Herman Miller Setu Chair: Aeron Crossed with Eames

Herman Miller Setu Chair: Aeron Crossed with Eames

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 10, 2010

The Setu at the wood desk in our bedroom in the country. Note real life styling.

Product: Setu Chair
Designer: Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller
Price: $579
Rating: Strong Recommend

I work from home a lot (mainly weekends) and I've pained my back by sitting in dining chairs piled with pillows more times than I wish to count. So, I've started testing home office chairs that I consider attractive enough to fit into a home, since I don't want to have an teched out, expensive task chair in my bedroom. The first one that I've had the opportunity to test at home is the Setu by Herman Miller.

Nutshell Review: Setu is like an Aeron crossed with an Eames management chair and for price, simplicity and comfort this is an excellent home office chair. While it's not designed for long sits, it is way better than any household chair and it will fit in to your home decor without looking too geeky.

Description: The Setu was designed to be as simple as possible both in terms of looks, functionality and use of materials. Spartan compared to other office chairs, it features a mesh "elastomeric fabric" skin across the "Kinematic Spine" that eliminates the need for fine-tuning with levers, buttons or handles. It flexes as you sit and goes up and down, but that is it. Setu has many additions, including arms and casters, and over 10 fabric color choices. My personal favorite is the green and white version with the "paperclip" base featured in the cool press pics below.

Pros: In a field littered with overly muscular (but comfortable) office chairs, most of which are atrociously ugly when placed in a nice home, Setu is a great choice to have. The chic design offers a comfortable sit with the basics (lumbar support, adjustable height, rotating base) at a price that's far below bigger, more designy chairs. Even the chicest of the simple task chairs, the Eames Management, which is great for home use as well, will run you close to $2k.

If you're green, Herman Miller is a nice company to buy from as well. Committed to being totally sustainable by the year 2020, the Setu is lightweight, 93 percent recyclable and Greenguard certified.

Cons: With a finite set of variables, the Setu is not the custom fitted tooshie throne that you may be used to. If you are really attached to all the adjustments and comfort features that your office chair affords, you will be disappointed in this chair. I found it very comfortable for short sits while working on my computer (0-2 hrs), but definitely wished for my full on office chair when sitting all day.


>> Setu Chair Main Page @ Herman Miller
>> Herman Miller's Setu Chair: Behind the Scenes @ ATSanFran
>> Setu Chair for $579 @ Room & Board
>> Herman Miller Setu Chair Is a Poor Man's Embody @ Gizmodo

Other Chair Reviews:

>> Herman Miller Embody Chair
>> Knoll Generation Chair
>> Steelcase Leap Chair

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