Traditional seating vs. #ActiveSitting


One can write a million articles and present a million medical facts, but sometimes the best thing to do is to share a simple image explaining why you should choose a Varier chair over traditional seating. When Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik presented the Variable Balans to the world more than 30 years ago, his aim was to revolutionize the way that we sat. His designs are now classic designs and the Variable Balans has changed the lives of many. I think it’s time the world got a bit of a refresher. In 2013 back pains are becoming even more chronic and a sedentary lifestyle has in fact proven to be cutting years from peoples lives. Why is this?


For one thing, the world has become even more sedentary. Many professions have become digitized and people are spending more time on their bottoms than they ever have. Health-nuts who have realized the deadly effects of this new and digitized lifestyle have taken drastic measures to change their lives, some even installing treadmills in front of their work-desks. For us, the answer has been there all along. Our solution to the chronic back pains and illnesses linked to the world of eight-hour office days and too many lazy hours in front of the television has been the concept of Active Sitting.  Although we applaud peoples inventiveness in trying to fight sedentary sicknesses through treadmills and standing desks the answer is a lot simpler and a lot more feasible long-term than running in front your computer or straining your joints through standing continuously for eight odd hours.


Peter Opsvik believes that “the best sitting position is always the next”. This means that the chair should constantly coax you into a new sitting position as well as encourage the body to move as the rocking chair has done since the early 18th century. Peter Opsvik also soon found out that the best position to sit in is a position that does not strain the spine, but instead aligns the spine in the same natural position that it is in while a person is standing. It is from these findings that his now iconic designs like the Gravity Balans and Variable Balans were born.


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The traditional rocking chair and the Gravity Balans

photo credit Varier

More than 30 years ago, in a little country in the far North called Norway, Peter Opsvik designed ergonomic chairs that are unrivaled to this day. For this he gained international acclaim and a cult following from interior architects and back-pain sufferers alike. Today the whole Varier brand is built on his groundbreaking findings and his designs form the backbone of Variers design philosophy.

Varier’s collection of chairs feature saddle seats, tilting mechanisms, and ease of movement in the form of office chairs, dining chairs and recliners. Through this blog we feature them all through images and informative texts. If you are suffering from back pains or understand the importance of fighting “Sitting Disease” (a current buzz-word for a sedentary lifestyle that puts your life at risk) then please bookmark us! We have so much more to share.

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