Designing groundbreaking furniture since 1959 Peter Opsvik Is passionate about active sitting, and so are we.
Humans weren't designed to sit still for 8, 10, 12 hours a day and there is no one who designs furniture that allows us to move quite like this man.
He specialises in furniture that feels natural and uplifting to use...
At the very beginning of 1976 Hans Christian Mengshoel (1946) initiated a study that set out to answer how we could sit in more balanced and ergonomic ways. Through observation and research, Mengshoel found that a seat which was tilted slightly forward, encouraged a natural posture which provided greater mobility and relieved unwanted pressure while seated. The idea of shin support was introduced to keep the user from sliding off the seat while simultaneously maintaining an open hip angle. With this, Mengshoel initiated the concept of the kneeling posture in Norway and set the mark for a truly experimental time in Norwegian design history. Shortly after Peter Opsvik designed and devloped what was to become the first widely used and sold kneeling chair, the Varier Variable.
This is the best chair we've ever sat in, and the one many Backinaction staff use around our tables and in front of our computers.
The key to all good chairs is movement, forwards-and-backwards, side-to-side, up-and-down, the more movement the better. We call this active sitting. Once you achieve active sitting your core muscles will become stronger and you will find your posture will improve overnight, joints will be less stiff, and you will become more focused and have higher concentration levels.Varier Actulum
This is the ultimate relaxation chair. It is extremely comfortable and gives the best possible support when reclining. The Gravity recliner meets almost every seating requirement without strain.
Leaning forward, Gravity can be used as a kneeling chair. Shift your weight slightly backwards for an upright position, placing your feet on either the floor or shin cushions for variation. To assume a reclined position, gently push away from the ground.Varier Gravity
One of the most unusual office chairs out there - this is an all time favorite for many of our team. In our own offices and showrooms this is the most commonly chosen chair.
It pairs beautifully with sit to stand desking (something all our staff have and we strongly recommend) and can help increase energy, boost productivity and reduce back pain.
This is a best seller for us so we hold many wonderful colours in stock for next day delivery. We recommend a really hard wearing fabric on this like Comfort+ or Leather as this is a chair you will have for many years. Its looks wonderful in bold colours but we suggest avoiding the really pale ones.HAG Capisco
The Varier Variable Balans - The original and the best, without breaking the bank.
Varier Kneelers (the Variable, Thatsit and Wing) are the only kneeling chairs that our team of product testers have ever approved as suitable for a full 8hr day - and we have tested thousands of chairs over the last 30 years.
They are unique in having perfectly balanced and angled with lots of movement built in to trigger your balance reflex without putting pressure on your knees or shins, while using materials that wont break or wear out in 6 months.
The movement is so important for healthy sitting and helps you naturally stack the spine over your hips which in turn improves neck carriage and reduces shoulder tension. Plus pulse rate and breathing are elevated, driving greater circulation and extra oxygenation.
Over time you will learn to vary the position of the chair to exactly match the task... writing, reading, thinking, while the shin pads prevent the hips from sliding forwards. We have thousands of clients who use kneeling chairs for all day office work.Varier Variable Balans
We believe the Thatsit is the ultimate kneeling chair because it allows the most movement and offers the greatest support: