Variable™ : 1979
Variable™ Plus (Fixed backrest): 2021
Brand / Licensee:
Varier Furniture, 2006-
As the name "Variable" indicates, it is of primary importance that the chair inspires movement and variation and emphasises that the kneeling posture is one of many. The curved rail tilts the chair forward and backwards from the normal position.
The two separate shin support facilitate switching among different positions. It is especially when a person has activities on the table in front of him that this concept has an advantage over traditional chairs. Like with all other chairs, it is important t use it actively, changing sitting angle and sitting position.
Variable may be the chair for conscious users who like to sit "actively", finding the proper equilibrium for the upper body and head. By sitting "actively", users can strengthen their back and abdominal muscles.
Sitting actively, the kneeling posture is one of many
The shin support enable a more forward sloping seat angle, which in turn gives the sitter a better posture for the back.
The primary function of the shin rests are to prevent the sitter from sliding forward off the seat when the chair is tilted forwards towards the table. Some of the wight bears on the shins (not the knees) but most of the weight remains on the buttocks.
The only modification made to this product since its inception has been adding a hole, enabling mounting a backrest on the chair. One may ask: What is the function of the backrest on a chair like this? The answer is simple: The more variations in sitting postures that are attainable on a chair, the better.
The term sustainability did not exist in the 1960 and 70s. However, Peter Opsvik has always wanted to create products that should have the opportunity for a long life. All his products from that time used wood as a main structure and one reasons for this is that wood is a renewable material.
Most of his products has introduced an unconventional functional solution and naturally enough, have ended up with a distinctive visual form. Such products may experience longevity without being outdated because they avoid following the patterns of short-term trends and fashions.
This product may be used at a table with standard “work height” (approximately 72 cm), either at home or in the office.