Editor's Picks

Editor’s Picks: Office Chairs That Really Work It

If you have to work, you might as well make that work as comfortable, ergonomic and stylish as possible. That’s where the almighty office chair comes in.

The Aeron Chairs cast very long shadows, but there are many other office chairs that are definitely worth a look as well. Take a look at my top 10 favorite office chairs—from classic to innovative, eco-friendly and ergonomic, any one of these impressive chairs is sure to complement your needs as well as your workspace.

ReGeneration by Knoll®

ReGeneration by Formway Design, from Knoll. Image via

This flexible chair is the best of the best when it comes to comfort and design. I am impressed by the contoured frame of it, which supports the natural shape of the back. As a designer who sits a lot throughout the day, back support is a priority. With the ReGeneration by Knoll, I can recline as needed to stretch, or adjust the recline resistance feature to keep me upright for greater support. I also really like the simplified construction of this chair with its slim, modern aesthetic–making it an attractive fit for any working space.

Eames® Aluminum Group Management Chair

Eames® Aluminum Group Management Chair by Charles & Ray Eames, from Herman Miller. Image via

When it comes to aesthetics, this classic from Herman Miller wins the prize in the office chairs category. The clean, trim lines make the Eames® Aluminum Group Management Chair practical for any working space–from a contemporary home to an elegant office to a hip start-up. And, of course, it is also comfortable, durable and supportive. You really can’t go wrong with the chair. It looks good anywhere.

Buoy Multifunctional Chair

Buoy Multifunctional Chair from Turnstone

For those who like to move and live an active lifestyle, the Buoy Multifunctional Chair is a great solution. You can rock, swivel, tilt and turn in this portable seat. Another plus? It promotes good posture–something I definitely could use some encouragement with. I keep this chair handy in my workspace to switch things up and move around while completing my tasks. It makes work feel less like work and more like fun.

Repos Chair

Repos Chair by Antonio Citterio, from Vitra. Image via

Sometimes it’s great to kick back and lounge while being productive. In my perfect workspace, I would have a Repos Chair to chill out and relax in, especially when I am working on a project suitable for my laptop. The armrests and high back of this chair delivers the comfort it suggests, offering great support. Not to mention, the sleek look of this seat will instantly add appeal to any office space.

Cherner Task Chair

(l. to r.) Cherner Upholstered Metal Base Chair, Cherner Studio Desk, Cherner Upholstered Task Chair with Arms from Cherner

An expansion of the stunning Cherner Chair silhouette, the Cherner Upholstered Task Chair from Cherner is a must-have for any design enthusiast. I love the minimal design of this chair and how lightweight, yet durable, it is. The pop of color in the upholstery complements the signature molded plywood shell in all of Cherner’s designs.

Bindu High Back Executive Chair

Bindu High Back Executive Chair by Brian Kane, from Coalesse

For the eco-conscious consumer, the Bindu High Back Executive Chair from Coalesse delivers as a modern, eco-friendly office chair. It’s made out of 13% recycled and 65% recyclable materials. It’s also so comfortable, it’s like a lounge chair and task chair combined in one.

Freedom Headrest Chair

Freedom Headrest Chair by Niels Diffrient, from Humanscale. Image via

With an impressive ten prestigious design awards to date, the Freedom Headrest Chair from Humanscale continues to be a popular choice in the office seating category. This chair moves with you, with a weight-sensitive recline mechanism and adjustable armrests that move simultaneously with you.

Embody® Office Chair

Embody® Office Chair by Jeff Weber, from Herman Miller

Another innovative design from Herman Miller, the Embody® Office Chair is a top choice for its ergonomic fit and comfort. With a luxury aesthetic and some serious technical sophistication, what more do you really need in a chair for your workspace?

Chiara Lounge Chair

Chiara Lounge Chair from Bernhardt Design

Add a fun, retro vibe to an office space with the Chiara Lounge Chair from Bernhardt Design. I love this ultra mod design with gentle curves and fun color options that pop. The comfort and swiveling feature of this chair creates the perfect seat to lounge in while you work, or acts as a great guest seat for office visitors.

Tedy Office Chair

Tedy Office Chair from B&T Design

As a big fan of high back designs, the Tedy Office Chair from B&T Design makes me swoon with its chic look. Perhaps the most intriguing and unique part of this chair is the high arm rests, making this modern design something special compared to standard office chairs. There’s just something about it that makes me want to hop in and wheel around the office.

From task chairs to lounge chairs and dynamic multifunctional seats, there are so many well-designed office seating options for a modern workspace. The only job you have now is to find the right one for you.

Whitney Todor

Whitney Todor

Whitney is the senior web designer for YLiving. As a mom with an energetic toddler and a large, playful dog she is all about simple, well-designed furniture and storage solutions that make life easier.

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