Herman Miller Setu Multi Purpose Chair, Alpine

Product information

With a number of awards, including Best Sustainable Design Solution, the Setu chair provides comfort for any situation. The Kinematic Spine bends and flexes as you do, while the elastomeric fabric conforms to your contours to keep you comfortable and supported.

Rather than having adjustment levers, Setu enjoys a buoyant design that allows it to move and conform to your body simply by responding to your weight as you sit.

The minimalist outline is thanks to meticulous design: during creation Setu was shaped and reshaped to streamline the shape and ensure less material is used. From the tip of Setu's polypropylene Kinematic Spine down to the durable alloy base, this chair is finished without using toxic coatings.

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Assembly Required
Fully assembled
Back Rest Information With tilt lock the back of your chair can be released for easy reclining.
Back Surface
Herman Miller
Castor Type
Hardwood flooring and short pile carpet
Country of Origin
H94.5 - 97.5cm x W64 x D44cm
Dynamic design Information A dynamic or ergonomic design reduces the load on the spinal column, promotes good posture and blood circulation in the body, and prevents tiredness.
Eligible for International Delivery
Furniture Range
Height of seat
Lumbar Support
Manufacturer's Guarantee
12 years
Polypropylene spine, aluminium and plastic with elastomeric fabric seat
Max User Weight
Recommended hours of use
Up to 8 per day
Seat Height
Tilting backrest
Weight Information Unpackaged weight

Editor's Notes

Established in 1923 in Michigan, USA, Herman Miller encompasses over 90 years of experience in seating design. They have cultivated a global reputation for creating chairs defined by original aesthetics, the application of ergonomic design and a focus on sustainable development.

A good ergonomic work chair aligns your body with your environment and technology, in turn improving the way you feel while working. Herman Miller office chairs achieve this by offering alignment and support, to allow your blood to circulate freely and enable more oxygen to reach brain cells. Providing a superior level of comfort, these chairs make it easier for you to focus on the task at hand.


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Q & As

Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simple, Comfortable Chair Really loved the look of this as it's a lot less chunky and industrial as most long-use chairs, so fits better in a home office. And thankfully, it's just as good to use! Although the only adjustment is height, the chair tilts and conforms to your body so stays comfortable even when sat in it all day. Very impressed! 02 October 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Laminate floor damaged by wheels The wheels on this chair do not turn when you are not sitting in it, which is really annoying. When I took receipt of the delivery, I had no idea that the chair couldn't just be wheeled along the floor, and I ended up with a nice surface scratch all along my hallway floor as I dragged it into the study (it's too heavy to carry). It also means that you can't push the chair under the desk once you have got up from it. 05 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect ergo handsome home office chair Really comfortable, even after 8 hours. I'm 5 months pregnant and haven't felt the sciatic pain all day. Also fits well my rugby playing man. Looks delicate, doesn't over power the room, is light to lift. Very simple clean lines make it a handsome chair. Wish I'd found and bought this ages ago. Very expensive but like a good bed I think it is a good investment. John Lewis delivered within a few days for free. And I know if there are problems they'll deal with them, which at this price is the reassurance I need. 22 July 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Worth the wait! We have been making do at home for years with an ugly hand-me-down-from-the-office chair and it was love at first sight when we saw the above on display at JL. Agree with the two previous comments. We too have a small study and most products would positively dwarf the space. This is very comfortable indeed, and I hope it improves my posture too in time! Goes beautifully with our (different brand) new shelves, desk etc which is white, with matt silver coloured metal handles and legs. 12 October 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very stylish Pricey, but very comfortable and stylish. Just right for a small office or space where you don't want a big chair to overpower the room. 07 September 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by uncomfortable This is the most uncomfortable desk chair I have ever sat in. I persisted with it for an afternoon, and ended up with back ach to my mid back. If you sit back in the chair, you are forced to sit leaning forward, which is most unfortfortable,, resulting in having to perch on the front of the seat, to get comfortable. Very disappointing for such an expensive chair. 11 August 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by No complaints! Comfortable, stylish and elegant. An instant hit in the study. 20 June 2011
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