Executive swivel chairs represent the pinnacle of comfort and practicality. Here, the swivel chair becomes an object of representation, as well as a dutiful servant. And though the selection is not as expansive, it is equally, if not more, diverse than most in the office chairs product group.
Those seeking to combine old world luxury and traditional aesthetic can turn to ‘Duke’, a plush, chesterfield armchair mounted on a wooden castor base, manufactured by the British firm Fleming & Howland. Poltrona Frau’s ‘Oxford’ executive swivel chair is a slightly more relaxed, but still traditional, leather-upholstered design.
Among the modern classics we have Charles and Ray Eames’s ‘Soft Pad Group EA 219’ manufactured by Vitra. Its elegant frame is identical to the Aluminium Group series, but the seat is covered in leather-upholstered pads. Another midcentury icon is ‘Oxford™’ executive swivel chair designed by the Danish minimalist architect Arne Jacobsen. Manufacture by Fritz Hansen, it features an elegant aluminium base and armrests, and a thin, tall, upholstered seat.
Lievore Altherr Molina’s ‘Catifa 60 | 2104/2106’ for Arper also strives for this minimal look, but the shell of its seat more readily embraced the human body. ULTOM ITALIA’s ‘Nesi’ executive swivel chair resembles a classic, segmented, modern lounge chair, its plump upholstery held in a shell of wooden veneer.
There is also a large subset of executive swivel chairs directly inspired by ergonomics. Fritz Močnik mounts ergonomically formed, but formally restrained, seat and backrest onto an adjustable castor base in his ‘LEZGO’ for LÖFFLER, which also comes with an optional, cylindrical headrest. Wolfgang C.R. Mezger’s ‘Agitus’ for Senator, on the other hand, proudly leaves all of its mechanisms exposed.
Giovanni Baccolini’s ‘Link Plus’ for Ares Line balances somewhere in between, with its evident, but restrained detailing and a luxurious chrome finish on its structure. And finally, Volker Eysing’s ‘Sitagego Swivel chair’ for Sitag is designed to give optimal support to the spine by spanning a mesh membrane between supporting, structural ribs of the chair. This reflected in the backrest’s finish, which becomes the identifying emblem of this executive swivel chair.