Skrolla is a striking lounge chair that curves and bends to offer a comfortable seat

It’s easy enough to downplay the importance of a well-designed chair. That is, until your back and posterior start to complain about the soreness in those areas. It might not be that difficult to design a chair with ergonomic curves and angles, but one that also looks good seems to be a bit more difficult to find. It almost gives the impression that ergonomics and aesthetics are mutually opposed, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Granted, it might require a lot more creativity and ingenuity, but the end result will be so much worth the effort. A shining example of that is Skrolla, a beautiful wooden chair whose curves are more than just for show.

Designer: Dan Harden

Chairs with curved surfaces are nothing new, but you’d often find those forms in seats made of plastic or metal. These materials are easier to bend than wood, of course, but they also have less impact when it comes to portraying natural beauty. That novelty serves to augment Skrolla’s beauty, its smooth wooden surface and smooth curved form creating a visually appealing appearance that will sit well in almost any room. Plus, those curves were carefully designed to offer the best comfort for anyone sitting on this magnificent piece of furniture.

The seat, which resembles the eponymous paper scroll, isn’t carved but made from 13 layers of plywood veneer, joined and curved using a novel patented process. The wide arms provide ample room for people to support their bodies on, and the seat reclines at what is considered to be the most comfortable lounging angle. It’s so comfortable that the designer is confident you won’t even need cushions for it.

The assembly of the other parts is just as intriguing as the seat and backrest themselves. The legs, for example, go through the bottom of the scroll to the underside of the arm, creating a stable hold that requires no bracing or screws. The actual legs have larger diameters, so they’re able to hold the entire weight of the chair without additional support. The curved backrest is mortised to the back legs, again removing the need for screws or metal parts.

That practically means that the lounge chair has only six parts, all of them made from wood. The simplicity of its construction contrasts with the sophistication of its form, creating a kind of harmony that you’ll rarely find even in the prettiest of lounge chairs. It also makes the production process a bit simpler, even if the construction of the curved wood itself is just as nontrivial as its appearance.

What’s important is that Skrolla is designed to be comfortable, both in terms of ergonomics as well as visual appearance. It makes its presence in any room immediately known without being gaudy, using instead its minimalist yet sophisticated design to attract attention. It is a prime example of a design that goes beyond the limitation of the material to deliver something that is both innovative yet also familiar, something beautiful and comfortable just as a lounge chair should be.

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Chairs designed to be the culmination of ergonomics, style and comfort

We often underestimate the importance of a great chair! When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting on chairs, whether we’re working in our home office, enjoying a meal, or simply sitting and reading a book for leisure! Hence, this piece of furniture needs to be not only comfortable but ergonomic, and aesthetic as well. And we’ve curated a collection of chair designs that meet all these criteria!  From an oddly appealing armchair that comes with a nested design to a modular chair that transforms into a workspace – these innovative chair designs are not only a boon to your back, and help you maintain a healthy posture, but are also super comfy to sink into, and will perfectly match the interiors of your modern homes. Enjoy!

1. Hug

Aptly titled ‘Hug’ for the way the elements hug each other, the Hug Armchair is pleasing to look at, inviting with its warm design and eye-catching colors, and comfortable, thanks to an all-cushion construction that you practically sink right into.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair is (at least visually) made from 5 parts, with a rainbow-esque color palette to help separate them while giving the chair a unique theme. Starting off with a seat and gradually moving over to the large backrest which envelopes the entire chair, the Hug looks like a set of nesting kitchen containers or spoons (the ones from Joseph Joseph, no less)

What we like

  • The chair’s overarching personality envelops you in a hug when you sit on it
  • The Hug Armchair acts as a unique conversation piece for an interior

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. D-Tach

D-Tach is a versatile stool that transforms into a small workspace designed to accommodate today’s mobile work culture. With each day, our world seems to become more and more mobile. Mobile offices, working from home, and freelance careers are increasing in popularity as we move away from corporate offices. With work culture making such a big shift towards mobile lifestyles, our home offices and furniture should reflect that.

Why is it noteworthy?

Industrial design student Andrew Chang decided to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions as a traditional office chair, only to disassemble into parts that provide a small working space on the go.

What we like

  • Transforms into a small workspace
  • Fits into most modern offices

What we dislike

  • We’re unsure how comfortable would the small workspace be to actually work in

3. The Neo-Primitive Chair

RIMOWA Lee Sisan Neo-primitive

RIMOWA Lee Sisan Neo-primitive Aluminum Chair Exhibit

Sisan Lee has teamed up with premium-quality luggage brand Rimowa for a collaboration that was meant to be showcased at the “As Seen by” exhibit in South Korea.

Why is it noteworthy?

The designer utilized Rimowa’s very own grooved aluminum sheets, the same ones used on the brand’s prized carrier luggage pieces. He also thought of using tree branches and then transforming them into aluminum using sand casting–resulting in a luxuriously-styled chair that will probably make you remember you’re not yet traveling as you used to.

What we like

  • It may look brittle, but like the famous Rimowa luggage series, the Neo-Primitive Chair is made with strength and solidity
  • The Neo-Primitive Chair is considered an organic piece of furniture as it brings together nature and manufactured articles

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The O6

Named after the O-shaped backrest that gives the chair its distinct lightweight design, the O6 is the result of a 2-year collaboration between Benjamin Hubert’s LAYER Design and Allsteel.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair’s name also pays a hat-tip to the six key interactions that enable the user to configure the O6 for ultimate comfort. These adjustability controls include the vertical movement of its armrests; multi-directional movement of the arm pads; the vertical and horizontal movement of the seat; the tilting backrest; and the adjustable lumbar support. “The controls are streamlined and intuitive, enabling ergonomic comfort without visual complication”, says LAYER Design in their press release.

What we like

  • Designed to harmoniously blend into your muted office setup
  •  Users can customize the chair’s design by choosing from as many as 22 different colors of Spectrum mesh for the back and seat and six 4-Way Stretch mesh back colors

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Nodding Chair

As someone who loves to read, and read for long periods of time, I know that wooden chairs are the least comfortable ones to sit on while finishing a good book. And I’ve also tried to read while on a regular rocking chair and that made me dizzy since the constant big movements are a bit too much for my poor eyes. But staying put in a chair can still be uncomfortable and you need some type of motion while you’re reading. This product concept seems to be the perfect one for bookworms like me.

Why is it noteworthy?

While rocking chairs are good for relaxation, they’re not always good for floors and if you’re like me, for our eyes and peace of mind. The designer thought of a new way to have a chair that can be comfortable and still let your body have its range of natural motion while reading, resting, or even writing (if you’re used to that). The Nodding Chair can be tilted forward and backward, letting you make smaller movements that won’t make you too nauseous.

What we like

  • Creates less pressure on the floor so you won’t get marks and scratches
  • Allows the chair to move with you as you occasionally change positions while reading

What we dislike

  • The seat itself doesn’t seem to be that comfortable as it’s just plain wood and there’s no cushion

6. Task Chair

This new Task Chair that the Australian industrial designer Marc Newson has come up with for the German brand Knoll is an ergonomic chair with a single-line silhouette.

Why is it noteworthy?

What makes it stand out, even more, is its cantilevered shape which makes it look like the seat is floating. At first glance, the seat may not seem that inviting but it does catch the eye and once the user actually tries it out, they’ll realize that the design makes it even more comfortable.

What we like

  • It comes with a tilt function that is actually hidden under the seat
  • The seat’s texture has also been refined so you feel like you’re sitting on something luxurious

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Cardboard Chair Process Book

Goldilocks was right–the comfort of a chair depends on many different factors. Everything from a chair’s frame to its upholstery and everything in between comes into play. At the end of the day, a chair’s comfort depends on what we use it for–a plush loveseat might be the perfect spot to nestle up in and watch a rom-com, but it’s not the spot for working at our laptops. It’s just not the vibe! Lissette Romero unlocked the vibe with a new design concept called the Cardboard Chair Process Book that constructs bespoke chairs from cardboard using a set of criteria collected from client interviews and anthropometric measurements.

Why is it noteworthy?

Built from 5 4’x4’ sheets of single-ply corrugated cardboard, the custom chairs require no hardware, fasteners, or adhesives for construction or assembly. Before settling on the chair’s overall structure and ergonomics, Romero imagines conducting client interviews to determine each chair’s main function according to the sitter’s needs. For instance, a client looking for a lounge chair to play video games will end up with a very different chair design from a client who’s looking for a desk chair to use for studying.

What we like

  • The chair is to be tailored to [the client’s] body measurements, personal aesthetic, and tasks that they will be performing while seated
  • Built from sustainable materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Zero Chair

Franck Magne Zero Chair Design

Franck Magne Zero Chair Details

For creatives, designing something will often inspire another project to start as soon as possible. Designs inspired by other designs always exist, and that is what happened with this new chair introduced by industrial designer Franck Magné after working on the layout of the Soleil & Papilles restaurant in Paris. He was doing the layout when he also started to imagine the tables and chairs that could be used. He was thinking of dining furniture pieces that could be produced locally for an important reason: budgetary constraints.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Zero Chair can be easily laid out on a standard aluminum sheet as some nine chairs can be made and laid out on a single sheet of aluminum material that is already characterized as recyclable. In addition, this aluminum is said to reproduce almost no offcuts, which is a good thing for those constantly checking the sustainability of a product. The Zero Chair has now been added to the designer’s Objets Publics collection which is a brand of furniture for public spaces, in partnership with SAG France.

What we like

  • The Zero Chair can be used both outdoors and indoors, so every dining experience can be safe and comfortable
  • The Zero Chair is also available in different colors that can match the interior of any room, restaurant, or establishment

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Collapsible Wood Chair

Quite unlike any of the folding chairs you may have seen around you, on the internet, or even on this website, this creative little number comes from Jon 117 SP, a designer based out of Léon, Mexico.

Why is it noteworthy?

Simply titled the Collapsible Wood Chair, the seating uses two almost-identical wooden profiles with a thick paracord weaving between the both of them to form the seat and backrest. The paracord does two essential things – not only does it make sitting feel comfortable (unlike wood or metal which feels rigid), but it also adds a flexible element to the seat where it folds together, allowing the chair to collapse flat when you’re not sitting on it.

What we like

  • A unique take on a collapsible chair

What we dislike

  • We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to sit on the paracord

10. The Fly Armchair

A Gold Winner of the A’ Design Award, Pepe Lima’s armchair wasn’t born through material inspiration or exploration. It was the result of studies of deconstructivist compositions with the objective of creating a product with disconnected elements that paradoxically could result in a harmonious object. “The Fly armchair’s greatest differentials are its illusorily disconnected parts, which are presented as something exploded“, says Lima.

Why is it noteworthy?

It’s a common assumption that a chair is a singular frame of wood, lined with cushions at strategic places to make seating comfortable. The Fly Armchair shatters that notion by, instead, opting for multiple disconnected pieces of wood that are magically connected by the cushions and armrests. The wood frame isn’t a singular cohesive unit but is rather a fractured form that’s united by an unlikely hero – the ‘soft’ cushion. To an extent, that too was true with the Eames Lounge Chair’s design, although Lima made a more conscious effort to adopt that style here.

What we like

  • Clean + minimal aesthetics
  • It’s almost as if the chair’s ‘actual’ frame is wearing a leather cloak, while the armrests, legs, base, and back panel are taking the credit for bringing the chair together

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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Gravitas brings all-weather grated furniture for the outdoors

When choosing furniture for outdoor purposes, whether for your home patio or the outdoor seating of your restaurant or cafe, you have different criteria compared to your indoor furniture. While your living room or indoor seating for your establishment requires comfort and sometimes ingenuity, what you need for the outdoors is something more sturdy and can withstand whatever weather it might encounter. Having something creatively designed is a bonus of course.

Designer: Konture Studio

This new line of outdoor furniture is called Gravitas and the look and design is basically “grated”. It looks sturdy enough to survive strong winds, rains, and snow, although the steel material might make it a little too hot for when the sun is well and truly up during summer. The galvanized grating design for this “all-weather all-rounder” pieces of furniture is perfect for a garden, a patio, or the backyard outdoor seating for a cafe or restaurant with an industrial look or theme.

Aside from being weather-proof, the material also makes it easy to wash and clean, although the nooks and crannies of the grates might need some individual brushing if you want to do a thorough cleaning of the furniture. There are different sets available, including long bench-like seats for a long, rectangular table as well as square stools for a smaller, square table. You can choose between a galvanized or powder-coated finish, depending on the design that you want for your outdoor furniture. There are also different colors available like yellow, green, orange, pink, black.

The grated design goes well with an industrial theme although the comfort level of seating on benches and stools with such a design may be questionable. But if what you’re looking for are ensembles of tables and seats that will last longer than the usual materials, then this is something better compared to other kinds of furniture with less sturdy materials. The Gravitas furniture series is also something different for Konture Studio which normally creates furniture lines for retail stores.

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This uber-luxury NFT collectibles furniture oscillates between reality and metaverse

Metaverse is presumably an indistinct concept. But, that’s only a fragment of individual imagination. 3D virtual spaces called the metaverse – after Zuckerberg’s Facebook rebranding to Meta – are now the virtual fashion in parts fuelled by the concept of Non-Fungible Tokens. NFTs permit the purchase of non-tangible items in the metaverse meant only for viewing not for use. Trimming that part for our little imagination, studio Monde Singulier is pre-empting the launch of ultra-luxe furniture for the virtual and the real worlds. So, you can then furnish the metaverse home and the physical living room with the same piece of collectibles furniture.

Playing with spatial design, 3D artistry, eye-catchy hues and materials, Sebastien Baert co-founder Monde Singulier enhances the excitement by putting the furniture in the natural environment where detaching elements of chairs, tables, and beds awe-inspire the spectator. The pretentious character conceived instantly seeps the heart – knocking back and forth in dwindling narratives – instigating the mind to get one right away.

Designer: Monde Singulier

Get one? How much would you pay for furniture NFTs is a question best left unanswered at least until “Rêveries” – the collection of collectibles furniture – invades the metaverse. Rêveries comprises four luxury furniture collections oscillating between reality and imagination. Spanning over eight exquisite concepts; the Le Champ, La Prairie, Le Lagon, and Le Desert collections are designed for both metaverse and the real world. If not all of them “a few furniture pieces” will be available in the real world while “every single piece will be auctioned in the metaverse” Monde Singulier substantiates through its webpage.

Decorated in immaculate imagery of chairs and tables tossing and flipping in virtual environs, the website of the design studio – bent on designing “ultra-luxury spaces and collectible furniture for both worlds”- is worth a visit until the NFTs and online retail open for our interest.

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Zero Chair produces almost zero waste with a single aluminum sheet

Franck Magne Zero Chair Design

For creatives, designing something will often inspire another project to start as soon as possible. Designs inspired by other designs always exist, and that is what happened with this new chair introduced by industrial designer Franck Magné after working on the layout of the Soleil & Papilles restaurant in Paris. He was doing the layout when he also started to imagine the tables and chairs that could be used. He was thinking of dining furniture pieces that could be produced locally for an important reason: budgetary constraints. Such a concern is essential in designing because you can’t just quickly produce and multiply money, mainly if it’s already limited and you have an output to deliver. Good thing the designer is smart and resourceful enough to optimize the design in hopes that material waste can be reduced. Zero waste is not precisely the goal, but the creation of the Zero Chair can help achieve that state someday.

Designer: Franck Magné

Franck Magne Zero Chair Details

The Zero Chair can be easily laid out on a standard aluminum sheet as some nine chairs can be made and laid out on a single sheet of aluminum material that is already characterized as recyclable. In addition, this aluminum is said to reproduce almost no offcuts, which is a good thing for those constantly checking the sustainability of a product. The Zero Chair has now been added to the designer’s Objets Publics collection which is a brand of furniture for public spaces, in partnership with SAG France.

Franck Magne Zero Chair Details

Franck Magné has been working on a small budget for the restaurant when he thought of this design. Zero Chair could pertain to zero waste, but it’s not really the case because there will still be waste but only very minimal. The designer said he wanted to create chairs that would minimize scrap and that’s what he successfully did. There are still offcuts produced, but those too can be recycled for whatever use as per the industrial designer.

Franck Magne Zero Chair Designer Illustration

The legs are assembled in a criss-cross fashion for better support and angle, while the backrest portion shows a curved shape that is also smoother and safer for young kids. Another exciting feature of the Zero Chair is a drain hole in the seat that works as a handle when you want to move or transport the chair. The Zero Chair can be used both outdoors and indoors, so every dining experience can be safe and comfortable. Of course, you can’t say this is just another mass-produced chair, but it offers many advantages like affordability, portability, and even sustainability.

Franck Magne Zero Chair Features

The Zero Chair is also available in different colors that can match the interior of any room, restaurant, or establishment. We can imagine all colors installed inside a room, which will be pleasing to the eyes. It looks like an ordinary dining chair, but its real beauty lies in its innovation, eco-friendliness, and genius design that produces less waste.

Franck Magne Zero Chair

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Top 10 office chairs that are the ultimate furniture designs you need to work comfortably

We often underestimate the importance of a great office chair! When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting on chairs, whether we’re working in our home office or a corporate one! Hence, this piece of furniture needs to be not only comfortable but ergonomic, and aesthetic as well. And we’ve curated a collection of chair designs that meet all these criteria! From a modular chair that transforms into a small workspace to an office chair that looks futuristic but with ergonomics from the past – these innovative chair designs are not only a boon to your back, and help you maintain a healthy posture, but are also super comfy to sink into, and will perfectly match the interiors of your modern office. Enjoy!

1. D-Tach

D-Tach is a versatile stool that transforms into a small workspace designed to accommodate today’s mobile work culture. With each day, our world seems to become more and more mobile. Mobile offices, working from home, and freelance careers are increasing in popularity as we move away from corporate offices. With work culture making such a big shift towards mobile lifestyles, our home offices and furniture should reflect that.

Why is it noteworthy?

Industrial design student Andrew Chang decided to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions as a traditional office chair, only to disassemble into parts that provide a small working space on the go.

What we like

  • Transforms into a small workspace
  • Fits into most modern offices

What we dislike

  • We’re unsure how comfortable would the small workspace be to actually work in

2. The FLO Concept

When you’re working all day on your desk, the last thing you need is a chair that makes the work even more tiresome, not to mention actually dangerous to your health. The FLO concept tries to change the equation by designing the casual swivel chair as a more visually whole shape. Of course, the chair is actually made of different parts that you do have to assemble, but once connected, it would seem as if the chair came out of the factory as a single piece, except for the base and swivel cylinder, of course.

Why is it noteworthy?

This design allows the eyes to smoothly follow the contour of the chair like flowing water, hence the name. Perhaps almost as a side effect, the overall design of the chair looks futuristic and something from a utopian office. The sleek form and twisting structures of the armrests and the bent shape of the backrest give it an almost otherworldly appearance, definitely not something that would fit in today’s office settings.

What we like

  • Visually striking
  • The structure of the chair is actually designed to provide more stability and durability, especially when leaning back

What we dislike

  • The shape of the backrest itself might not be that comfortable after long hours of use.

3. The HÅG Capisco chair

The HÅG Capisco chair ergonomic office seat is an innovative chair design that’s been amped with a variety of active sitting options, that ensure you don’t have to sit still all day long! It pairs perfectly with standing desks, or desks with an adjustable height. It comes in twelve different upholstery options, as well as three different color options.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair works well for all kinds of people. Whether you’re a fidgety personality who loves to move around, or someone who enjoys stretching and practicing yoga – this chair works perfectly for everyone! It supports any seating position you may occupy – whether you sit backward, sideways, kneeling, cross-legged, squatting, or more.

What we like

  • Adjustable height – 15″ to 40″
  • Supports a maximum weight of 250 pounds

What we dislike

  • The chair’s quirky form may not merge harmoniously with modern office spaces

4. The 5° Chair

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve leaned back in almost every chair I sit in. If I have the room, I’ll tilt back until I hit that sweet spot and let the chair teeter back and forth. Some of us have fidget spinners and some of us lean our chairs all the way back. Designed specifically for those of us who share that same tendency, Seoul-based design firm 250 Design built the 5° Chair, an office chair that can rotate 360°, lean back and forward, and tilt from side to side.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair’s seat plate cozies up to and hugs your hips for support from the bottom, with added cushion for comfort. Similarly, the backrest plate forms to the shape of your back to bolster your posture and encourage an upright spine. The 5° Chair’s legs are reinforced in the core with angled wave springs that can tilt in any direction, while the chair’s spindle can lean from side to side, 5 degrees from its center point. The rotatability of the 5° Chair allows it to adjust to your body’s natural movement, offering support from every angle.

What we like

  • Adjust’s to your body’s natural movement
  • Embedded wave springs provide the chair with stationary mobility

What we dislike

  • Does not feature wheels

5. uuma

This portable table and chair combo is made from fiberglass, which offers the unit its much-needed portability and durability. Fiberglass by virtue is a sustainable and pretty affordable material, it is also lightweight and robust in nature. The customizable furniture unit comprises four parts primarily that can be removed or put together with minimum know-how. The modular parts of the uuma include a height-adjustable metal leg – forming the central frame – and the lower and upper table layers.

Why is it noteworthy?

During the work from home regime, there may be times when you want to move to the balcony/garden and work while soaking in some sun. It seems easy with the choice of outdoor furniture, but if you have tried – you know – meeting the comfort of the workstation outside is not possible, and you end up cutting the adventure short, only to return to the more efficient work environment. With the umma the scenario is alterable. You can have a comfortable seat that can raise or lower on demand and can be clipped open to reveal a height-adjustable table. This table and chair can then be equally comfortable whether you choose to place it outside or inside in your home-office nook. This means, with uuma you can work wherever and whenever you can find the right motivation and creativity you need for your work.

What we like

  • Can be used in multiple setting both indoors and outdoors
  • Highly portable and durable

What we dislike

  • The design may not be very ergonomic or comfortable to work on for long hours

6. The Axis Stool

Stools, often, make a better seating option in the office, than chairs! Designed to guarantee comfort and instantly increase concentration and physical fatigue, the Axis stool is, according to the designer, the first ergonomic stool created from sustainable materials. The stool is intended primarily for the demanding needs of a flexible office environment, for which, it is made lightweight and stackable – two essentials of a modern office where space comes at a premium.

Why is it noteworthy?

In addition to its ergonomic design, sustainability is at the Axis’s core. The seat is made from injection molding bio thermo-polymer, which makes it a biodegradable and recyclable seating unit for the greener offices of the future. To create more impact with little mechanical intervention, the entire stool – the base and the seat – are held together using a single screw. The convenient manufacturing makes it possible that the specially engineered seat on the top can tilt in any direction so the users don’t feel the pressure while leaning from one desk to another. The base and the seat are placed inches apart from each other to allow 360-degree tilting without friction between the two components.

What we like

  • Created from sustainable materials
  • The entire stool is held together using a single screw

What we dislike

  • We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to work on for long periods of time

7. The Reversible Chair

Nicola Stäubli Reversible Chair Release

Nicola Stäubli is a Swiss architect and designer who created the Reversible Chair more than a decade ago. So it’s an old project, but it’s one proof that a good design never goes out of style.

Why is it noteworthy?

This thing is reversible as you can quickly flip the rear legs. Doing so will transform the chair into a lounge chair. It also comes with a reversible cover so you can enjoy two color versions of the textile. With the two forms and several colors, you can get different objects. The set of steel tubes and the fabric is considered smart. You can assemble four different seats to match your need and style. All you need to do is flip over the rear legs to have a new chair.

What we like

  • The pipe pieces can be pulled apart and combined to create a new chair.
  • The design is efficient, convenient, and easy to understand

What we dislike

  • It’s an old design

8. The Commute Chair

To give you the feeling of working from the office while working from home, designer Andrew Mangelsdorf created the Commute chair.

Why is it noteworthy?

The name commute chair might give you the idea that it helps you recreate the journey (maybe it’s a variation of floo powder that transports you while sitting in place), it literally helps create a barrier between your home and workspace. Designing a home office is a luxury not everyone can afford – we often convert our bedroom into the workroom and the dining table into a desk for the day. Commute lets you mentally transform yourself by pulling up the partitions of this ingenious chair. The chair also comes with multiple accessories like a swiveling tabletop and a table light – all integrated to create the perfect desk set up in the form of one simple chair.

What we like

  • The chair has USB ports
  • Holds deep pockets to hold all your knick-knacks that you need during work

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. Flowspace

Draped in gray felt, Flowspace comes with automated privacy panels that create a hybrid of a conventional desk and round pod. As currently conceptualized, each pod comes with its own desktop computer, desk, and stool. The desktop computer’s monitor spans almost the entire panel inside the pod, making it an ideal screen for heavy workloads and even presentations.

Why is it noteworthy?

The pod itself comes in two halves to combine and provide plenty of privacy amidst busy work zones. Whenever you want to get back to the WFH grind, Flowspace creates a temporary sanctuary for focus and deep work. With the so-called ‘new normal’ making its way around the globe, we’re all eager to have a little bit of both–the charm of working alone and the excitement of collaboration.

What we like

  • Automated privacy panels
  • Features an ideal screen for heavy workloads and even presentations

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. That Stool

That Stool is comprised of only a few parts: a seat rest, five legs, a couple of star-shaped spindles, and some connecting nuts and bolts. All contained within a flatpack corrugated cardboard box, the parts of That Stool are easy to assemble with no additional hardware required. Following the imprinted instructions on the underside of That Stool’s top cover, users will first attach each leg to the corresponding screws on the star-shaped spindles. From there, connecting fasteners secure the legs and spindles in place, providing a sturdy bolster for the seat rest to mount.

Why is it noteworthy?

Small stools can come in handy anywhere. From empty art studios to crowded offices, stools can make the simple difference between sitting on the floor and having a seat. They especially come in handy when they’re designed for easy assembly and storage. Developed by Alondra Elizalde, That Stool is a flatpack DIY small stool designed with easy assembly to provide a practical means of having a stool anywhere, at any time.

What we like

  • Flatpack design
  • You can build it yourself!
  • Can be assembled in 4 steps

What we dislike

  • Looks like any other regular stool on the market

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This office chair concept looks futuristic but with ergonomics from the past

There is no shortage of ideas on how chairs can and should be, depending on where they are used. Regardless of shape, size, and style, however, a few standard elements are expected in every design. The chair has to be stable, of course, and it has to be comfortable to sit on for hours on end. The latter is particularly critical for office chairs which should add comfort and support to let people perform potentially tiresome tasks for long periods of time. Office chairs, particularly the swivel type ones, are notorious for being a pain in the back and a pain in the eyes. Unsurprisingly, this also presents the biggest opportunity for improvement, and a particular concept tries to modernize the casual chair design with one that goes with the flow of contours and lines.

Designer: Changgon Lee

Swivel chairs, probably because of their use in the office or in more casual places, seem to be designed more for mass production than any other consideration. Many aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing, and most simply meet the function of a piece of furniture you can sit on and not much else. When you’re working all day on your desk, the last thing you need is a chair that makes the work even more tiresome, not to mention actually dangerous to your health.

The FLO concept tries to change the equation by designing the casual swivel chair as a more visually whole shape. Of course, the chair is actually made of different parts that you do have to assemble, but once connected, it would seem as if the chair came out of the factory as a single piece, except for the base and swivel cylinder, of course.

This design allows the eyes to smoothly follow the contour of the chair like flowing water, hence the name. Perhaps almost as a side effect, the overall design of the chair looks futuristic and something from a utopian office. The sleek form and twisting structures of the armrests and the bent shape of the backrest give it an almost otherworldly appearance, definitely not something that would fit in today’s office settings.

But while the FLO chair design concept is visually striking, it might come at the price of space efficiency and, more importantly, ergonomics. The structure of the chair is actually designed to provide more stability and durability, especially when leaning back, but the shape of the backrest itself might not be that comfortable after long hours of use.

The flow-centric design of the chair supposedly also has advantages in being able to support heavier loads without actually making the structure heavier in turn. This can hopefully be extended to using a variety of sustainable materials inside of typical plastics. The designer, for example, mentioned the use of resin and upholstery, but the door remains open for alternative materials as well. Despite the more unified shape, the unconventional shape of the chair’s parts will make packaging also unconventional, potentially taking up more room compared to flat-packed swivel chairs.

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This robot-powered gaming chair looks so comfy that you might want to sleep on it

We’ve recently seen a rise in gaming chairs that would make your gaming desktop rig cry. To call them a chair might be an understatement, especially since they look more like elaborate, extravagant, and over-the-top lounges outfitted with everything you need to play games and not get up except for bodily necessities. While those chairs almost always advertise gaming comfort, they honestly look more like hard and cold traps designed to keep you from getting up and finishing your games. In contrast, you might never want to get up from this gaming chair concept, but only because it might be too comfortable and too soothing to leave. And to arrive at that kind of experience, the designers took inspiration from the most unlikely source, a supercar like a Lamborghini.

Designers: Ryan Kim, Yaeji Hong, Dongwoo Han

Gaming and cars don’t really have much in common unless you consider the concept of speed that’s associated with both machines. That’s not to say they can’t learn from each other, and cars today are getting more technologically sophisticated, running on powerful computers that might also be found in PCs. The Moiin Robodesk Gaming Chair concept takes the sharing in the other direction, with car aesthetics informing how a gaming chair could harmoniously blend contrasting elements of warmth and cold, comfort and performance.

The chair part of the Moiin, for example, has the same leather materials that Lamborghini would use on the seats of its supercars. While existing gaming chairs do have cushions and soft materials to offer comfort to the gamer, this goes over and beyond the call of duty. And if that weren’t enough, the chair is actually a massage chair that could help soothe those aching backs and shoulders from hours of gaming on end. Not that you should be playing games for hours on end in the first place.

The gaming part isn’t going to be left behind and will easily remind people of the sleek and shiny surfaces of high-end sports cars. LED lights around some edges give it that gamer aesthetic that makes it look equally futuristic, but the polished appearance of the “colder” parts of the setup actually complements the warmer personality of the leather-wrapped chair quite nicely. It’s a harmony of opposites that you’d find so executed so perfectly in sportscars and supercars.

That isn’t the end of the wonders of this gaming machine, though. If that monitor and keyboard stand looks more like a robot arm to you, you aren’t that far off. Rather than burden gamers with having to manually adjust the chair to their comfort, the robotic arm does all the work for them, leaning in and back as needed. It’s the ultimate reclining chair comfort made just as smart and as sophisticated as the gaming machine that it’s running.

Of course, there might be some concerns about whether making gaming too comfortable could lead to an even more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, gamers might have the worst postures of all computer users, and having a desk and chair combo that not only encourages ergonomics but also adds comfort could at least help give their bodies a bit of a break. Admittedly, Moiin’s aesthetics might not appeal to all gamers, but those that love supercars and the Lamborghini design style might have found heaven in this concept.

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Vyper Workshop Chairs: The Ferrari of Shop Chairs

Designed for use in workshops and garages by people who are all too familiar with their hands being covered in grease and/or fresh wounds, Vyper Shop Chairs are a high-end line of chairs designed with both comfort and functionality in mind. I can already see myself racing around the office on one, only to get an email requesting a meeting from HR a short time after.

The chairs are available in tall and short models, and with or without backs. I’m a tall, with back kinda guy, but to each their own. Optional upgrades include a tool tray or a sidekick with two cup holders (or one cup holder and one small dog food bowl) and a tool holder for your cordless drill or whatever you might be working with. Me? I only need a hammer.

The chairs start at around $550, so they aren’t the cheapest shop chairs on the market, but they sure beat sitting on a couple of stacked cinder blocks as I do now. My back hates me. Honestly, from all the stiffness and popping I hear when I get up in the morning, I’d say most of my body hates me.

[via The Awesomer]

Top 10 chair designs that are the perfect culmination of ergonomics + aesthetics

We often underestimate the importance of a great chair! When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting on chairs, whether we’re working in our home office, enjoying a meal, or simply sitting and reading a book for leisure! Hence, this piece of furniture needs to be not only comfortable but ergonomic, and aesthetic as well. And we’ve curated a collection of chair designs that meet all these criteria! From a modular chair that transforms into a small workspace to a chair that lets you slightly rock your seat while reading – these innovative chair designs are not only a boon to your back, and help you maintain a healthy posture, but are also super comfy to sink into, and will perfectly match the interiors of your modern homes. Enjoy!

1. D-Tach

D-Tach is a versatile stool that transforms into a small workspace designed to accommodate today’s mobile work culture. With each day, our world seems to become more and more mobile. Mobile offices, working from home, and freelance careers are increasing in popularity as we move away from corporate offices. With work culture making such a big shift towards mobile lifestyles, our home offices and furniture should reflect that.

Why is it noteworthy?

Industrial design student Andrew Chang decided to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions as a traditional office chair, only to disassemble into parts that provide a small working space on the go.

What we like

  • Transforms into a small workspace
  • Fits into most modern offices

What we dislike

  • We’re unsure how comfortable would the small workspace be to actually work in

2. The 4PM Chaise Longue Chair

Comprised of flat and curved features, the 4PM Chaise Longue Chair is designed to create comfort out of hard material. Constructed in either Douglas fir or cherry wood, the only upholstered component of the 4PM Chaise Longue Chair is the leather headrest. Balanced on top of the backrest, Massproductions held the headrest in place with a steel weight.

Why is it noteworthy?

Massproductions is a slow furniture company, don’t let the name fool you. Since the furniture company only develops a few pieces every year, the ones that go into production guarantee a top-quality build and durable life span. Boasting an efficient, sustainable, and high-quality industrial production process, the company’s designers ensure the integrity of Massproductions’s vision. The company’s founder, Chris Martin, developed the 4PM Chaise Longue Chair to reinforce the company’s commitment to quality and produce an ergonomic, long-lasting chair for much-needed R&R.

What we like

  • Sustainable production and design process
  • Ergonomically designed

What we dislike

  • Doesn’t seem very comfortable to sit on
  • Space consuming

3. The Nodding Chair

As someone who loves to read, and read for long periods of time, I know that wooden chairs are the least comfortable ones to sit on while finishing a good book. And I’ve also tried to read while on a regular rocking chair and that made me dizzy since the constant big movements are a bit too much for my poor eyes. But staying put in a chair can still be uncomfortable and you need some type of motion while you’re reading. This product concept seems to be the perfect one for bookworms like me.

Why is it noteworthy?

While rocking chairs are good for relaxation, they’re not always good for floors and if you’re like me, for our eyes and peace of mind. The designer thought of a new way to have a chair that can be comfortable and still let your body have its range of natural motion while reading, resting, or even writing (if you’re used to that). The Nodding Chair can be tilted forward and backward, letting you make smaller movements that won’t make you too nauseous.

What we like

  • Creates less pressure on the floor so you won’t get marks and scratches
  • Allows the chair to move with you as you occasionally change positions while reading

What we dislike

  • The seat itself doesn’t seem to be that comfortable as it’s just plain wood and there’s no cushion

4. The Cardboard Chair

Goldilocks was right–the comfort of a chair depends on many different factors. Everything from a chair’s frame to its upholstery and everything in between comes into play. At the end of the day, a chair’s comfort depends on what we use it for–a plush loveseat might be the perfect spot to nestle up in and watch a rom-com, but it’s not the spot for working at our laptops. It’s just not the vibe! Lissette Romero unlocked the vibe with a new design concept called the Cardboard Chair Process Book that constructs bespoke chairs from cardboard using a set of criteria collected from client interviews and anthropometric measurements.

Why is it noteworthy?

Built from 5 4’x4’ sheets of single-ply corrugated cardboard, the custom chairs require no hardware, fasteners, or adhesives for construction or assembly. Before settling on the chair’s overall structure and ergonomics, Romero imagines conducting client interviews to determine each chair’s main function according to the sitter’s needs. For instance, a client looking for a lounge chair to play video games will end up with a very different chair design from a client who’s looking for a desk chair to use for studying.

What we like

  • The chair is to be tailored to [the client’s] body measurements, personal aesthetic, and tasks that they will be performing while seated
  • Built from sustainable materials

What we dislike

No complaints!

5. The Collapsible Wood Chair

Quite unlike any of the folding chairs you may have seen around you, on the internet, or even on this website, this creative little number comes from Jon 117 SP, a designer based out of Léon, Mexico.

Why is it noteworthy?

Simply titled the Collapsible Wood Chair, the seating uses two almost-identical wooden profiles with a thick paracord weaving between the both of them to form the seat and backrest. The paracord does two essential things – not only does it make sitting feel comfortable (unlike wood or metal which feels rigid), but it also adds a flexible element to the seat where it folds together, allowing the chair to collapse flat when you’re not sitting on it.

What we like

  • A unique take on a collapsible chair

What we dislike

  • We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to sit on the paracord

6. The HÅG Capisco chair

The HÅG Capisco chair ergonomic office seat is an innovative chair design that’s been amped with a variety of active sitting options, that ensure you don’t have to sit still all day long! It pairs perfectly with standing desks, or desks with an adjustable height. It comes in twelve different upholstery options, as well as three different color options.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair works well for all kinds of people. Whether you’re a fidgety personality who loves to move around, or someone who enjoys stretching and practicing yoga – this chair works perfectly for everyone! It supports any seating position you may occupy – whether you sit backward, sideways, kneeling, cross-legged, squatting, or more.

What we like

  • Adjustable height – 15″ to 40″
  • Supports a maximum weight of 250 pounds

What we dislike

  • The chair’s quirky form may not merge harmoniously with modern office spaces

7. bold

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Everyone needs a place to sit down once in a while, but not every place has a dedicated seat or chair. Some might have simple raised structures that force you to precariously perch your behind on a surface, while others just have a flat floor to work with. You can always bring your own stool or sit anywhere on the floor, but that often poses problems for your back. This design concept tries to make a bold statement on portability and lumbar support but leaves the door open for questions about its ergonomics and comfort.

Why is it noteworthy?

As with regular chairs, the design of legless chairs comes in all shapes and sizes. Most of them, however, try to offer an almost literal slice of a couch or sofa in terms of cushioning and upholstery. bold, however, goes in a completely different direction with a bigger focus on being space-efficient when not in use and providing support for your lower back.

What we like

  • Space-saving design
  • Super portable form

What we dislike

  • We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to sit on or even stable

8. The 5° Chair

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve leaned back in almost every chair I sit in. If I have the room, I’ll tilt back until I hit that sweet spot and let the chair teeter back and forth. Some of us have fidget spinners and some of us lean our chairs all the way back. Designed specifically for those of us who share that same tendency, Seoul-based design firm 250 Design built the 5° Chair, an office chair that can rotate 360°, lean back and forward, and tilt from side to side.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair’s seat plate cozies up to and hugs your hips for support from the bottom, with added cushion for comfort. Similarly, the backrest plate forms to the shape of your back to bolster your posture and encourage an upright spine. The 5° Chair’s legs are reinforced in the core with angled wave springs that can tilt in any direction, while the chair’s spindle can lean from side to side, 5 degrees from its center point. The rotatability of the 5° Chair allows it to adjust to your body’s natural movement, offering support from every angle.

What we like

  • Adjust’s to your body’s natural movement
  • Embedded wave springs provide the chair with stationary mobility

What we dislike

  • Does not feature wheels

9. The Virén Chair

Plastic is almost impossible to get rid of at this point in human history. Despite their known negative effects on the environment, they are still one of the most widely-used materials because of their often superior properties. As part of efforts to at least reduce the number of new plastics produced and wasted, some have put their focus on recycling plastic instead. Finnish energy company Fortum is showcasing one such material in a chair that has been designed to send a message of resilience and is named after an athlete that embodies what it means to make a comeback.

Why is it noteworthy?

In the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, Finnish long-distance runner Lasse Virén fell in the middle of the 10,000-meter finals. Not only did Virén get up to finish the race, he actually won the gold for that event and set new records, some of which he still holds today. Fortum chose to name its revolutionary chair after the famed athlete as the Virén Chair represents standing up again, without external help.

What we like

  • The chair simply uses the momentum of the fall to roll on its back, where a specially-designed structure causes it to roll upright again
  •  The legs of the chair almost look like a runner’s in the middle of a sprint

What we dislike

No complaints!

10. That Stool

That Stool is comprised of only a few parts: a seat rest, five legs, a couple of star-shaped spindles, and some connecting nuts and bolts. All contained within a flatpack corrugated cardboard box, the parts of That Stool are easy to assemble with no additional hardware required. Following the imprinted instructions on the underside of That Stool’s top cover, users will first attach each leg to the corresponding screws on the star-shaped spindles. From there, connecting fasteners secure the legs and spindles in place, providing a sturdy bolster for the seat rest to mount.

Why is it noteworthy?

Small stools can come in handy anywhere. From empty art studios to crowded offices, stools can make the simple difference between sitting on the floor and having a seat. They especially come in handy when they’re designed for easy assembly and storage. Developed by Alondra Elizalde, That Stool is a flatpack DIY small stool designed with easy assembly to provide a practical means of having a stool anywhere, at any time.

What we like

  • Flatpack design
  • You can build it yourself!
  • Can be assembled in 4 steps

What we dislike

  • Looks like any other regular stool on the market

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