Rain Noe over at Core77 posted about the ErgoChair by Autonomous and the idea of it caught my attention. Autonomous, a robotics company, is trying to use what they've learned in that industry and apply it to chair production. Their goal was to make an ergonomic office chair, like the Aeron, for a price point around $100. If you can believe it can be done, that's only a fraction of what the Aeron costs with the same comfort level. I'm skeptical, but for $199, maybe I should try.
IKEA's infamous POÄNG chair turns 40 this year and Curbed has posted this short video interview with its designer, Noboru Nakamura. The chair is still a design icon, but has sort of lately become a sort of throwaway dorm accessory (no thanks to some copycats out there!). However, if you've ever owned or sat in one, you'll know that behind that simple design is still a chair that is comfortable, functional, and pleasing to the eye. The original POÄNG chair has largely remained unchanged in its 40 years of existence but today you can buy variations of it through IKEA -- like the rocking chair version and a mini version just for kids (I mean, it's $30!)!
I like this little write-up form 2014 on Cool Hunting about IKEA's Janinge domestic chair. The chair is a very simple creation by Swedish design company Form Us With Love for IKEA with strict design standards to stand up to the same abuse that a chair for public use might endure. But of course, since this is a chair for the home, it had to aesthetically look pleasing too (whereas public use chairs don't necessarily have to look pretty).
And this is the result: A stackable, clean-lined chair made of reinforced polypropylene and available in 3 colors. And all for $69. This is one of those IKEA pieces that seems like it doesn't necessarily sacrifice quality for price.
PS: I love the IKEA website's description of this chair. It reads: You can stack the chairs, so they take less space when you're not using them. Haha, how straight-to-the-point. I want to replace my desk chair with one of these.