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  • The Science of Comfort

    What makes a chair oh-so-comfortable? The secret lies in the engineering, as these three designs clearly show.

    Text Janice Seow

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    The Husk Sofa
    by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

    Husk made its debut in 2011 as an armchair, and has since earned its place as a new design classic. Several iterations of Husk have followed, the most recent being Husk sofa in 2014. The wide range of colours, finishes and cover material options allows Husk to radically change its appearance to suit different interiors.

    Star features:

    #1 The quilted design is made of soft cushions divided into portions.

    #2 Upholstery is made of polyester fibres with cotton cover – all top quality materials with the right density for ideal ergnomic support.

    #3 External shell is made of Hirek, ensuring the right level of sturdiness

    B&B Italia is available at Space Furniture

     

     

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     Soft Pad Chair, Herman Miller

     

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    Executive Chair, Herman Miller

    Eames Soft Pad & Executive Chairs
    by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

    The Soft Pad & Executive, the cushier cousins of the Eames Aluminium Group, made their debut in 1969, and their simple lines, innovative use of materials, and suspension comfort have ensured their place as one of the most popular seating choices for both offices and homes for more than 50 years.

    Star features:

    #1 Innovative suspension creates a firm, flexible ‘sitting pocket’ that conforms subtly to the body’s shape. The suspension is created by stretching a continuous piece of seat-back upholstery tautly between lightweight aluminium side ribs. The foam cushions of the Soft Pad chairs will not flatten or clump over time.

    #2 The one-piece, curved aluminium side ribs and die-cast aluminium base makes the chair strong, yet lightweight and easy to move around.

    #3 Pneumatic lift and tilt lock are available as options on the management and executive models.

    Herman Miller is available at Xtra

     

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    The Ro Chair
    by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen

    When Fritz Hansen debuted Ro in 2013, it soon became one of the brand’s most successful introductions of an easy chair. Ro is an icon for modern times, and the 2017 two-seater version offers comfort for two.

    Star features:

    #1 High wing-back design lends privacy and creates an intimate space.

    #2 The shell is a solid construction, created in hard polyurethane foam with fibreglass reinforcements along the edges.

    #3 Seat cushion is made from moulded polyurethane foam in achieve the correct form and comfort.

    #4 Backrest cushion is made of two slices of soft foam for enhanced ergonomics and comfort.

    #5 Neck cushion is a construction of super soft foam and pressure moulded veneer. It’s mounted with two fittings, making it possible to change or reorder the entire neck cushion to the user’s preference.

    Fritz Hansen is available at W. Atelier