Long-Term Review: Herman Miller Setu Chairs

We’ve had our Herman Miller Setu Office chairs for exactly 9 months today, so I thought that may be a good enough milestone to warrant a long-term review.

When we were in the spirit of redesigning our office we ordered a pair of Setu Chairs from Smartfurniture.com in the following configuration…

  • Studio White Frame
  • Lyris Slate Grey Upholstery
  • Ribbon Arms
  • Five-star Aluminum Base
  • Translucent Casters (we have hardwood floors in the office)
  • Standard Height (we’re both about 5’8″)

Color me green 3.0 (Energy Efficient Windows installation)


Christy and I finally made our last big energy efficiency upgrade to our home….new windows!

After paying attention to style of windows in our favorite modern design outlets, we decided that we wanted dark frame windows with minimal frame width.

After having a few different contractors come by and showcase everything from vinyl, wood to composites.  We were attracted most to the look and durability of aluminum windows.

The aluminum windows seemed to be the window frame of chose at many of the home tours we have been on as well, so it seemed like a good choice.  The company we chose offered Milgard brand windows and we opted for the thermally-broken variety with double-pane and argon filled options for added energy efficiency.

The new windows were installed all-throughout the house with the exception of the big patio-style doors that adorn the balconies on the front.

After about a 6-week wait for the windows to get made, they were installed in just a couple days.  We’re really happy about the results and feel it goes another step toward giving the house a new clean and minimal look and edge.

Before and after pics after the break.

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You got the besta me: IKEA Besta Cabinet installation

I ordered a new television recently (see HD 2.0)  and, of course, didn’t think I’d be satisfied with just sitting it on a stand.

I was thinking it’d be good to just mount it on the wall with a mounting frame, but wiring (especially after new insulation) might present a few challenges. And Christy didn’t want any big holes in the wall.

In our many trips to IKEA we took note of the cool media cabinet configurations they had, so we thought maybe we could just get a new stand and mount it to that. That’d be a lot easier than drilling holes, routing electrical wires, and attaching a recessed box for a wall-mount, right?


Actually, this project was probably one of the biggest things we’ve underestimated. We should have known when a guy at Ikea commented on our car-loads of Ikea boxes with, “It took me two weeks to assemble some of their closets. Good luck!”

What we thought would be a weekend project turned into about 3-4 weeks of daily tweaks and finagling.

We should have first realized this when just figuring out what to buy (what would fit in the room) required a Google Sketchup of the place.

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