Published on : Tuesday, May 31, 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.
Unveiled during the Clerkenwell Design Week, the Keyn Chairs are made using a flexible seat shell that remains in contact with the user as they move position. Each chair in the collection is made up of four key parts: the upper backrest, lower backrest, seat and frame.
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.”
The Keyn Chair 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. To offer visual continuity combined with unprecedented versatility, 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.