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Office chairs

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today has been a day of history lessons at the homify office. What was a little known fact to most of us until earlier is that legendary naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin came up with the idea of the swivel office chair! Yes, it's true! The original concept was to put wheels on the base of his chair so that he could access his specimens easier during scientific experiments. As with any modern product, the main idea is to increase the productivity of your employees, so, with the advent of the rail system in the 19th century, and the growing need for administrative staff, businesses needed to shift toward the idea of having a collective space for all their employees. Once upon a time, businesses had no need for accountants, HR managers, and book keepers, so office numbers were kept to a bare minimum. Nowadays, with our growing requirement for staff safety and organisation, it is essential to have a space to house all these workers. And therefore, the office was born!

With this fascinating piece of history out the way, we are going to explore some non-traditional forms of office and swivel chairs to add a point of difference to your work space. Modern design and ergonomics means we have access to a huge range of both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable chairs. So, why not have something a little left of centre to support your back and spine for those nine hours a day!

Classic capers

If a modern office space does not mesh with you or your environment, then it is perfectly acceptable for you to choose a style that suits you and your personality. If you decide not to choose a chair designed with your spinal comfort in mind, ensure the fabric and construction is sturdy and that the back of the chair supports your back and neck. With these factors in mind, you have the freedom and creative license to choose whichever chair matches the décor of your home or the office space you have envisaged. In this example, this Victorian chair is upholstered beautifully in brown leather and a finely striped fabric. This style moulds in perfectly with its surroundings creating a uniform and warm ambience. 

Modern muse

Everyone advertises ergonomics as the buzz word or phrase for selling office chairs. Full neck, back and arm support are offered in this contemporary leather chair, with the added bonus of a matching foot stool. Somehow, being able to put your feet up whilst you work, makes you feel instantly more at ease. Whether or not it makes you more productive is questionable, but it surely helps to take the stress away from your back by distributing the weight a little more evenly. And of course, if you are in an office on your own, this chair is the perfect facilitator for a cheeky after lunch nap!

Steely gaze

Realistically, you want an office chair that suits you and your space. If the area is confined, like pictured, you won't necessarily have the room for those scientific and space-age looking chairs. A simple, yet wonderful example of modern design may be all your require to finish your office space off accordingly. As mentioned earlier, if you are confident the chair you have chosen offers enough support to your back while you work, then you have the opportunity to choose whatever style your heart desires.

Buckets of fun

 Study/office by Equipe Ceramicas
Equipe Ceramicas

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Equipe Ceramicas

The Eames chair, pictured, was designed with human comfort and functionality in mind. Aside from being easy to produce and a cost effective option, the plastic body of the chair is easy to maintain, light and acts as a great support for your back. The modern era gave birth to many fantastic furniture design options, all with function to be considered before overall form. This meant that the purpose of the chair, to sit, needed to be considered before any other factor. It is thanks to this methodology that ergonomic office chairs became so important in major design circles. And, you cannot doubt that it looks stunning placed within the confines of this minimalist styled room.

The big guns

With adjustable head, arm rests and height, you cannot overlook the purpose of the classically shaped office chair. As with all our homify articles, we take aesthetics pretty seriously. An office chair need not be boring and ugly, in fact, the simplicity of the shape allows for a greater freedom and thought process from designers to create a chair that fulfils all the traditional requirements, yet looks visually pleasing. The slight curve in the nape of the chair resembles the curves of a buxom woman. A minor, yet important detail in the appeal of this contemporary office chair. 


This particular office chair has cheekily employed the necessary elements of ergonomics, whilst looking timeless and classic. If you were fortunate enough to inherit a beautiful old desk from your parents or grandparents, you definitely do not want to ruin the appeal by adding a modern feature that simply doesn't belong. Here, you can see how the back of the user is supported, with the cut out adding a point of difference in an area that does not traditionally require support. The arms of the user are also supported with the swoop in the design. A wonderful hidden gem of comfort and elegance. 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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