The perfect OFFICE chair

Written by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi
Illustration by Diego Soprana

Week 38

This year at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile, Italian designer Michele De Lucchi opened an exhibition dedicated to design and technology for planning workspaces with his innovative installation “La Passeggiata” (The Walk), which enabled visitors to seek new ideas and inspiration for the work environ
Spanish product design consulting and art direction firm, Lievore Altherr Molina,
proposed a new arrangement of office seats for Arper.
Kinesit is the first office chair launched by the Italian company (from Treviso) that picked up a number of awards including the iF Gold Award 2015 — Innovationspreis Architektur + Office.
The thin structure of the chair conceals an invisible, adjustable lumbar support within the backrest’s frame to give additional flexibility and comfort. The chair features a built-in mechanism hidden discreetly under the seat that provides synchronized movement and seat height command. This approach is entirely different to that of Dutch designer, Léon de Lange, who collaborates with Dutch design studio Prooff to experiment with different ways one can interpret the office space. He commences by considering usability of the space and the interaction between furniture and int
eriors. The accessories designed by De Lange are conceived to act as an extension of the human body,
with comfortable support and ergonomic seating. The elements allow the space to be shaped in non-traditional, flexible configurations.
Since 2011, Vitra, in collaboration with Dutch fashion brand G-Star RAW, joined forces to launch Prouvé RAW, their first crossover collection, which is inspired by French designer’s Jean Prouvé’s original technical designs that embody the principle of structural necessity and poetics. Vitra has adapted the designer’s furnishings to meet today’s office needs, while teaming up with art directors at G-Star to cultivate colours and details.

Exclusive furnishings made of steel and solid wood bear witness to a bygone industrial age. Until the end of 2016, special editions of the furniture and lighting in the Prouvé RAW Office Edition will be available. In the must have list, you can’t go past the minimal Petite Potence wall light, which has been reduced to its essential elements, the slender armchair Fauteuil de Salon Haut or the elegant Bureau Métallique desk with its integrated work storage space.

Uncino armchair/Image © Matiazzi

Knowledge in woodwork and craftsmanship has allowed for masterpieces to be made as part of the Uncino office collection, designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Matiazzi. Their originality is due to the designer’s ability to create unique structural elements that blend wood and metallic form, with a mix of textures and colours. Although the chairs comfort is debatable, it is undeniable that the seat’s curvature and skeleton of metal support is the epitome of elegance.