Swedish studio Form Us With Love has worked with Scandinavian brand Savo to create an office chair that can be endlessly reconfigured.
Named Spine, the chair is made up of modular parts so it can be adapted to suit different tasks and working environments.
Savo first unveiled the design at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this year and it is now shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2023 in the workplace design category.
Form Us With Love envisioned the chair as a flexible platform that can be customised with various back and neck supports.
The product takes its name from a vertical column that extends upwards from the seat, forming a backbone that these modular parts can be attached to.
“Spine’s design breaks away from the conventional image of an office chair and the platform has style at many levels,” said John Löfgren, co-founder and creative director of Form Us With Love.
“Through a choice of materials and colours, Spine is able to go from neutral to an eye-catcher that takes its rightful place in a room or indeed the entire office,” he continued.
As well as serving as a task chair, Spine can be adapted for use in a range of collaborative working environments.
The design reflects the increasingly flexible nature of today’s workplaces, which can grow or shrink over time.
“Instead of developing yet another chair, we combined our collective knowledge with Savo’s design philosophy and created a platform that meets the need for seating that can be tailored to suit changeable environments,” said Savo commercial officer Craig Howarth.
“Tomorrow’s workplace will be even more adaptable,” he continued. “Spine raises flexibility to a whole new level and makes hybrid furniture a reality.”
Spine is available in both a standard-height version and a high version with a footrest.
The designers see the product being used across the different spaces of an office or studio, bringing a coherent expression while facilitating easy adaptability.
The modular nature of the design also makes it easier to repair or replace broken parts if the need arises.
It is the latest in a series of designs by Form Us With Love that set out to redefine the modern workplace, with others including the Cubicle furniture system for +Halle and the recyclable Epix chairs for Keilhauer.