Variable™ balans®

$ 349.00


Variable™ balans®

The original kneeling chair with the unique pendulum movement

 Dimensions: W 20.4" / D 28.3" / H 20" / 11.94 lb.


  • Flexible runners offer increased movement
  • Kneepads to keep from sliding and to rest feet in back positions
  • Compact
  • Suitable for children and adults
  • Follows natural body movement 
  • Promotes natural, upright posture 
  • Prevents tension in neck and shoulders
  • Strengthens core and abdominal muscles 
  • Enhances deep breathing 
  • Improves concentration through increased blood circulation and oxygen supply 
  • Energizes and combats tiredness 
  • Reduces pressure on vertebral discs

Rethinking Sitting

The first chair to successfully challenge conventional sitting habits, Variable balans set new standards in chair design and functionality when it came to market in 1979. Designed by Peter Opsvik, Variable balans inspires movement. It’s the iconic kneeling chair.

A Norwegian industrial designer, Opsvik questioned the notion that there is just one correct sitting posture. Unlike his peers, Opsvik believed that our body intuitively seeks the ideal sitting position—the next position is always the best—and it’s this freedom of movement that defines Opsvik’s designs.

The seat gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic and upright spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine upright and the body balanced, which strengthens core muscles and prevents back and shoulder tension. The angle between the upper and lower body increases, greatly improving circulation. As the body moves from an active to a relaxed posture, the flexible runners respond with a gentle pendular motion. An optional backrest provides further support, if necessary.


Varier maintains a commitment to a healthy lifestyle not only for our customers but also for our planet. Revive, one of our newest fabrics, is responsibly manufactured from post-consumer recycled polyester (PET) and is specially created with a focus on reducing the environmental impact both in production and natural resources. Not only does the PET come from used plastic bottles, but the production process behind Revive is much more efficient than for new polyester. Less energy and chemicals are used, while CO2 emissions are minimized. “We are all concerned about sustainability. So the thought that a recycled object can become a new textile on a chair is hugely satisfying for a designer.” – Georgina Wright, Revive Designer

Variable balans

Please contact us for color variations and availability.  

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