Seating: Where Modern Meets Mood

With home offices continuing to boom, plenty of employees are seeking seating solutions that adapt to spaces where kitchen tables have been turned into desks and dining areas into video-conferencing suites.

Eighty Two | Allseating

The name looks back – a homage to the company’s 40th anniversary, founded in 1982 – but the materials look forward to a need for cost-effective home office furniture, with a variety of customizable options including colours with ‘80s names (Mixtape, New Wave, Arcade and Stardust), three different arm types, an adjustable width bracket, headrest and seat slider, and the newly launched M11 Mesh.

Circus Wood | EDITS

This new collection from the Vancouver-based furniture design brand is a contemporary take on the archetypal Scandinavian wood chair. The solid-wood frame and plywood seat and backrest are made with sustainability in mind: the European Ash used comes from FSC-certified sustainably managed forests in Eastern Europe, all lacquers and glues give no VOC emissions and are entirely non-toxic, and the collection is BIFMA compliant.

Marina | Andreu World

Working from home can often come with the joys of transitioning to the patio, and chairs like this are ready when you do. Its comfort-oriented braided backrest and upholstered cushion on a tubular metallic frame can be easily disassembled when it comes time to recycle, and the components come in a range of colour options.

Bitsi | Division Twelve

Yes, as in “itsy-bitsy.” Designed by Los Angeles-based EARL, the small footprint and cylindrical, cushioned backrest of the café, bar stool and counter stool models make them ideal for anyone trying to find a way to work in a 500-sq.-ft. condo.

Liberty Ocean | Humanscale

Building on its Smart Ocean chair, Humanscale has designed a new version of the Liberty that uses two pounds of recycled fishing nets and meets other stringent environmental protocols while also improving on functionality such as self-adjusting recline, pivoting backrest; form-sensing mesh back; self- adjusting lumbar support; and adjustable or fixed armrests that connect to the backrest instead of the seat to stay with the body during recline.

Kinesit Met | Arper

Launched at Salone del Mobile and NeoCon, designer Lievore Altherr Molina has given the company’s first regulatory-compliant office chair a colour palette refresh for 2022. Built-in mechanisms are hidden under the seat, and an invisible, adjustable lumbar support is concealed within the backrest’s thin frame for additional flexibility.

Cross Chair | TAKT

This new entry by Pearson Lloyd is an evolution of TAKT’s flagship furniture family that continues to embody the Scandinavian design principles of craft, simplicity and elegance in a design that was circular from the start: sustainable to produce, made to last, easy to assemble from flatpack, and properly repairable and recyclable. Available in two heights (to suit kitchen or bar counter), with frames in either oak or black recyclable steel, the eponymous cross structure beneath the seat is now optimized for bar-stool scale.

 Cross Table 120 | TAKT

With everything in the home now doing double duty, TAKT asked Pearson Lloyd to take another look at their existing design for the flagship Cross table collection, and thanks to a simple intervention this piece of furniture can now shift from working desk to dining table for up to six people. That intervention? A single oak stretcher that separates the two sets of legs, elongating the ‘cross’ that gives the collection its name and allowing the structure to support the larger tabletop.