Studio 7.5’s elegant task chair, the Cosm, has taken the design world by storm since launching at Salone Del Mobile in 2018. Celebrated for its sophisticated ergonomic design, the Cosm appears to be simplicity itself, yet it took a decade of form-making, engineering and testing to achieve the support, comfort and aesthetics this revolutionary chair offers today.

The Cosm has already received numerous awards – this year, it scooped the Green Product Award and the Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Award in the ‘Office Chairs’ Now TIME magazine has named the Cosm as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019, among a slew of inventions that change the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible. Nominations across a variety of categories were solicited by editors and correspondents across the globe and also online, with each contender scored for factors like originality, effectiveness and influence. The prestigious list honours innovative thinking across disciplines, with the Cosm one of only three items recognised in the Design category.

What makes the Cosm so special? As the world’s first chair with an automatic tilt, thanks to its Auto-Harmonic mechanism – ‘smart’ technology situated in the gearbox below the seat – the Cosm automatically adapts to the user’s body, movement and posture, which makes manual adjustment unnecessary. This means that whoever sits in the chair will feel balanced and comfortable at all times – and this is also partly due to Intercept, the continuous suspension material that supports the user’s contours. The chair’s flexible frame allows for free upper body movement while ensuring the sitter keeps his or her feet on the ground – critical to maintaining ergonomics. Form and function blend seamlessly to make sitting a pleasurable experience, which is no small accomplishment.

The smart solution for corporate and home offices, the Cosm can be purchased from All Office, the sole stockist of Herman Miller furniture in South Africa. The high-back, mid-back or low-back Cosm can be purchased with no arms, fixed or height-adjustable arms, or the attractive leaf arms, which provide a soft but firm cradle for elbows. There are six core colour schemes offered in the Cosm family, which have been selected by industry colourists and designers to satisfy both traditional and contemporary spaces. These core colours can be accented by choices of frames, arms and bases to create a chair suitable for any environment. The Cosm comes with a 12-year warranty.

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