Keyn Chair Group, by Herman Miller and Forpeople

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Furniture design company Herman Miller has worked with consultancy Forpeople to create a range of meeting and home side chairs, which aim to be “responsive” to people’s movements and offer “immediate comfort”.

The Keyn Chair Group is a collection of chairs formed of a modular system of four separate parts – base, cradle, seat shell and upholstered pad.

The chairs can be changed and tailored to fit different spaces, and the seat shell also responds when the user shifts to adjust their position.

Herman Miller conducted research before undertaking the project, which showed that people move around on average 53 times an hour, or nearly every minute, when seated.

Stephen Perkins, vice president of international research, design and development at Herman Miller, says the company wanted to create a meeting room chair with “intuitive comfort”, compared to existing chairs which tend to be “inflexible”, and “don’t support the user’s natural movement”.

Forpeople adds that it wanted to create “visual continuity” and “versatility” with the design of the chair.

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