The Next Position: The Chairs of Peter Opsvik

Posted on November 16. 2017

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The Next Position: The Chairs of Peter Opsvik

When a few of our chairs popped up in the trendy architecture and design magazine, PIN-UP, based in New York this year, we decided to dedicate a blog post to our chairs by Norwegian designer, Peter Opsvik.

The designs by Peter Opsvik have challenged the idea of sitting since the 1970s. His chairs incorporate the idea of giving the human body the freedom to move, as opposed to conventional products that force a certain position and posture onto its user. Following his principal “the next position is always the best,” Opsvik created a variety of chairs that follow the body’s natural movement and therefore encourage a healthy relationship with the chair.

See our three most popular chairs designed by Peter Opsvik

Variable balans (first introduced in 1979)

Variable’s unique design and functionality makes it an icon that is instantly recognizable. Throughout its 40 years of history, the gentle tilting motion and open angle sitting posture has remained constant. The sophisticated kneeling design provides optimal comfort while gently switching between kneeling and the more traditional posture. The Variable fits in nicely with all interiors, especially accompanied with a desk.

Actulum (first introduced in 1995)

The pendulum movement of the Actulum makes it an all-rounder chair for work, dining and leisure. Inspired by the comfort of recliners, the designer created a chair for any table or desk that provides optimal flow and relaxation. The wooden runners follow your body’s natural movements, while the flexible joint of the backrest lets you lean backwards effortlessly. This subtle activity strengthens core muscles and prevents tension in neck and shoulders.

Gravity (first introduced in 1983)

Experience ultimate relaxation and weightlessness with the Gravity. The design classic supports your back and neck while continuously promoting flow and movement in countless positions. Fully reclined, the Gravity elevates your legs above your heart, and rocks gently to the rhythm of your breathing. Leaning forward, it can be used as a kneeling chair. This unique combination makes it the ideal chair for the contemporary home and work environment.


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