Suspension-back chair draws inspiration from the Golden Gate Bridge

Feast your eyes on Herman Miller's Golden Gate Bridge-inspired chair. Designed by Yves Behar — whose credits include the One Laptop Per Child program, Jambox and Ouya game console — Sayl draws inspiration from Behar's home.

By placing a wishbone-shaped beam on the back of the chair, Behar was able to create a suspension back, harking, of course, to San Francisco's iconic suspension bridge. Subsequently, this means there aren't any hard edges, allowing for more mobility.

The back features a unique pattern Herman Miller calls 3D intelligence, where the individual cells each differ in thickness and depths, offering more flexibility and support for sitters.

Another conspicuous Golden Gate element is the color of the seat cushion, which is made of countered foam with a waterfall edge that tapers off where the knees are. This creates a more ergonomic solution than the likes of typical chairs, which can cut off blood flow and cause discomfort.

Even though Herman Miller has no in-house design team, instead relying on contributions from small and big designers around the globe, all of its chairs feature PostureFit — Brian Langerak, associate product manager at Herman Miller, calls this the company's "patented secret sauce" — relieving tension on the pelvic area.

Never thought the life of an office worker was so difficult, right? Check out the slideshow below to see the Sayl chair ($450) as well as the award-winning Setu ($579) and top-of-the-line Embody ($1,200), which was co-designed by Bill Stumpf, known best for being behind one-half of the famed Aeron.

See more of the chairs in our gallery and video below.

Posted on location at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. All photos by Alice Truong for DVICE.

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