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Barber & Osgerby Reinvent the Work Chair

SEEN was intrigued to hear of the latest chair design from Barber & Osgerby. Efficient, durable, aesthetically pleasing and the acme of comfort, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby continue their collaboration with Vitra with the launch of the Pacific Chair at Orgatec 2016.

SEEN was intrigued to hear of the latest chair design from Barber & Osgerby. Efficient, durable, aesthetically pleasing and the acme of comfort,
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby continue their collaboration with Vitra with the launch of the Pacific Chair at Orgatec 2016.

Developed in Switzerland, the Pacific Chair embodies Barber & Osgerby‘s signature design precision, featuring bold colours with straightforward, linear shapes. The first office chair from the prolific designers, the design of the Pacific Chair followed the guiding principle of ‘full performance, quiet design’. The high-quality individual components of the chair have a consistent design language; its appearance being strongly defined by the backrest, which extends so far down that no mechanical components are visible from behind, with the exception of the base.

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Edward Barber: ‘To us the contemporary work chair has become a contraption – a collection of controls and levers. Rethinking how to minimise the visual impact of these elements has been at the centre of our design. Our chair is simple to use and visually calm.’

The Pacific Chair offers all the sophisticated functions necessary for ergonomic seating. The height-adjustable back and armrests form part of the same vertically aligned profile. This is a decisive feature of the overall design concept and allows users to sit sideways. The synchronised mechanism automatically responds to the weight of the user, offering an immediate sense of personalised comfort. Further fine adjustments can be carried out quickly and easily thanks to the concealed but intuitively positioned operating elements. The padded backrest comes in three different heights; one height is available with a mesh cover. Components are colour-coordinated in light or dark versions, available with matching functional armrests or elegant aluminium arm supports.

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Jay Osgerby: ‘To optimise comfort, we joined with Vitra in developing a new mechanism that responds to the individual weight of the sitter. Further lumbar adjustment is provided from a seated position by the vertical movement of the backrest.’

The linear silhouette and understated design of the Pacific Chair makes it an ideal addition to any contemporary interior and a welcome addition to the Barber & Osgerby portfolio.

www.barberosgerby.com

www.vitra.com

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