From tailored sofas to go-anywhere chairs, these collections by Arper, Studio TK, Coalesse, Allseating and Bernhardt Design help create spaces that maximize everyday comfort while providing ergonomic support.
French architect and designer Jean-Marie Massaud recently expanded on his Aston seating collection for Arper with a new low-back version of the original club chair. While maintaining the sophisticated minimalism of the original seat, the updated option offers generous and ergonomic comfort in a variety of settings.
The modern lounge chair encourages conversation when arranged in small groupings while also offering a semi-private cocoon for moments of solo contemplation and more private meetings. Inner components are made from post-industrial recycled plastic (without using glue) and the individual elements can be disassembled and reupholstered to extend the overall lifespan. Its four-star aluminum base can be polished or painted black and a wide range of upholstery fabrics and colourways is available. Intended for use in corporate lounges, its timeless style is also well-suited for residential spaces.
Conceived by Amsterdam-based industrial designer Khodi Feiz to bring moments of privacy in open-plan offices, the versatile Libelle collection can also be used to create collaborative set-ups at an intimate scale. The Studio TK series includes a pouffe and two lounge chairs — one with a low back and one with a privacy back — with all featuring the same steel tube pedestal base.
The tall, mesh back of the privacy version offers seclusion for the user without visually obstructing the office landscape; the 3D mesh is available in eleven colourways, and both lounge chairs can be customized in coordinating or contrasting hues and fabrics. An optional tablet arm (with either a laminate or veneer surface) can be added on either the right or left side of all three elements and the bases can be non-swivel or auto-return. Laidback yet refined, Libelle makes a flexible addition to office environments.
Blending residential comfort with the durability required for busy contract and hospitality spaces, Canadian industrial designer Todd Yetman’s Watson collection for Allseating is defined by its tailored craftmanship and effortless elegance — inspired by bespoke British menswear, the sofa, loveseat, club chair and benching options feature a tuxedo-style outer shell with intricate stitching and piping details.
Together, the signature squared-edges and tapered, birch wood legs (in dark, medium and light finishes) create a streamlined frame for the pillow-like, multi-density foam cushions, which can be upholstered in a wide range of single or dual fabrics, including solid neutrals and eye-catching graphic patterns. At once formal and relaxed, the series bolsters both wellness and productivity in lobbies, lounges, and collaborative areas, among other spaces.
Able to go anywhere at anytime, the Automatic chair by American multidisciplinary designer Cory Grosser was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source — the philosophizing Peanuts character Linus, or, more specifically, his ever-present security blanket. Lightweight and super soft, the Bernhardt Design seat features an integrated pull strap (in fabric or leather) and spring-loaded, self-locking castors that make it easy to transport wherever a seat may be needed.
Generous in scale and defined by rounded edges, Automatic is made with a moulded foam double shell, which can be upholstered to match or contrast the interior cushions and pull strap. Ideal for open spaces, the chair’s welcoming design can be easily be moved to a quiet corner or arranged in groupings, efficiently balancing both individual and communal seating needs.
Characterized by tailored detailing and a relaxed expression, the Marien152 collection by Coalesse has been bolstered by two new additions — a lounge chair and a stool — that increase its overall adaptability. Created in collaboration with Paris-based multidisciplinary artist and designer Arik Levy, the series is deliberately residential in appearance but robust enough for everyday use in work environments.
The series’ signature is its fixed back cushion that looks like a soft, loose throw pillow but offers structural support with built-in flexibility. Levy scaled the overall proportions of the Marien152 lounge chair to create an inviting perch in lounges, ancillary spaces, break-out zones and any other place that requires both a comfortable and focused environment. Each piece in the collection is offered in a range of upholstery fabrics and leathers, as well as in a selection of wood and metal frames.
With shapely lines and generous cushioning, these seating options strike a balance between residential style and commercial needs.