Office environments may be in the midst of some big transformations, but one thing remains the same: office workers still need a reliable desk chair to see them through the workday. Here are four new standouts in a full range of silhouettes.
A modern retelling of the classic Shaker style, this swivel-based version contrasts a solid wood back and arms with a leather or fabric upholstered seat, adding warmth to the simple design. The castor base with pneumatic lift can be black or chrome, and the upper portion is offered in a natural finish or a range of standard stains. Shaker is also available as a guest chair atop a wooden base with three or four legs, or as a four-legged metal tube base. nienkamper.com
As with all seven iterations in the Dela family of seating, the task chair is defined by its tubular recyclable steel frame, which in this case wraps around the back to seamlessly form the armrests. A subtle nod to both Bauhaus and minimalism, the fully upholstered seat can be detailed with cording or tufting and comes in a variety of colourways — from playful to refined — for both the fabric and powder-coat options. stylexseating.com
With a weight-activated mechanism that responds to body movements, a lightweight and flexible frame, and a proprietary performance mesh textile that creates a consistent tension, the Steelcase Karman task chair takes comfort to another level. Upping its versatility are more than a dozen translucent, opaque and gradated colourways for the mesh portions; these can be paired with multiple finish options for the structure, permitting numerous monochrome or mixed colourway combinations. steelcase.com
Now offered with copper, anthracite and light grey metallic finish options for its armrests and a host of equally nuanced upholstery colourways, Kinesis Met by Barcelona-based Lievore + Altherr D.sile Park takes on a sophisticated expression suitable for both private home offices and shared workspaces. Mechanisms still neatly concealed under the seat and adjustable lumbar support integrated into the backrest allow for personalized comfort and flexibility. arper.com
Designers prepare for the big return to the office by introducing a strong selection of sophisticated task chairs.