An office chair affair

Written by Sara Black

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What’s in a chair? You just plonk your butt down and you’re done, right? Wrong. I’ve scoured the universe researching the best for your consideration. Now that workplace romances are on hold (the physical part, anyway), I’m going gaga over some of the world’s best-designed office chairs instead.

‘RM 57’ Chair by VZÓR

Perhaps not the most ergonomic chair I’ve ever coveted but you can’t deny the beauty of VZÓR’s ‘RM 57’ chair. Professor Roman Modzelewski created a prototype in 1957 and it’s only recently been put in production. It’s available in over a whopping 80 fabrics and its pins in several colour varnishes as well as satin and chrome finishes. Gotta love those Lithuanians.

‘Spoon’ Chair by Kartell

One of the more fruity task chairs on offer is Kartell’s ‘Spoon’ chair. Designed by Italian (hunk) Antonio Citterio in 2007, alongside then-head-of-department designer Toan Nguyen, this classic even boasts a hidden height-adjusting system. The polypropylene core allows for easy, fluid movement. And if you’re a colour fan — go bold and purchase the orange.

‘Aluminium Group Executive’ Chair by Herman Miller

The godfather of chairs needs no introduction but I get paid to write, so. Designed by powercouple Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, this classic comes with all of the bells and whistles to make work a breeze. Would you like a pneumatic lift and tilt with that? How about an extended pneumatic lift and tilt? Also available in a bunch of slightly different variations, including a luxe soft pad version.

‘Von’ Work Chair by Ercol

Hlynur V. Atlason wasn’t pissing around when he designed his ‘Von’ Work Chair for Ercol in 2018. Boasting 360º of gentle curves, it oozes comfort whilst also ticking all the right boxes for functionality. And it comes with either a right or left arm. Isn’t that thoughtful.

‘Roly Poly’ Chair by Faye Toogood

It’s officially classified as a dining chair but I don’t care. Providing womb-like feels, ‘Roly Poly’ would 100 per cent be worth not getting any work done for. Faye Toogood, the British artist behind the chair, works in a diverse range of disciplines from sculpture to furniture and fashion. Every single thing she creates is gold.

‘Wassily’ Chair by Marcel Breuer

Not only was Marcel Breuer a genius architect, seems he could design a pretty darn good chair too. Who knew? Manufacturers Knoll did. Designed in 1925 when Breuer was an apprentice at arts and design school Bauhaus, I predict this perch will remain on the classics list until the end of time.

‘Binaria’ stool by BD Barcelona

Task seating means business and none other is as serious about productivity as the ‘Binaria’ stool by BD Barcelona. Designed by Otto Canalda with the aid of doctor Jordi Badía, this Angry Birds-character-on-castors-looking beast has been a Spanish icon since the beginning of the 21st century.

‘J110’ Chair by HAY

Short on space and need a chair that doubles as a place to sit while working and dining? HAY fills that void in your life with its incredibly eye-pleasing ‘J110’ chair designed by Poul M. Volther. It’s elegant in a modern, quirky way and the timber finish gives cosy Little Red Riding Hood vibes.

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