With its concave backrest and curved wooden runners, Thatsit creates balance in all postures. Whether at home or in the office, Thatsit is an ideal work chair and is designed for seamless transitions between different positions. The chair invites you to lean in when focusing on a task or lean back when contemplating your next great idea. Thatsit is adjustable, allowing you to find the setting that best supports you.
Balance in all postures
Acting as an advancement on the iconic Variable, Thatsit features a wider seat, a fixed backrest, adjustable in both height and depth, in addition to adjustable shin rests. The characteristic winged back is a perfect spot to rest your elbow or turn all the way around and lean your torso against it for variation and new perspectives.
Thatsit is available in a natural or black finish, and a wide range of upholstery fabrics and colors. The wooden runners are made from layers of beech and ash plywood, which are laminated and given their characteristic shape through the application of heat and pressure. This traditional wood-working technique allows for extreme shapes that endure continuous pressure. Enabling us to craft functional furniture based on creative designs, without the constraints warranted when using solid wood. The seat, back- and shin rests are molded to provide optimal comfort. Ensuring a seating experience that is both supportive and dynamic.
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.
Designs: Variable, Gravity, Thatsit, Multi, Wing and Actulum
At the very beginning of 1976 Hans Christian Mengshoel (1946) initiated a study that set out to answer how we could sit in more balanced and ergonomic ways. Through observation and research, Mengshoel found that a seat which was tilted slightly forward, encouraged a natural posture which provided greater mobility and relieved unwanted pressure while seated. The idea of shin support was introduced to keep the user from sliding off the seat while simultaneously maintaining an open hip angle. With this, Mengshoel initiated the concept of the kneeling posture in Norway and set the mark for a truly experimental time in Norwegian design history.
Mengshoel invited designers Oddvin Rykken, Peter Opsvik and Svein Gusrud to design products based on the novel balans concept. The collaboration resulted in several experimental designs, where stereotypical views of sitting and seating where abandoned. A collection of balans prototypes were displayed at the 1979 Scandinavian Furniture Fair in Copenhagen, where they received significant attention. In 1984 the three designers and Mengshoel were awarded the Jacob Prize, the highest recognition granted to designers, architects and artists in Norway, for their original contributions.