Hospital chairs form a subgroup of healthcare furniture, comprising of chairs that are suited to furnish hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. The emphasis in this product group lies on functionality, durability, hygiene, comfort and ergonomics rather than on radical formal innovation.
Therefore, a large number of hospital chairs in this selection are rather generously proportioned designs, with wooden base, armrests and a backrest. In some cases, such as in Fredrik Torsteinsen’s ‘Modus bariatric’ by Helland, the seat is is upholstered and the backrest composed of three wooden laminate strips. A variation on this design is ‘Modus chair stackable’, a stacking hospital chair without armrests that can be linked into rows and used to furnish waiting rooms.
David Rowland’s classic ‘40/4 armchair’, designed in 1964 and manufactured by HOWE, features a slender steel rod structure, along with moulded plywood seat and backrest, while the more contemporary ‘SixE’ hospital chair, designed by Pearson Lloyd for the same company, is a stacking design with steel legs supporting an ergonomically moulded, plastic shell.
Paul Nederend’s ‘Pole Chair’ by Odesi is another comfortable hospital chair, and its rounded upholstered seat, available in bright colours; and thick, round, wooden supports give it an air of friendliness and cheer. Stefan Zwicky’s ‘Viena 3 0091’ by Seledue|Seleform is an altogether more austere seat, but is practical and incredibly durable, produced solely from wood.
Lastly, Steffen Kaz’s and Catharina Lorenz’s ‘Fizz’, produced by Bedont, mounts an oval padded seat and an oval plywood backrest on a wooden base, and makes an ideal hospital chair for waiting rooms, staff rooms and canteens.