Best of NeoCon Entries for Task Chair Seating


Last week, we took a look at some of the up and coming workstation designs entered for the Best of NeoCon award. Now, let’s peruse recently developed task chairs that might be paired with these state-of-the-art casegoods.

Scope Out the Scope Chair

There’s quite a global flavor to the entries this year. For example, “viasit” Bürositzmöbel from Germany is showing off the Scope and declaring that it is the future, personified. The open framed mesh back is a new twist on concepts already explored by many other designers. The numerous adjustable features are similar to those you would find in other high-end task chairs such as the Steelcase Leap. What really does set this chair apart is the “pendolo” backrest. According to the product brochure, this backrest can actually rotate slightly to the right or left – like a pendulum following the movement of the sitter’s body.

Turning Japanese

The LUCE is a Japanese design that was developed by Okamura in collaboration with OKI (a firm that specializes in robotic leg technology). The shape of the chair does look kind of like it’s designed to act as an exoskeleton rather than a normal seat. This is certainly a chair that will make you look ready to spring into action whenever your boss enters the room. The Seat Cradle Design is reportedly well suited to jobs where workers must sit, then stand, sit, then stand throughout the day. The cushioned seat mechanism catches you and absorbs the impact of your weight as you sit down. The attractive, gradated back mesh is firmer in the lumbar region for proper ergonomic support.

BioFit for a Tight Fit

The SwingSeat from BioFit Engineered Products is another example of innovation in seating. This is the chair equivalent of a pen holder with a chain (the kind they have at kiosks in a bank). The chair is firmly anchored to a wall so it can swing out for use and be tucked neatly away the rest of the time. Like with the pen-on-a-chain concept, you won’t have to worry about this seating being moved to other areas of your facility when it should be left in place. This type of chair would work well in crowded reception areas, hallways, and other spots where you need permanent seating but don’t necessarily have a lot of space.


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