The first chair to successfully challenge conventional sitting habits, Variable™ balans® set new standards in chair design and functionality when it came to market in 1979.

Designed by Peter Opsvik, Variable balans inspires movement. It’s the iconic kneeling chair.

A Norwegian industrial designer, Opsvik questioned the notion that there is just one correct sitting posture. Unlike his peers, Opsvik believed that our body intuitively seeks the ideal sitting position – the next position is always the best – and it’s this freedom of movement that defines Opsvik’s designs.

The seat gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic and upright spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine upright and the body balanced, which strengthens core muscles and prevents back and shoulder tension. The angle between the upper and lower body increases, greatly improving circulation as the body moves from an active to a relaxed.