment for individuals through design that endures. Standards of craftsmanship and customer satisfaction set more than 50 years ago by founder John Geiger have driven the company’s growth and continue to inspire people today. Founded in Toronto and headquartered in Atlanta since 1979, Geiger International is a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly held Herman Miller, Inc.
About The Herman Miller Collection
In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection with the goal of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as Herman Miller endeavors to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.
About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past 12 years, and has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for the past eight years. In fiscal 2015, the company generated $2.14 billion in revenue and employed over 7,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.