We are dedicated to providing the ultimate sitting experience. We are driven by our passion to effect a global change from passive sitting to movement through sitting.
Through the unique combination of progressive design and ergonomics, Varier chairs give freedom of movement to the body – just like nature intended.
We are forward-thinking. We challenge perceptions of how people should sit. We challenge you.
Jesper B. Petersen, CEO
The first chair to successfully challenge conventional sitting habits, Variable™ balans® set new standards in chair design and functionality when it came to market in 1979.
Designed by Peter Opsvik, Variable balans inspires movement. It’s the iconic kneeling chair.
A Norwegian industrial designer, Opsvik questioned the notion that there is just one correct sitting posture. Unlike his peers, Opsvik believed that our body intuitively seeks the ideal sitting position – the next position is always the best – and it’s this freedom of movement that defines Opsvik’s designs.
The seat gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic and upright spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine upright and the body balanced, which strengthens core muscles and prevents back and shoulder tension. The angle between the upper and lower body increases, greatly improving circulation. As the body moves from an active to a relaxed posture, the flexible runners respond with a gentle pendular motion. An optional backrest provides further support, if necessary.
Founded in 2006, Varier designs and manufactures chairs that move with your body.
With roots in the Norwegian company Stokke – renowned for the Tripp Trapp high chair – Varier was formed when the ‘Movement by Stokke’ range became an independent business.
Movement is a central design element of every Varier chair. The Varier range includes iconic chairs such as the Variable™ balans®, the original kneeling chair designed by Peter Opsvik in 1979. Varier continues to work closely with leading ergonomic designers to create chairs that rethink sitting.
Based in Oslo, Norway, Varier chairs can be found in the homes, offices, clinics and educational institutions of over 40 countries around the world. With subsidiaries in Italy and Germany, and exclusive distributors in USA, Japan and South Korea, Varier maintains a strong global presence.
In Norway, it’s a prerogative to protect nature. Varier is proud to be part of a culture that invests in ethical practices that help turn profits into value for future generations.
All our suppliers meet our high quality and ecological standards:
Our chairs are tested and certified for durability, safety and strength at the Møbellaboratoriet (Furniture Laboratory) in Norway.
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Posted on February 5, 2016