Verus Plastic Backrest · Herman Miller

Lead designer at ITO Design · 2019

Industrial design
Design for manufacture
Grasshopper 3D

Herman Miller approached ITO to extend the Verus task chair family with a new plastic backrest design. The new design applies the same world class ergonomics of Herman Miller's high end chairs at a more affordable price.

Prototypes played a critical role in the development. After many tests, we found an efficient and simple solution: ‘folding‘ the upper sides of the backrest to create a reinforced rib, which reduced plastic waste while maintaining support for the upper back.

The perforated pattern creates localised flexion zones across the backrest to provides good ergonomic comfort at much lower price point than mesh or upholstered chairs.

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