October 1, 2014

Executive Lifestyles

Office Chairs, Furniture with Style

When it comes to form and function, the office chair has come a long way. The award-winning Aeron chair, introduced in 1994, raised the bar in office comfort. Today, the design classic has some innovative company.

Aeron

A classic in contemporary design, it’s still popular and has undergone some modifications over the years. An Aeron workstool was introduced a year ago.

    Honor: Permanent feature in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art design collection

    Designers: Donald Chadwick and William Stumpf

    Manufacturer: Herman Miller

    Suggested retail: $949 to $999




freedom chair

Freedom

Introduced in 1999, it made its mark by being simpler to operate. The chair employs internal mechanisms that respond to a user’s movements, eliminating many of the knobs and levers that are typical with ergonomic chairs.

    Honor: National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum

    Designer: Nils Diffrient

    Manufacturer: Humanscale

    Suggested retail: $898 to $1,198




Sguig

Sguig Chairs

Nine years in R&D, this latest from Canadian family-run Keilhauer has a spring in its base that allows you to tilt and pivot. It’s also got Keilhauer’s newly patented Pelvic Balance Point technology and full range of shoulder motion design. Available in 12 colors and three fabric patterns, including a squiggle. First introduced in 2006, the newest version comes out in February.

    Honor: Neocon Innovation Award

    Designers: Martin

    Borgmann, Gernot Bohmann, Harald Grundl

    Manufacturer: Keilhauer

    Suggested retail: $1,195




Quantum Mesh Chair

Office Depot’s own widely popular version of the Aeron

Suggested retail: $350 to $399

New this month: The newest version comes in three new colors — blue, red and green — and is sold, of course, at Office Depot stores and online.


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