Human Instruments
  Your body is engineered for movement. Activity is essential to its
  wellbeing. A conventional chair i...
Variér . A Human Idea
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                            Our philosophy:
   Variér® chairs are the product of a h...
Take back control
                                                                             pressure off your vertebrae...
At desk: The upright kneeling position frees the body
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At desk: The upright kneeling position frees the body
                                                                    ...
At desk or table: Achieve optimal energy and spinal
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Power nap/deep thought: Rock back, raise your feet
                                                                       ...
At desk or table: The upright kneeling position lets the
                                                                 ...
At desk: Let your spine adopt its natural curvature:
                                                                     ...
The rhythm of life
                                                                      a ball rolling on a flat surface,...
At your desk: Enjoy the perfect sitting position with
                                                                    ...
Exercise choice
Every chair in this Variér® collection is available in a range of
fabrics, colours and finishes. Design yo...
Quality
                                                                      to offer a five-year guarantee on the mechan...
www.varierfurniture.com




     Variér Furniture AS | Håhjem | 6260 Skodje | Norway
Varier Human Instruments Catalogue-2009
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Varier Human Instruments Catalogue-2009

  1. 1. Human Instruments Your body is engineered for movement. Activity is essential to its wellbeing. A conventional chair is an instrument of inactivity, fundamentally unsuited to the human body. We don’t make conventional chairs. We create precision human instruments to keep your body in its natural state of activity. Variér® Human Instruments – born of a human idea
  2. 2. Variér . A Human Idea ® Our philosophy: Variér® chairs are the product of a human idea. We make the human body central to design, learning it by heart. We know which positions promote relaxation, and where and how to sup- port the body. The human body is designed for motion, and should never be still for too long. We make chairs that meet all these needs, and then we free our human imaginations to create bold, unconventional forms with perfect functionality.
  3. 3. Take back control pressure off your vertebrae and letting you breathe more deeply “I believe that the spine is happiest when it can adopt the natural curva- and freely. ture that it has when we stand upright.” Peter Opsvik Variér® Human Instruments give your body the freedom to find its own equilibrium. The chairs promote constant natural move- There is no scientific basis for the belief that the correct sitting ment, which keeps your back and abdominal muscles working at posture is erect or right-angled. This belief is based entirely on all times – strengthening your muscles and preventing tension Victorian notions of ‘character’ and physical self-discipline. In build-up in back, neck and shoulders. fact, it is much better for the body to adopt a sitting position that is not right-angled and stiff, but open and dynamic. Some of the chairs also incorporate a backrest to provide the dynamic variation ideal for a long day of work and leisure. Tilt Variér® Human Instruments help you achieve just that. Designed forwards for high-energy activity, and rock or lean backwards for relaxation. However you sit, your spine will be supported to support the body in a seated kneeling position, or on curved perfectly. runners, the seats of the chairs do, or can, tilt downwards. The tilted seat creates a healthier sitting position – where your thighs are not horizontal, but instead create an angle of greater than 90 This ‘active sitting’ improves circulation and oxygen levels, boost- degrees to your torso. This allows the body to adopt the natural ing your energy, your concentration and your overall wellbeing. curvature of spine and pelvis it has when standing; taking the
  4. 4. At desk: The upright kneeling position frees the body to adopt its natural curvature; breathing is enhanced and pressure on the spine is minimized Reaching: If you stretch out to reach something, and place your feet on the floor, you still retain minimal strain on your spine Relaxation: The Variable balans® also comes with a slim backrest, which provides complete support when you lean back. positive REACTION The Variable balans® both encourages your body to move and much faster, as the chair encourages an upright, ‘alert’ posture reacts to every one of its movements. Body and chair, action that promotes concentration and creativity. It is also perfect for a and reaction, in a cycle of continuous motion that energizes and child’s bedroom desk – enhancing posture, breathing and energy enlivens your body and mind. levels and potentially improving homework performance. The Variable balans® has the added benefit that it activates and The first chair designed on the balans® concept, the Variable strengthens back and abdominal muscles while you work. balans®, is a true classic. The design is almost thirty years old, yet it looks as fresh today as it did when first launched. As versatile VARIABLE™ BALANS® as you are and light enough to carry over one arm, the Variable balans® is the perfect instrument for the varied demands of Design: Peter Opsvik modern lifestyles. A morning spent working at your desk goes Balans® concept: Hans Chr. Mengshoel
  5. 5. At desk: The upright kneeling position frees the body to adopt its natural curvature; breathing is enhanced and pressure on the vertebrae is minimized. Relaxation: Position your elbows on the backrest ‘wings’, lean back and unwind. listen to YOUR BODY The depth of the Thatsit balans® seat allows you to sit for long Your body is designed for movement, but spends most of the day sitting still. The result: a variety of aches and pains. The Thatsit periods, making it an ideal chair for your desk. And when you’ve balans® gives your body the mobility it needs. It’s the chair your finished for the day, the Thatsit balans® can also see your children body has been asking for. through their homework assignments, thanks to its height-adjust- able kneepads. The classic balans® kneeling posture of the Thatsit balans® opens the angle between your torso and thighs. This frees your spine to find its natural curve and encourages an ‘alert’ posture that aids concentration. And when relaxation is the order of the day, you THATSIT™ BALANS® can position your elbows behind your torso on the ‘wings’ of the backrest. In this position you can stretch your upper body, raise Design: Peter Opsvik your rib cage and breathe more deeply and freely. Balans® concept: Hans Chr. Mengshoel
  6. 6. At desk or table: Achieve optimal energy and spinal alignment in a supported standing position. In motion: If you stretch up or move downwards to reach something, the Move will follow your move- ment and provide support. unlimited mobility CONTROL you can really open up the angle between your torso and thighs, Enjoy the ultimate in active sitting: put your body in the driving allowing deeper breathing, improving concentration and relieving seat. Whether you’re catching up on e-mails in the kitchen or the pressure on your spine. The constant motion also serves as an multi-tasking over breakfast on the phone, the versatile Move lets effortless workout. Of all the chairs in this collection, the Move is your body go wherever it feels it needs to be. the one that has the most positive impact on your back and abdominal muscles. With 360 degrees of movement to choose from, the Move is bound to have a position to suit you. This blend of chair and The lightweight construction of the Move makes it portable as standing support has a graded disc base, so its tilting angle can well as manoeuvrable, and the disc base can be fitted with a rubber follow your body through a range of positions. Its saddle shaped MOVE™ sole for slippery surfaces. Which means you can enjoy 360 degrees seat is an essential element of the Move, making it impossible to of freedom just about anywhere. slide off, even with your thighs positioned vertically. This means Design: Per Øie
  7. 7. Power nap/deep thought: Rock back, raise your feet above your heart and experience a liberating floating sensation, with full support of cervical spine and back. Reading or watching TV: Lean back and unwind with supple support for arms, back and neck. Active relaxation: The adjustable neck rest and back rest offers perfect support of your cervical spine and back. Returning to earth: Rock gently forwards, and the Gravity balans® will deliver you smoothly back to earth, so you can assume an upright position to drink your coffee, or reach for a book. energy JUMPSTART But the Gravity balans® is not just a recliner. Its range of seating The power nap is an invaluable instrument in your quest for pro- ductivity, boosting energy levels and recharging your brain. positions support every activity, whether you are enjoying coffee Float free of gravity and experience the ultimate power nap with with friends, or relaxing in front of the TV. It tilts forwards to the Gravity balans®. accommodate the balans® kneeling posture, backwards to allow you to place your feet on the floor and further back still so you can Fully reclined, the Gravity balans® elevates your legs above your curl up, resting both feet on one leg cushion. heart, and rocks gently to the rhythm of your breathing, so you GRAVITY™ BALANS® experience a liberating sense of weightlessness. The back and neck rests are designed to cradle the back of your body so you can Design: Peter Opsvik achieve total relaxation. Balans® concept: Hans Chr. Mengshoel
  8. 8. At desk or table: The upright kneeling position lets the body move to adopt its natural curvature; breathing is enhanced and pressure on the vertebrae is minimized. cutting edge CHOICE Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, take the Multi Because it is light enough to carry easily, and it folds up flat so you balans® along. This multi-function sitting instrument is portable, can hang it or stow it up against the wall. height adjustable and supports a range of sitting positions, so you never know when it will come in useful. Designed to create an open angle between the torso and thighs, the Multi balans® gives you the freedom to decide just how open that angle should be. At its steepest setting, the Multi balans® MULTI™ BALANS® places almost as little strain on the back as a standing posture, while at its lowest it can function as a child’s chair and worktable Design: Peter Opsvik in one. But this remarkable chair’s flexibility doesn’t end there. Balans® concept: Hans Chr. Mengshoel
  9. 9. At desk: Let your spine adopt its natural curvature: improve breathing, circulation and reduce the pressure on your spine. time in MOTION wards, encouraging regular shifts in posture. Instead of the erect The seconds are ticking away, and the deadline is looming, but or right-angled posture imposed by traditional office chairs, the your productivity is still high. The Wing balans® promotes active Wing balans® supports you in the classic balans® kneeling pos- sitting and keeps you breathing deeply, giving your energy levels and powers of concentration an invaluable boost. ture. This creates a balanced torso and allows your spine to find its natural curve. The Wing balans® also comes with an adjustable Don’t be fooled by appearances. The Wing balans® resembles a gas lift, making it easily adjustable to a range of activities and conventional office chair at first glance, because it sits on casters. different desk heights. These make it ideal for work that involves a lot of movement around a confined space. The similarity ends there, and every WING™ BALANS® detail that differentiates this chair from a standard office is instru- mental in raising your productivity. The casters are flexible, so the Design: Peter Opsvik chair responds to your body weight to tip you forwards or back- Balans® concept: Hans Chr. Mengshoel
  10. 10. The rhythm of life a ball rolling on a flat surface, which eventually finds its balance Some of our Human Instruments have been refined to incorpo- and comes to rest. In a rocking chair, the curved runners find this rate curved runners. Curved runners do not only create a rhyth- balance when they meet the sitter’s centre of gravity. The result mically soothing sensation; they also follow your body’s move- is that your body finds its ideal sitting position instinctively, with ments to provide support through a range of postures. The most the torso and thighs creating an open angle, taking pressure off comfortable way to sit at a table is leaning forwards or backwards, the spine. never upright. A chair on curved runners can follow your body into both these postures. With a number of clever modifications to this traditional design, Variér® created the Actulum and Pendulum: two thoroughly These rocking chairs have a further advantage that is only now becoming understood. The curved runners imitate the motion of modern takes on classic functionality and style.
  11. 11. At your desk: Enjoy the perfect sitting position with your spine adopting its natural curvature. Relaxation (Actulum): Lean back and unwind, and enjoy complete support from the flexible backrest. Relaxation (Pendulum): Position your elbows behind your torso to stretch your upper body and breathe more deeply and freely. don’t get stuck in one POSITION rium. The tilting action of the runners facilitates an angle between Life is a voyage of rest and motion, recreation and work, taking your thighs and torso, which is greater than 90 degrees. This you from desk to dining table and from kitchen to living room. allows you to breathe more deeply, improving both concentration Enhance your journey with the Actulum or Pendulum – instru- and relaxation. ments designed to move along with you, guiding and supporting your body as you go. ACTULUM™ At rest and in motion, the curved runners of these active chairs ensure that you are sitting well and fully supported. As you move Design: Peter Opsvik backwards and forwards, the runners allow the chair to tilt with PENDULUM™ your body. When you are still, the chair naturally comes to rest in a balanced position, allowing your body to find its own equilib- Design: Peter Opsvik
  12. 12. Exercise choice Every chair in this Variér® collection is available in a range of fabrics, colours and finishes. Design your own chair by combining colours and finishes to complement any interior, from a child’s playroom to a luxury dining room.
  13. 13. Quality to offer a five-year guarantee on the mechanism and a seven-year When you choose a Variér® chair, you’re choosing a product that guarantee on wooden parts. So you can be confident that your will be handcrafted by skilled artisans. Your chair will be created Variér® chair will last. at our Norwegian workshop to your individual specifications. Only the very best materials will go into its creation. Finally, it will be subjected to rigorous quality testing before it is shipped Products that serve more than one purpose reduce the demand on to you. the earth’s resources. Every chair in this collection is suited to a range of activities and most are portable so they can be used The individual care and attention that each one of our chairs across a range of environments. Products that are designed to last receives at every stage of the production process ensures that we also reduce the demand on the earth’s resources. Every Variér® are supremely confident in their quality. We are confident enough chair is guaranteed to give you years of service.
  14. 14. www.varierfurniture.com Variér Furniture AS | Håhjem | 6260 Skodje | Norway

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