Workplace Seating: Office desk chairs by Five leading designers

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We continue looking at workplace seating this week on the blog and present an array of products that pay homage to some of the leading names in design. From Alberto Meda to Antonio Citterio and Fred Scott, we have selected five office task chairs that represent some significance of an element that each designer has introduced to workplace seating. Each of the chair ranges we present here, from modern ergonomic desk chairs to the timeless executive choice, offers an insight into the various interpretations of the office chair over time, as expressed by each designer.

 

Supporto executive chair >>
1979
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An iconic chair that was one of the first office chairs designed with strict ergonomic principle, the Supporto executive chair still continues to remain as relevant as it did when first launched in 1979. Presenting quintessential British design, the chair by Fred Scott highlights his innovative work at the time in recognising the basic requirements he wanted to gain from each product and piece of furniture. Supporto is made from a die-cast aluminium frame with either a polished or painted finish. The definitive design of the backrest is made from injection-moulded CMHR foam that offers full support, whilst the swivel base with castors also comes with height adjustment. The Supporto is the original chair that influenced office seating later, making it a design that will never look out of place in a modern office.

 

Rolling frame executive chair >>
1992
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The Rolling frame chair, designed by Alberto Meda, offers effortless comfort with fully integrated functions allowing the user to focus on other, more important tasks. A significant feature of the Rolling frame executive chair is the extruded aluminium profile structure, giving the chair a lightweight appearance, that is supplemented by a mesh seat and backrest. This structural form adds a certain elegant appeal, making it a favourable choice for executive offices. Here, we present two base options; a five-star swivel base with castors and a four-star swivel base with gliders. These two options can be applied for optimised use in either meeting rooms, or private offices.

 

Masai office chair >>
2001
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A combination of meticulous attention to the design and muted elegance, the Masai office chair offers an appealing choice for the modern workplace. The chair comes from the Spanish design studio Lievore Altherr Molina, spearheaded by creative partners Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina. The Masai chair is manufactured from a rotation-moulded polyethylene frame that features a slight angle in the backrest for enhanced comfort. The soft and inviting seat can be finished with upholstery options from a choice of three materials; soft leather, wool fabric or vinyl. The full swivel base is made from robust aluminium and the chair can be supplied with a returning mechanism allowing it to return to the correct position when not in use. Ideal for conference rooms, meeting rooms and reception areas, this is chair with versatile use.

 

Soft task chair >>
2010
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Imagine a chair designed to each specific requirement of its user, presenting the latest in ergonomic seating and modern aesthetic style. All this and more is found in the Soft task chair, designed through a comprehensive study into the movement of a chair called the FlowMotion mechanism. According to the user’s body weight and sitting position, the Soft task chair tilts backwards and forwards in a range of ways, supporting both spine and lower back muscles throughout. This highly variable design comes from ingenious designer Antonio Citterio, who’s other well known products include the Vivavis cantilever chair and the Trim task chair, which we recently featured on the blog. The fully upholstered seat comes in a range of fabric colours and a choice of soft or hard carpets for different floors. The Soft task chair is another great example of well designed office seating that presents a contemporary style for demanding workplaces.

 

Ester desk chair >>
2013
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From timeless designs to a modern chair with inspiration from retro form, the Ester desk chair offers a sophisticated choice for the modern workplace, providing a certain poise that exudes comfort. French designer Patrick Jouin introduces the Ester chair range to open up the selection of choices when it comes to office seating. The unconventional form of the seat is to allow for heightened comfort when in use in a meeting room or executive office setting. The soft leather or fabric upholstery comes in a selection of colours to match a range of interior styles.