“Our bodies are made to move”
It was precisely this basic concept that prompted the Norwegian industrial designer Peter Opsvik to begin questioning, as early as 1979, the notion that there is only one correct sitting posture. In Opsvik’s view, our bodies intuitively seek the ideal sitting position, with the consequence that the best sitting position is always the next one – and it is this freedom of movement that defines all of his designs.
Changes in position are the result of natural and intuitive movements that improve our feeling of wellbeing.
In 1979, Opsvik designed Variable™ balans®, the first chair to successfully challenge conventional sitting habits. Today it is an icon, and one of the most famous ergonomic chairs.
The Variable chair gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic and upright position for the spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine upright and the body balanced. This strengthens them and contributes to preventing back and shoulder tension.
The angle between the upper and lower body increases, improving circulation. When the body moves from an active to a relaxed posture, the flexible runners respond with a gentle pendular motion. The optional backrest offers additional support, if necessary.