Stylish task chairs, fight the effects of a sedentary day
ALLSTEEL ACUITY | $1,250
This chair just looks like it belongs to a boss, doesn’t it? Designed in Italy for the 101-year-old metalworking company, it comes in over 200 upholstery options, including leather slip-on covers and bright-red recycled fabrics.
The weight-triggered seat responds to body movements by automatically adjusting its relationship to the back support.
Step back, short stuff: this stately perch’s nice long back is made to support other nice long backs.
KNOLL GENERATION | $925
So confident are the makers of this classic chair that the warranty is a nice long 12 years. Recent updates cater to newfangled millennials and their tendency to sit sideways or backward while tweeting and tumblring.
The curve of the arm mimics the curve of the human back. The mesh back is extremely flexible.
All that plastic distracts from its high-class price tag. What’s the point of a $1,000 chair if nobody knows how fancy it is?
GLOBAL G20 | $985
Compact and sophisticated, this Canadian-designed task chair is more feminine than most in its class. The runners along the mesh back allow for particularly minute fine-tuning of the lumbar curve, crucial for long hours at the keyboard.
The “waterfall” seat edge—especially dreamy in leather—relieves leg pressure, which is good for knee health and overall circulation.
Every manufacturer will say that each chair fits all sizes, but the petite will be more enamoured of this seat than the tall.
STEELCASE GESTURE | $979
During a “global posture study” of 5,000 workers, Steelcase found that traditional keyboarding is virtually extinct: we’re all leaning back and texting, sitting sideways or curled up with our tablets. As such, the Gesture’s arms move a full 360 degrees to accommodate a range of seating positions.
It’s slim and streamlined to manoeuvre in a cubicle, but soft enough to sit in for hours.
The locking armrests are complicated, with a tendency to abruptly slide out of place if not properly latched.
HAG CAPISCO | $1,187
Straight out of Norway, this unusual looker is favoured by doctors due to its no-nonsense approach to back support (and the option of easily cleaned, non-PVC vinyl). Other options include a head or foot rest.
The cutout seat was designed to mimic a jockey’s saddle and encourages leg circulation.
It’s severely European: sit up straight, or else. After a couple of weeks it might feel dreamy, but initial impressions are kind of ouchy.
HERMAN MILLER EMBODY | $1,200
First released in 2008, this shapely chair has many loyal fans. Its padded seat is both cushy and breathable, while the hourglass shape encourages deeper breaths and provides enough arm room to gesticulate in meetings.
The pixel-specific back ribs adjust to support the spine through all of the day’s movements, like when you lean too far forward to squint at the screen.
Its techy appearance feel like it rolled out of a 1990s rave, but we hear they’re coming back.