The new Herman Miller Mirra chair

10 years after Berlin-based design studio Studio 7.5 developed the first version of the Mirra chair for American professional furniture maker, Herman Miller, they now have developed a more agile and adaptive chair.

Studio 7.5 took a micro lens to the average office worker’s sedentary work style alongside a more macro approach, which looked at the chair’s larger role in an increasingly mobile and collaborative work place.

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Claudia Plikat and Roland Zwick of Studio 7.5

The second iteration may share a name and general profile with its predecessor, but little else is the same—the Mirra 2 has been completely redesigned from the castors up.

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“It’s difficult to start a mission like that—to revisit your own design. You have given your best already the first time,” explains Claudia Plikat, one part of the design quartet behind Studio 7.5.

The aim was to create an even more dynamic chair by making the smartest use of today’s tools and materials. “If you dig deeper into it of course you will see you could do better. And 10 years is a good time for technology moving forward, so there are things possible that were not possible ten years ago.”

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The most noticeable change between the Mirra Chair and new Mirra 2 is the overall reduction in size. Studio 7.5’s new version boasts a substantially smaller core, now produced and assembled entirely in-house at Herman Miller, more adjustable arms and an expansive back.

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To reinforce and improve flex, the back support’s ratio of hole to material has been inverted, reducing the plastic and improving air flow. “This whole principle only works because of the fabric and the plastic—a reinforced fabric you could call it,” explains Plikat. The two materials are not bonded, but molded against one another to be free to contour to any number of unique back shapes. “It’s really a new kind of construction.”

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All improvements come together to reduce the weight by 25%—nearly 18 pounds.

The new Mirra will be available in summer 2013.


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