I don’t care what people say. There are not enough well-designed office chairs in this world. From stumps of wood and rubber balls to cockpit office consoles that come with a 5,000 page manual, we’ll always need some way of looking ultra-efficient and ultra-stylish while our butt and legs slowly blend into two slender columns of skin and bone. Doing that in comfort is of extreme importance and if you’re a fan of Herman Miller’s design aesthetic and love their cushy office chairs, you’re familiar with the beautiful Mirra office chair. I swore I was going to get one, delayed, but am spinning circles in my current, worn office chair at the site of the Mirra 2. Once again developed by Studio 7.5, introduced at the 2013 Salone Del Mobile Milano and a feature at the upcoming NeoCon 2013, the chair is a complete redesign, lighter and sleeker than ever before.
It’s been 10 years since the Mirra chair came out. Since then, you can imagine the expectation of comfort hasn’t changed all that much, but the materials and manufacturing process that deliver the essence of the design in a physical form surely have. The team says, the Mirra 2 is “a reincarnation of Mirra. It feels reassuringly familiar because we maintained its soul and essential DNA, but we advanced the materialization and manifestation of this idea in virtually every aspect.” That’s all designery talk for, “we rocked the redesign of our own freakin’ chair, bizatches.”
The biggest difference you’ll see between the Mirra and Mirra 2 is the size. The Mirra 2 has a substantially smaller frame–open, airy with more adjustability in the arms. Instead of a chunky control pod beneath your buttocks, you have a minimal, much more elegant looking structure. The plastic webbing of the Mirra gets a fabric overlay, the “results from the invention of a new method for merging a fabric layer with polymer veins to create an intelligent support structure.” The two materials are molded against each other, not bonded, whereby reducing weight, improving airflow and increasing comfort for the odd shapes and sitting positions of people around the world.
All of the changes together reduce the weight of the original chair by a whopping 25%, almost 18 pounds. Be looking for the chair to become available Summer 2013 with retail hitting this Fall and price to be announce soon.
Image: Herman Miller