To be honest, we have never been the biggest fans of highly complicated and overly engineered office chairs. The ubiquitous Aeron chair has never been spyed at lifeiscarbon® and given a choice we would be happy to settle comfortably on an Eames Soft Pad or to perch painfully on a Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen. That said, every now and then a chair comes along that seems to strike the right balance between ergonomic comfort and understated looks. The newly released SoFi from HÅG seems strikes just that balance.
SoFi was the result of a collaboration between two Norwegian design companies, Frost Produkt and PowerDesign, together with the producer Scandinavian Business Seating. Interestingly, and somewhat unusually, particular emphasis has been put into the rear of the chair. Whilst unimportant to the actual user, the rear of the chair is often the main viewing angle in most modern office environments. The main form of the back has therefore been given a friendly, human-like, silhouette which partly encloses and protects the user whilst totally disguising the technical solutions without compromising their functionality. Any office chair that doesn´t look like a creature from Aliens gets our vote.
Follow the link to take a look at the new HÅG SoFi by Frost Produkt and PowerDesign: