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The Chair for You
Sit in Cosm, and you just might forget you’re sitting in a chair at all. Its sophisticated ergonomic design instantly responds to your body, movement and posture to provide natural balance and total support.
The tilt instantly and automatically provides balanced support and movement, depending on your body and posture.
Breathable and temperature-neutral, the continuous form of this elastomeric suspension eliminates the gap between the seat and back, conforming to each person’s body to provide dynamic spinal support.
The thin but strong frame feels nearly non-existent and offers support while flexing so you can comfortably move your upper body.
Auto-Harmonic TiltThe tilt instantly and automatically provides balanced support and movement, depending on your body and posture.
Intercept SuspensionBreathable and temperature-neutral, the continuous form of this elastomeric suspension eliminates the gap between the seat and back, conforming to each person’s body to provide dynamic spinal support.
Flexible FrameThe thin but strong frame feels nearly non-existent and offers support while flexing so you can comfortably move your upper body.
Performance, Meet Beauty
Cosm is as pleasing to look at as it is to sit in.
For the Berlin-based designers at Studio 7.5 – Carola Zwick, Roland Zwick and Burkhard Schmitz – their latest chair for Herman Miller represents something of a holy grail: a design that creates a new reference point for instant, personalised comfort. Cosm’s new Auto-Harmonic Tilt in particular has been a goal they’ve worked toward for years.
The designers knew, even when working on predecessors like Mirra, Setu and Mirra 2, that the ideal chair would provide a smooth feeling of natural balance. “You should have a chair that allows you to change postures as easily as possible”, Roland says. “You can only do that with a chair that is adjusted correctly, so we wanted to build a chair that does that part for you.”
A tilt is to a chair what a transmission is to a car, and like transmissions, some are manual, and others, such as Cosm’s, are automatic. With other self-adjusting models, the chair decides how you should sit by forcing the body to conform to the tilt’s movement. Cosm’s Auto-Harmonic Tilt puts the person first and responds to them, no matter what their posture is doing, to provide a balanced recline and personalised comfort. Studio 7.5 and Herman Miller perfected the self-adjusting tilt by inventing a complex, finely tuned mechanism. Accounting for the sitter’s vertical force, which is always in flux, the gears within the tilt move the fulcrum along a leaf spring to automatically adjust the chair’s tension.
The tilt alone doesn’t make Cosm the designers’ most refined design to date; a meticulous process of prototyping hundreds of hand-sculpted and 3D-printed parts paved the path towards a seating experience unlike any other. “One of the biggest challenges – or I should say, one of the biggest opportunities – was to determine how to attach the suspension in a way that made it blend into the frame as seamlessly as possible”, Burkhard says. The answer came in the form of small “teeth” that allow the suspension material to clip into the chair’s frame while staying taut for an even pressure distribution. The ingenious way that Studio 7.5 has attached the suspension to the frame is a prime example of what they call “industrial craftsmanship”: a guiding light in their design process. “We like a product that is readable so that you can understand, even if you’re not a mechanic or an engineer, how you’re being supported”, Carola says.
The chair’s ergonomic design is further enhanced by Cosm’s Leaf Arms, the first of their kind. The design began as an ungainly piece of foam wrapped over wood, but over time it’s shifted shape, size and nicknames – including motorcycle seat, half-pipe for your arms and Dumbo ears. “The elbow is a very delicate part of our anatomy; it wants to be placed in a very soft but firm spot”, Burkhard explains. “Cosm’s Leaf Arms follow the overall functional and aesthetic intent of the chair by providing a simple and super slim visual appearance with superior comfort.” Cognisant of how we work today, Studio 7.5 designed the arm to provide comfort for a variety of applications. The Leaf Arms make holding a phone or book natural and comfortable, and the angle of the arms means they don’t get in the way of a desk when it’s time to get back online.
Although technical and engineering challenges occupied much of Cosm’s development time, Studio 7.5 was no less dedicated to its aesthetic appearance. With its continuous suspension and sculptural form, the chair appears as a single unified object, and not a collection of parts and pieces. This sense of unity is also reflected in its material composure. “The monochrome colouring dematerialises the object”, Burkhard says of the dipped-in-colour concept, in which they present the chair in one hue from top to bottom. “The chair is made out of many different metals and plastics, but ultimately it’s just one thing.”
The German word for design is entwerfen, which roughly translates as “to throw”. According to Carola, that’s “throw something a little bit ahead of the curve, or ahead of what you know, to help pull you in the right direction”. With Cosm, “throwing” led Studio 7.5 and Herman Miller to their most sophisticated design yet.
Cosm is available in one hue from top to bottom to further cement the unity of the design and the sculptural quality of the chair. The designers collaborated with Herman Miller’s materials team to land on three dipped-in-colour hues – Canyon, Glacier and Nightfall.
Introducing Leaf Arms
To offer as much comfort and ease as possible, Studio 7.5 created Cosm’s Leaf Arms, which feature a soft but firm cradle design that provides a large, cosy resting place for your elbows. The sling design makes holding a phone or book natural and comfortable, and the angle of the arms means that they don’t get in the way of a desk when it’s time to get back online.