Moving and shaking into this new normal is not something anyone could have prepared for, so we’re trying not to sweat it. But if we could have known we’d be at home ad infinitum, we would have doublechecked we had a designated chair to spend 8+ hours at. Though the novelty of moving around 16 times a day into a new contortion on every possible piece of seating in our homes is entertaining, it’s not practical. For us or for anyone who’s trying to keep their spine aligned and brain happy.
So we thought what better to write about this week than nine of our favorite chairs for a home office or studio, wherever you need that go-to chair.
Let’s dive in
Kicking it off with sourcing the most classic form of a task chair, Herman Miller takes the cake. Like seemingly everyone, we’re fans of the Aeron, but the Sayl Chair is also up there for us, both providing HM’s PostureTilt technology to make sure the pelvis is at its natural forward tilt (lamens terms, they’re extremely supportive). Mesh backing on both of these task chairs also helps with temperature regulation in case you run hot.
A more streamlined take on the traditional task-chair-look is an Arne Jacobsen design from 1965 called the Oxford Classic Armchair, which comes in a bunch of variations. If you’re looking to stay in the world of Danes, a similar aesthetic that’s more petite is the Pato Office Chair designed by Welling/Ludvik for Fredericia, the work version of the beloved Pato Chair.
And if task chair functionality appeals to you but you want that tub style seat, the Radius Task Chair by Gus* Modern is a sustainably-designed and upholstered favorite. But for more base options our choice would be the Fiber Armchair whose base comes in tube, sled, wood, AND swivel. The Fiber could also be pulled into your dining room for extra seating as it helps bridge work and play.
Other versatile chairs that happen to be classics and modern staples in the Midcentury scene are the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair and the Saarinen Executive Chair. They’re simple, sculptural options that will never go out of style. And fans of a unique silhouette, two fun designs for you are the Masculo Meeting Chair where Italian and Danish design collide, and the Catch Swivel Armchair designed to embrace with Jaime Hayon’s whimsical nature.
- Aeron Chair
- Masculo Dining Chair
- Oxford Classic Armchair
- Saarinen Executive Chair
- Fiber Armchair
- Catch Swivel Chair
- Radius Task Chair
- Pato Office Armchair
- Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair