Studio 7.5 signs Zeph for Herman Miller using 3D printing

Herman Miller’s new ergonomic and flexible seats are produced using 3D printing: starring a kinematic plastic monocoque.

Designed by Berlin-based Studio 7.5, the Zeph seating collection features a colorful one-piece seat and flexible backrest. Produced by Herman Miller, the new series follows the same ergonomic principles as the multi-use seat and stool already launched in 2022, but adds a natural recline.

Taking advantage of 3D printing, the design team – Burkhard Schmitz, Carola Zwick, and Roland Zwick – produced multiple prototypes of the kinematic plastic monocoque and embedded technology, succeeding in producing a shell-shaped chair.

The seat is offered with and without a seat cushion or 3D mesh padding of the monocoque, fixed armrests or without armrests, and a base equipped with casters or glide feet, resulting in adaptability to various needs.

Practical but not only: Zeph features a 3D knitted fabric upholstery made from 50 percent recycled product, processed following the exact dimensions of the seat to avoid wasting material and with a view to sustainability.

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