Our favorite WFH desk chairs
After over a year of WFHing, a much larger share of the population is now painfully aware of the importance of a quality place to settle your bones while your brain is churning, your fingers are tapping, or your mouth is gabbing on Zoom.
We've been working out of studios, storefronts, and homes of our own design for years, and these are some of our favorite chairs to work from (or dream about working from!).
Recyclable Molded Polypropylene Chair by Vitra
This was Doug's work chair for many years before we started our studio together and migrated to rolling Steelcase chairs.
If you're more of a lounger or you shift positions often this may be a good option for you since it's a bit more flexible while also cradling you at the same time.
Designed by Verner Panton in 1960, meets Vitra's standards for recyclability and is Greenguard Gold Certified. It also comes in a kids' version.
Leather Rolling Chair by Steelcase
We've had multiple versions and colors of this chair in our live/work studios for the past 10 years and they're still going strong.
Our favorite (and most resilient) by far is this leather version which also features aluminum legs, although we have the black 3d mesh fabric on the backs of ours which keeps the look a little lighter weight.
We have the counter-height version (which you can tell by the footrest). We always make our desks counter height so that it's more comfortable to collaborate when 1 person is sitting and 1 person is standing.
The link above is for a ready-to-ship version, but you can also build your own from multiple fabrics and with/without various features like armrests (pretty critical in our opinion), lumbar support, headrest, etc. directly from Steelcase with around a 2-month lead time.
Metal and Oak Chair by Muuto
Giving us school and chemistry lab vibes crossed with Scandinavian minimalism, we love the clean lines and honest materials of this sturdy metal chair by Muuto.
The durable powder-coated steel base is contrasted with a moulded seat and back making for a comfortable and substantial chair for writing or dining.
Sculpted Swivel Chair by Muuto
When I imagine a perfectly refined desk chair–the kind that you can use for decades that fits like a glove–this is what comes to mind.
No knobs and gears or sharp edges or distracting shapes, just a beautifully sculpted seat that mirrors the organic lines of a person sitting in it perched delicately on top of this elegant support.
We don't personally own one of these but I'm hoping maybe someday we will :) FYI this black-on-black leather version ships in 3-5 business days.
Sculpted Recyclable Swivel Chair by Muuto
Made out of recyclable plastic and wood fibers, this is the much less expensive version of my dream desk chair.
It still has the same beautiful organic lines, but since the manufacturer offers a chair pad as an option it makes me think you may want to plan on draping a sheepskin or some other cozy padding on top if you're diving in for a super long Zoom call.
Other good news... it also ships in 3-5 days :)
Ultimate Lounge Chair by Herman Miller
Before we had a child we often took on seemingly impossible projects with totally insane timelines to help save the day for executives at large companies. Sometimes those projects had decent budgets, and after one particularly demanding project, we decided to splurge and get this Eames lounger we had coveted for years so we could at least be more comfortable while working like crazy.
In addition to being very comfortable, this chair is also just a really beautiful design object. So much so that we sometimes forget that it works as an excellent work chair if you're just typing or doing research on a laptop or phone (i.e. not something that requires heavy mousing like design work).
If you're in a position to add one of these to your home or office or studio, I don't think you will regret it. Also, keep an eye out as Herman Miller sometimes has 15% off sales (usually in the Spring and Fall).