Still life

British duo Barber & Osgerby cultivate calm with their inaugural task chair

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London-based furniture designers Barber & Osgerby mark their first foray into office chairs with ‘Pacific’ for Vitra. First launched at Orgatec last year, the elementary design is now available for purchase (to the relief of awkwardly perched hot-deskers everywhere). In this short film, the duo reveal how they approached the design, searching for things that ‘emphasise the idea of calm’ – think subtle curves and reassuringly sturdy arms. Aiming for something akin to a welcoming armchair that the duo would want in their own studio, Barber & Osgerby looked to their own height difference to inform the ergonomics of the ‘Pacific’, ensuring it is comfortable for all sitters.

Film courtesy of Vitra. Art Direction: Studio AKFB

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