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Herman Miller’s New Office Chair Is Groundbreaking, and It’s Already on Sale

No knobs, no tension adjusters, no problem.


Between the early and continually knocked-off Eames conference chair, the affordable and ergo-friendly Sayl (which we use at GP Headquarters) to the “Dot-Com Throne” and consensus best office chair ever that is the Aeron, one thing is relativel clear — Herman Miller is, for all intents and purposes, the king of office chairs.

Today, the brand’s Back to Work sale marks all those chairs 15 percent off. But this sale also represents the first time Herman Miller’s game-changing Cosm chair is on sale at all — discounted or not.

Cosm — which comes in low, mid and high back options — is the most ergonomically-advanced office chair ever created. That is to say it requires almost no manual input and the Herman Miller’s first pasively ergonomic office seating.

Among the innovations found in the chair (which are many), Herman Miller’s design team and Studio 7.5, the principal designers of the chair, are most proud of solving one simple-sounding, vexing issue with all other chairs of its kind — the chair will automatically adjust tension to any person seated in the chair, and does not rely on raising and lowering the seat in doing so. This is the work of something dubbed “Auto-Harmonic Tilt” and all you really need to know is all other passively-ergonomic chairs (until Cosm) raised the seated person’s legs to compensate for any reclining at all. This lifts the legs off the ground and results in a bevy of weird ergonomics headaches.

Listed at 15 percent off today and starting at $760, all sizes of the Cosm chair are available for purchase today. Note that the black colorway is the only currently in-stock, while the other colorways are listed to ship within three to five weeks.

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