Desk Chairs: The Pininfarina Xten

Desk Chairs: The Pininfarina Xten

Range Govindan
Aug 19, 2008

The name Pininfarina is eponymous with Ferrari. The prestigious design firm came up with a lot of incredible car designs for Ferrari and Maserati. However, Pininfarina doesn't just design cars. They have a division that sells all sorts of consumer goods. At a development cost of over $1.5 million, the Xten office chair might be the Ferrari of desk chairs.

The seat uses a material called Technogel developed by Bayer Leverkausen, that's supposed to reduce seating pressure and fatigue by 60%. Technogel was developed originally to provide long term hospital patients with a comfortable material to rest upon, when no movement was possible. The seating surface is made out of Dynatec, a fabric used by Olympic athletes for durability, comfort and coolness. Dynatec wicks away moisture.

The Xten is currently on sale and available in a range of colors from $1995.

[via DVice, photos via Xten]

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