About Varier

About Varier

Varier designs and manufactures chairs that move with your body. At the centre of movement design since 1979, we make movement an essentiel element of every chair we design.

Choose from a range of recliners, lounge chairs, desk chairs and dining chairs for adult, and children.

Choose from a range of recliners, lounge chairs, desk chairs and dining chairs for adult, and children. Tilt, turn, twist or pivot. It's natural, intuitive and great for your posture and wellbeing. Choose from a range of recliners, lounge chairs, desk chairs and dining chairs for adult, and children. Tilt, turn, twist or pivot. It's natural, intuitive and great for your posture and wellbeing.

Tilt, turn, twist or pivot. It's natural, intuitive and great for your posture and wellbeing.

About Varier

Sit down move on

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

About Varier

Rethinking sitting

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.

The Varier story

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.

Headquartered 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.

About Varier

Our Norwegian ethical compass

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:

  • Fabrics and covers are manufactured by EU Ecolabel-certified Danish and Norwegian suppliers, and made from New Zealand wool – the only wool that does not require chemical treatment during the production process
  • Microfiber is manufactured in Italy from recycled bottles and is Oeko-Tex® certified
  • Leather is aniline or semi-aniline, chrome tanned and produced without the use of PDPs or CFCs
  • Wood components are sourced from European forests, laminated for flexibility and coated with water-based, non-toxic lacquers
  • Foam is from the Norwegian supplier, Sandella. Eco-lighthouse certified, the foam is produced without the use of CFCs, flame retardants, or heavy metals.
  • Metal parts are manufactured using a low waste, energy efficient trivalent chromium plating process

Our chairs are tested and certified for durability, safety and strength at the Møbellaboratoriet (Furniture Laboratory) in Norway.

About Varier

Company facts

  • Founded in 2006
  • 90 percent of our sales are made outside of Norway
  • Our chairs are available in over 40 countries worldwide
  • We have subsidiaries in Italy and Germany and exclusive distributors in USA, Japan and South Korea
  • Some of our most iconic chairs are designed by Peter Opsvik, the Norwegian designer behind our movement philosophy
  • We work with leading furniture designers and academics to ensure the best possible sitting experience
  • We are headquarted in Oslo, Norway

Testimonials

You haven't lived until you've used one of these chairs. I so look forward to experiencing my Gravity Balans every chance I get. It's an old friend who allows me to completely let go and experience the subtle movements and shifts in my own body. And the way it opens up my spine is unlike anything I've experienced in another chair. 5-stars for sure!

Ben Kahloway

I have had this chair for a month. I got it to replace a chair I have sat in for years. My work requires me to spend hours a day facing a client and attending carefully. The change was immediate. I became aware of some ways that I was holding my neck and back that contributed to a chronic discomfort. The idea that the human body is designed to move really makes a lot more sense to me now. Even though I still spend frequent periods of an hour being present with counseling clients, the chair allows and encourages me to move and shift position frequently. Best thing I have done for my body in a long time.

Robert Beatty


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