The Herman Miller Setu is designed to be used by more than one person, so the designers kept it simple -- only the height is adjustable. The chair's seat and seat back are one piece, with a "kinematic spine" reinforcing the transition area. The Setu's elastomeric mesh (Herman Miller calls the material Lyris), flexes with your movements but still provides back support, according to those who have tried the chair. Reviewers are generally very positive, but some caution that the Setu is not designed for long hours of sitting, and that very big or very small people may find its lack of adjustability problematic. The Setu is made largely from recycled and recyclable materials, and like the Aeron it is Greenguard Certified. Like other Herman Miller chairs, it has a 12-year warranty. If you want to spend significantly less, the Office Star Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair (Est. $200) gets good reviews from owners.
We found only single-product reviews of the Setu; since it was introduced in 2009, the reviews are quite recent. Most are at sites that focus on design, including YankoDesign.com, Gizmodo.com, ApartmentTherapy.com, Luxist.com and Core77.com. Most of the reviewers have tried out the chair, some for extended periods, so they are well able to assess the chair's comfort and functionality. Red Dot online has a brief article about the Setu, which won a 2010 Red Dot award, but not a full review. The retail site SmartFurniture.com offers a handful of owner reviews.
Reviewer Ariel Adams describes her quest for a new office chair, saying she settled on the Setu after reading reviews. She likes its simplicity, adaptability and ease of use. She also likes its looks, writing, "Aside from proper ergonomic design by trained engineers and high quality construction, this luxury chair satisfies in that other important area, aesthetics." Noting that it can fit into different types of environments, Adams terms the Setu a "multipurpose, multi-person task chair that I can rely on wherever I need it."
Review: Herman Miller Setu Review: The Easy Ergonomic Chair, Ariel Adams, Oct. 23, 2009
This anonymous blogger reviews the Herman Miller Setu chair after trying it out for three months. He finds it comfortable enough to sit in all day, noting that the "lumbar support is perfectly placed." Moreover, he says, the elastomeric mesh (Herman Miller calls the material Lyris) is "extremely comfortable precisely because I cannot really feel it." He highly recommends the chair, especially given its price.
Review: Herman Miller's Setu Chair Review, "hipstomp", Oct. 19, 2009
3. Apartment Therapy.com
In this review Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan describes the Setu chair as an "Aeron crossed with Eames." Although he says it's not the kind of chair you can sit in for hours at a time, "for price, simplicity and comfort this is an excellent home office chair."
Review: Herman Miller Setu Chair: Aeron Crossed with Eames, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Feb. 10, 2010
This is a positive review of the Setu chair; the reviewer writes, "I love how weightless it looks and the slow, soft, cushy feel every time I sink down. It's impeccably constructed too -- no squeaks or creaks." The only negative thing he has to say is that the armrests may not be comfortable for everyone.
Review: Herman Miller Setu Review, Editors of YankoDesign.com
Reviewer Jesus Diaz says the Setu chair is "a poor man's [Herman Miller] Embody." The difference, according to Diaz, is that the Setu, "even while it's comfy and has great design… is not designed to work for long periods of time." This short review doesn't say much more than that.
Review: Herman Miller Setu Chair is a Poor Man's Embody, Jesus Diaz, June 11, 2009
A handful of owners post reviews of the Setu chair here; all rate it 4 out of 5 stars and say they would recommend it to a friend. Most owners have only positive things to say about the Setu -- according to one, "the mesh seat and back are heaven, with no pressure points." One person doesn't find it comfortable to sit in for long periods, and another wishes it cost less.
Review: Setu Chair Owner Reviews, Contributors to SmartFurniture.com
7. Red Dot Online
In this brief article about the Setu, which won a 2010 Red Dot award for product design, the editors of Red Dot Online note that the Setu sets "new standards of simplicity, adaptability and comfort for multipurpose seating." Further, the kinematic spine and Lyris elastomeric material are "precisely engineered to bend and stretch, conforming to your body contours."
Review: Setu -- Red Dot Award: Product Design 2010, Editors of Red Dot Online