Since 1979, Varier Furniture have led the way in innovation within their field and inspired creativity in workspaces and homes across the world. Varier believes that one can live healthier and more sustainable lives by being in balance. Being in balance means a mixture of stability and movement. The versatile collection of chairs reflect commitment to human-centred design, focusing on people’s needs as a starting point. Simply put, we bring colour, play and function to ergonomics.
Varier's chairs have been meticulously designed in close collaboration with some of the most tradition-breaking and unafraid Scandinavian designers, including Opsvik, Øie, Ekstrøm, Salto and Sigsgaard, who have been widely recognised for their positive effects on health. Peter Opsvik took furniture design and turned it upside down in the 1970s. He was an ambassador of the revolutionary balans®concept, which first introduced this new generation of Norwegian designers to new forms of sitting that allowed for kneeling, tilting forward, open hip positions and for overall greater corporal mobility. To Opsvik, the true enemy of the body, and of life, was monotony. He observed that holding the most highly recommended sitting position for too long could easily become exhausting for the body. To him, variation was the remedy for monotony and freedom of movement meant responding to our body’s most natural instinct. He proposed that there was not a single perfect posture, but rather that there were many optimal ones. He designed pieces that were dynamic and allowed us to alternate between these different optimal positions. Opsvik’s approach to design is humanistic and holistic, it listens to our bodies, it supports us while giving us freedom and it aims to elongate our lives and that of the environment. That is the foundation of how we look at ergonomic design.