The collection
Kneeling chair with a continuous bent wood frame and cushioned seat and knee rests upholstered in orange fabric.

Chair, Balans Variable

Designed by
Peter Opsvik (born 1939)
Beech, wool upholstery
Produced by
Varier Furniture AS, Ålesund, Norway
48 x 51 x 72.5 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of Dr. Michael Sze, 2009.23*

The simple, functional Balans chair reflects Norwegian designer Opsvik’s commitment to ergonomic principles. The radical chair form allows sitting in a semi-kneeling position, encouraging good posture and preventing back strain by shifting weight and pressure from the spine to the knees. Rocking gives freedom of movement and improves blood circulation. Opsvik was one of several Scandinavian designers concerned about the social and ethical responsibilities of design.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.