We often underestimate the importance of a good chair! When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting in chairs, whether we’re working in our home office, enjoying a meal, or just sitting and reading a book for leisure! Therefore, this piece of furniture should be not only comfortable, but also ergonomic and aesthetic. And we’ve curated a collection of chair designs that meet all of these criteria! From a modular chair that converts into a small workspace to a durable 3D printed chair – these innovative chair designs are not only a boon for your back and help you maintain healthy posture, but are also very comfortable to sink into and will perfectly match the interiors of your modern homes. Enjoy!
Industrial design student Andrew Chang set out to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions like a traditional office chair, only to break down into pieces that provide a small workspace while on the go. In its initial form, D-Tach comes in the form of a completely intact stool, with leather cushions and a backrest. When designing D-Tach, Chang changed the traditional shape of a stool to better suit the dual function of his stool. Describing this choice, Chang explains, “I changed the traditional stool stand to a circular stand [shaped] support. This gives more leg room when using the stand as a table.
In designing their own interpretation of the classic lounge chair called Konvergence, Paris-based designer and manufacturer Emmanuel Hugnot turned to 3D printing to produce a central node from which eight wooden slats protrude to define and support the shape of a fully formed chair. Konvergence’s central node resembles the shape of a ball joint connector from LEGO kits. Retaining a total of eight end sockets, the central node functions as the cornerstone of the chair, providing the bridge for all additional Konvergence components to connect. Relying on common beech to produce the eight wooden slats, Hugnot opted for the glossy-textured wood for its stiffness and current abundance in European forests.
3. The sycamore chair
The Sycamore Chair, meticulously carved from maple wood by Japanese artist Masaki Kondo, sports a rather non-functional design that falls more into the latter half of the design-to-art spectrum. The chair’s mythical borderline design (it’s a stool, technically) has three organic legs that make the piece appear to be kneeling, with the two rear legs sporting massive wings that emanate outward, like an archangel. Sit on the sycamore and it looks like you’ve magically sprouted wings!
4. The Affordable Chair
Korean designer June Woo Lee imagined the Afford chair to solve a number of problems concerning public chairs. Its design includes a drawer to store your personal belongings. It provides security because you no longer need to hang your bag on the chair. This will then reduce the risk of your belongings being stolen, as they are safe under the chair. The storage is easily accessible as it is a sliding drawer. You can’t just pull the drawer out from behind. First you need to pull the seat base. This step adds security because no one can just pull the drawer out from behind. There is a lock that secures the storage when a person sits on the chair.
5. The Ermis chair
It’s strange to see such a massive chair and to think that it was built using 3D printing. Something incredibly unique about the Ermis design are those horizontal print lines. First, they are absolutely massive, which makes one wonder how big the nozzle of the robotic 3D printing arm could be. Second, if you look at the side profile, the lines actually change direction, going from vertical at the front to diagonal, and finally horizontal at the top. It’s pretty hard to imagine how the designers managed to achieve this, especially since in addition to rotating the chair DURING its print, the Ermis sports a beautifully immaculate finish with little to no evidence of structural deformations. support.
6. The foldable wooden chair
Unlike any folding chairs you may have seen around, on the internet, or even on this website, this creative little number comes from Jon 117 SP, a designer based in Leon, Mexico. Simply titled the Wooden Folding Chair, the seat uses two nearly identical wooden profiles with a thick paracord weave in between to form the seat and back. Paracord does two key things – not only does it make the seat comfortable (unlike wood or metal which feels rigid), it also adds a flexible element to the seat where it folds up, allowing the chair to collapse at flat when you’re not sitting on it.
7. The azbi chair
The azbi chair is a setup that will instantly get you excited for its unique sitting position that always keeps the screen at the optimal distance to dramatically reduce body and eye strain. According to the designer, the mouse and keyboard stay exactly where you want them, providing an unprecedented ergonomic setup for people who have to work long hours on their PC. The wood construction of the hamster wheel chair configuration doesn’t promote physical fitness in any way, but it certainly gives a whole new meaning to casual work. I can imagine myself lying flat on the azbi chair with music playing.
8. The Oto Chair
The Oto Chair, or Hugging Chair, is a therapeutic piece of furniture designed for autistic people with sensory integration disorders. “As a designer, explains Alexia Audrain, you have to be in contact with the user, his environment, his daily habits and always do tests before arriving at a finished product.” Describe the process of creating a chair designed for users with autism and sensory integration disorders. Considering that 45% to 95% of people with autism have sensory integration disorders, designer Alexia Audrain designed a chair to help soothe the effects of sensory overstimulation. The Oto Chair, or Hugging Chair, aims to actively recreate the soothing sensation that accompanies being hugged or squeezed for people with autism.
9. The Invisible Chair
Student designer Lee Hyokk’s Invisible Chair is a chair constructed from and integrated with a steel fence. Fences usually require a lot of building materials to be crafted and once finalized, fences are just designs “that exist for objects other than themselves”, as Lee describes it. Hoping to incorporate more than one function into the chain link fence, Lee noticed the potential of the design. After intermittent periods of sketching and ideation, Lee took a small batch of chain-link fences and rearranged a few wires to form the silhouette of a chair.
10. The commute chair
Designer Andrew Mangelsdorf created the Commute chair. The name transport chair may give you the idea that it helps you recreate travel (perhaps it’s a variation of floo powder that transports you sitting in place), it literally helps create a barrier between your home and workspace. Designing a home office is a luxury that not everyone can afford – we often turn our bedroom into a work room and the dining table into a desk for the day. Commute allows you to mentally transform yourself by rolling up the partitions of this ingenious chair.