Professional Home

the professional home

Utilizing unspecified spaces

Today professionals’ houses used to be divided into rooms with specified functions. Today, life at home is becoming increasingly fluid. We find ourselves streaming series in the kitchen, eating in bed, and working in the living room. This behavioral shift places new demands on our homes and requires us to rethink how we furnish them.

As we enter an era where an increasing number of us work from our homes, we will be faced with improving our professional home’s working conditions, which we can do in one of several ways. One option is to prepare a dedicated workplace for specialized office furniture. Alternatively, we can furnish our professional homes with dynamic, active sitting furniture that suits the combined demands of both leisure and work.

The body’s natural needs remain the same, whether you are eating dinner or preparing a presentation for your next meeting. Reaching for a second serving by the dining table constitutes the same movement as reaching for the phone by your desk. When leaning back to stretch after enjoying a well-prepared meal, you perform the same movement as when leaning back to answer an incoming call.

By designing our furniture (namely ergonomic kneeling chairs) with active seating and movement, we desire that our products inject a bit of balance into everyday life – for both your mind and your body, at the office and in our professional home.

Read on as we explore a selection of our most versatile chairs.


The Variable Balans Monochrome Series

In Aarhus, Denmark, photographer Marianne Jacobsen often works on the Variable Balans Monochrome by her dining table. Pictured here in the Oxide colorway from the Monochrome Series. The Variable Balans kneeling chair is a beautiful addition to her harmonious space.

Pattern designer Silvia Stella Osella has a dedicated workspace corner in her airy living room. The Variable Balans kneeling chair in natural wood, upholstered in Revive from Kvadrat, fits perfectly. Adding the optional backrest provides even more flexibility, opening up for a wider range of active sitting positions.

Finding balance in the everyday norm can be difficult. Finding balance while seated, on the other hand, does not need to be. In Alessandra’s home in Milan, The Variable Balans in Stone from the Monochrome Series matches her bright blue walls.

The Monochrome starts at $449 and is ready to ship | Click here for more info


Variable Balans™

Peter Opsvik,

As the name indicates, the Variable Balans encourages active sitting variation, where the kneeling posture is one of many. The curved runners allow you to shift between positions without interrupting your creative flow seamlessly.

The Variable Balans starts at $349 and is ready to ship | Click here for more info

More colors are available in special order | Click here for more info

Thatsit Kneeling Chair with Backrest


Per Øie, 1985

The Move posture stool is the perfect companion for the height-adjustable desk or engaging in activity seating where freedom of movement is essential. Designed by Per Øie in 1984, Move is the chair/stool in the Varier collection, which allows for the widest range of movement. With its convex wooden base, a rounded seat, and a height-adjustable gas lift, this desk stool prompts you to actively find and keep your balance while still providing you with the safety and support you need to remain comfortable.

The Move stool’s wooden base is made from beech plywood, covered with an ash top veneer, manually sanded, and coated with water-based, non-toxic lacquers for a beautiful finish. The gas lift is German-made, empowered by high-pressured gas, making the height-adjustable mechanism smooth and reliable. A soft sculpted foam seat with three identical sides adds to this desk stool’s ease of use.

In Franziska’s home in Germany, The Move posture stool is more than just an office chair. Its lightweight properties make it easy to move around to wherever the family may need it. Move frequents both the kitchen counter and her son’s rooms.

One for you and one for me. The Move posture stool works great as an additional chair, either in the professional home office or in the living room when having guests over. Pictured here in Antonia’s home in Munich.

The Move activity stool is highly customizable. Choose between four different gas lifts, differentiated by height and needed adjustment pressure, 2-seat sizes, and 2 base sizes – and create the chair that best suits your individual and professional home or office needs.

The Move starts at $349 and is ready to ship | Click here for more info

More colors are available in special order | Click here for more info

Move – option of Revive Pale Apricot from Kvadrat and a black lacquered base in Claudia’s Berlin home.



Peter Opsvik, 1995

Actulum is an allrounder that meets the body’s need for movement and variation in any situation where you might find yourself seated by a table. Suitable for individual workstations, in conference and dining rooms alike, Actulum is as versatile as it is comfortable.

Initiating movement when seated on Actulum is effortless. Tilt forward or lean back, and the curved wooden runners create a rocking pendulum movement responding to your body’s natural inclinations. Actulum features a slim backrest with a flexible joint, which purpose is to accommodate the largest possible number of sitting positions. The upholstered back and seat cushions provide a soft surface, without taking away from the chair’s airy expression.

Actulum in natural lacquered wood looks just as good by the dining table as it does in the professional home office in this Oslo apartment.

The Actulum pendulum desk rocking chair is available in a natural or black finish and a wide range of upholstery fabrics and colors. The wooden runners are made from beech and ash plywood layers, which are laminated and given their characteristic shape through the application of heat and pressure. The floor runner and armrest are made from one single piece of pressed plywood, creating a distinct visual profile while ensuring smooth movements.

The Actulum starts at $799 and is available as special order | Click here for more info



Peter Opsvik, 1991

Whether at a professional home or in the office, the Thatsit posture kneeling chair is an ideal work chair and is designed for seamless transitions between multiple different seated or kneeling positions. It’s concave (chest rest as a kneeling chair or backrest as a traditional chair) rest and curved wooden runners, creating balance in all postures. This posture back strengthening chair invites you to lean in when focusing on a task or lean back when contemplating your next great idea. The Thatsit chair is also adjustable, allowing you to find the setting that best supports your favorite seating position.

Acting as an advancement on the iconic Variable Balans kneeling chair, Thatsit features a wider seat, a fixed backrest, adjustable in both height and depth, in addition to adjustable shin rests. The characteristic winged back is a perfect spot to rest your elbow or turn all the way around and lean your torso against it for variation and new perspectives.

Thatsit kneeling chair with Backrest

The Thatsit kneeling chair is available in a natural or black finish and a wide range of upholstery fabrics and colors. The wooden runners are made from beech and ash plywood layers, which are laminated and given their characteristic shape through heat and pressure. This traditional woodworking technique allows for extreme shapes that endure continuous pressure. Enabling us to craft functional furniture based on creative designs without the constraints warranted when using solid wood. The seat, back, and shin rests are molded to provide optimal comfort. Ensuring a proper posture sitting or kneeling experience that is both supportive and dynamic.  Helping create innovation in the modern professional home.

Thatsit starts at $799 (Black Revive on Natural wood) and is ready to ship, as well as available as a special order for specific colors| Click here for more info

Related Posts

Varier x Ingrid Bredholt

Future Holds is an interdisciplinary design collaboration between Varier and Norwegian designer Ingrid Bredholt. Working without the constraints of complying with traditional ideas of what

Read More »

Make My Office Move

We sit too much, a reality with health implications so dire that James Levine, a renowned Mayo Clinic doctor, warns that “sitting is the new

Read More »

Join our mailing list today and get 5% off of your Varier purchase.