Take A Seat: Chairs That Work

Last week I talked about what makes a great desk for a home office and picked three versions that qualify as good choices based on budget constraints. This week I’m going to yammer on about task chairs, offering some great choices to pair with those great desks.

For some, putting value in finding the right task chair is quite simply a frivolous exercise and they usually end up doing double-duty with a stiff kitchen chair. If you fall into this category, then I strongly advise you to take note.

Junior Chair by Keilhauer
Canadian designer Tom Deacon came out with the Junior chair for Keilhauer as a follow-up to his popular Tom chair. The Junior chair has a patented back support system that might look somewhat peculiar, but actually offers terrific unconventional comfort. Manufactured right here in Toronto, the chair is a Canadian icon that offers great value. MSRP, $685.

The Aeron Chair by Herman Miller
First introduced in 1994, the Aeron chair quickly gained notoriety as a symbol of the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. It is pretty darn comfortable and is available in a range of three sizes. The chair is easily recognizable, with a seat and back made of a stretched flexible mesh; the chair looks like it could have been commissioned for Darth Vader. The novel design has gained it a spot in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. MSRP, $849.

Eames Aluminum Management Chair
Designed by Charles and Ray Eames back in 1958, this chair looks like it could have been designed last week. The chair has a light, flowing aluminum frame with a sling seat that coddles the shape of the body just enough to be comfortable without being frumpy. The classic design has been updated with a pneumatic lift to accommodate different body types. Licensed by Herman Miller, the chair is also available though Design Within Reach. MSRP, $1,279.

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