Varier's first leather iteration of Peter Opsvik's Variable chair
Varier x Ingrid Bredholt is a partnership that prides itself on creating top quality ergonomic chairs that guarantee comfort and flexibility ― and one of their classics just got a premium leather upgrade.
Known for sculptural pieces that look worthy of a fine arts installation, the partnership's Variable chair embraces the practice of nonconformist shape and, as the name would accurately suggest, versatility. The chair allows for a variety of lounging options, encouraging subtle movements to optimize user comfort ― an emblematic trait of the chair's creator, Norwegian industrial designer Peter Opsvik. His work seeks to question and reinvent the societal norms of sitting "nicely", using playful designs that put the human experience first.
Originally introduced at the 1979 Scandinavian Furniture Fair in Copenhagen, the piece was available in a variety of upholstery designs ― but the first leather iteration was only recently released.
Using customized upholstery with a technique similar to the craftsmanship seen on fine bags and shoes, 5 cm wide naturally tanned 100% nappa leather straps are intricately woven together before being fitted to the chair for a finely crafted look. The supporting wood is gently hand washed to achieve the same light beige tone as the leather itself, which promises to gain an attractive patina over time. Surprisingly soft to the touch, the sleek upholstery makes the ideal durable finish to complement the Variable's versatile nature.
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