Peter Opsvik, 1979

Variable™ is an instantly recognizable design icon. First introduced at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair in Copenhagen in 1979, Variable™ was one of the first prototypes derived from the balans concept. As its name suggests, the chair allows for variation between different positions.

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The embedded movements of Variable™

The chairs curved runners allow for gentle rocking motions while a tilted seat enables an open hip angle. The two cushions beneath the seat can be used to rest your shins, one foot, both or neither by placing your feet on the ground. You can also turn around or sit sideways if you so please.

Chair Measurement:

W 52 cm x D 72 cm x H 51 cm

Box Measurement:

H 10,5 cm x L 73,2 cm x W 54 cm

Weight incl box:

6,3 kg

Variable™ is made from beech plywood. The plywood is treated through an iterative molding process where several veneer layers are combined and glued. Through the application of combined heat and pressure, the layers are given their characteristic shape. All wooden parts are flexible and strong, ensuring a sitting experience that is never static. For a beautiful and durable finish, our plywood is covered with an ash top veneer, manually sanded and coated with water-based lacquers.

  • Variable™ is intended for use by standard height tables.
  • Home office, Office, Work space

Peter Opsvik

Peter Opsvik is a Norwegian industrial designer born in 1939, trained at the Bergen College of Applied Art and the Norwegian State College of Applied Art in Oslo. Opsvik has worked as a freelance industrial designer since 1970, and currently has his own design studio in Oslo, where he works with seven colleagues focusing on product design as a mean for solving real-life problems. Throughout his career, Opsvik has attempted to overcome our stereotypical sitting habits with his unconventional seating solutions. With a playful and human starting point, his work is a display of how norms of sitting nicely and sitting still can be broken.

With its curved runners, Variable™ encourages subtle movements. Shift between positions and find the ideal balance point for your body.

Grounded in a color concept that reflects our commitment to everyday movement, the Varier textile collection is comprised of fabrics of unparalleled quality, curated by Snøhetta supplied by Kvadrat.

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