DE­SIGN

Why this dap­per and unas­sum­ing of­fice chair is the new way to show your em­ploy­ees you’ve made it

Sharp - - CONTENTS - BY ERIC MUTRIE

Fi­nally — a desk chair that's less cor­po­rate and more com­fort­able.

BACK IN THE ’90S, HERMAN MILLER’S Aeron — a mega-er­gonomic desk chair with a men­ac­ingly mech­a­nis­tic sil­hou­ette — was as revered as a cor­ner of­fice. But now, with tech star­tups and free­lancer-fo­cused cowork­ing spa­ces ush­er­ing in a new era of ho­tel lobby-es­que work en­vi­ron­ments, even stiff cor­po­rate busi­nesses are in the mood for some­thing co­zier. Hence the rise of shared hot desks, so­cial lounge spa­ces, and now, soft, arm­chair-like desk seat­ing. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of this new wave of work­place seat­ing is Vi­tra’s Pa­cific chair, the brain­child of Ace Ho­tel Shored­itch de­sign­ers Bar­ber & Osgerby. With its clean, un­clut­tered pro­file, it’s meant for an era of pen­cil-thin lap­tops — not chunky CPU tow­ers. No won­der Ap­ple’s al­ready or­dered 12,000 of them for its Cu­per­tino head­quar­ters. PA­CIFIC CHAIR ($1,550) BY VI­TRA.

“WE WANTED SOME­THING CALM, THAT SITS QUI­ETLY BUT STILL OF­FERS FULL FUNC­TION. IT’S NOT A SCARY PLAS­TIC CREA­TURE.” — DE­SIGNER JAY OSGERBY

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