Ultimate Office Seating: Efficient Task or Stylish Side Chair?

Ultimate Office Seating: Efficient Task or Stylish Side Chair?

Mike Tyson
Aug 6, 2010

We've seen it all on Unplggd — from the perfectly placed Panton chair to the alien-like Embody chair. Some prefer the comfort and support a task chair provides while others opt for more stylish options that are available in side chairs. We tell you our preference after the jump and hope you share yours.

The chair is a key component to not only a visually appealing home office but an efficient one as well. When we spend countless hours a week in our chairs choosing the perfect one isn't a decision to take lightly. And after much debate we've landed on the task chair for our home office. More specifically, the ever popular Aeron chair was the winner.

Designed with function in mind, the Aeron chair is incredibly comfortable and easily adjusts for various body types. The rolling casters and the pellicle membrane which easily flexes to the body are features we simply could not give up. But it isn't a decision without its regrets. The aesthetic design is very utilitarian; the form exaggerates its function. I equate the style of the Aeron chair's design often to the design of Dyson vacuums. Their appearance mimics their performance by highlighting the functional features of the objects. This isn't a bad way to design but we sometimes find ourselves longing for a side chair in all of its stylized beauty. The simplicity of an Eames DSR or Tulip chair, for instance, is the antithesis to the elaborate appearance of many task chair designs that often overwhelm a space.

So what do you prefer when it comes down to the battle for the butt? Let us know in the comments!

[Image credits... first photo:Gregory Han and Jan Skácelík last photo: Chris Nguyen and Kim]

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