Product name designer tagline Wing

Wing™

Combining movement with mobility
Peter Opsvik, 1984

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Wing is a special exception to the Varier collection being the only kneeling chair with wheels. Designed in the early 80s, shortly after the Variable, the Wing has the same kneeling concept, but with an upgraded rock and roll. It gives you the option to glide effortlessly as you sit on the cloud-like cushions. The special design and functionality evokes sensibility, you can use it in any work space and as a primary work chair. 

Peter Opsvik
designer 

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

The balans® concept 

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. 

  • Measurements

    Chair Measurement:

    W 58 cm x D 58 cm x H 52-72 cm

    Box Measurement:

    H 27 cm x L 68,5 cm x W 62 cm

    Weight incl box:

    9,8 kg

  • Materials

    Wing features a curved component of moulded ply wood which is designed for attaining natural movement. While the seat and kneepads are integrated into the base, ensuring stability. Carefully selected foam is covered by top of the line upholstery to make your chair last for generations. 

  • Fabrics
    REVIVE - 100% Recycled PolyesterFAME - 95% Wools of New Zealand, 5% PolyamideLEATHER - Semi-aniline with light finishUMAMI - 90% New wool (worsted), 10% NylonBREEZE FUSION - 88% Wools of New Zealand, 12% PolyamideHALLINGDAL - 70% New Wool, 30% ViscoseDINAMICA - 88% Polyester, 12% PolyurethaneSTEELCUT TRIO 3 - 90% Wool, 10% NylonFOREST NAP - 95% New Wool, 5% NylonDOLCE - 100% Rayon
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