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Pacific Chair

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2016

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Development of the Pacific Chair followed the guiding principle 'full performance, quiet design' and achieved a harmonious combination of these two characteristics. The individual, high-quality components have a consistent design language, lending the Pacific Chair expressive clarity and precision. Its appearance is strongly defined by the backrest, which extends so far down that no mechanical components are visible from behind, with the exception of the base. With its linear silhouette and understated design, the chair is an ideal addition to any contemporary interior.

Although not readily visible, the Pacific Chair offers all the sophisticated functions necessary for ergonomic seating. The height-adjustable back and armrests form part of the same vertically aligned profile. This is a decisive feature of the overall design concept and allows users to sit sideways. The synchronised mechanism automatically responds to the weight of the respective user, offering an immediate sense of personalised comfort. Further fine adjustments can be carried out quickly and easily thanks to the concealed but intuitively positioned operating elements. The padded backrest comes in three different heights; components are colour-coordinated in light or dark versions, available with matching functional armrests or elegant aluminium arm supports.

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Material description
  • Office swivel chair in accordance with EN 1335; height-adjustable or 3D armrests with Ergonomic Seal of Approval.
  • Seat mechanism: ProMotion mechanism, lockable in upright position. Synchronised mechanism with automatic weight adjustment and manual fine tuning of backrest resistance with five settings. Equipped as standard with seat height and seat depth adjustment. Optionally available with or without spontaneous forward tilt (can be disabled). Aluminium casing for seat mechanism, sandblasted or powder-coated (deep black) depending on the frame colour selected. Control lever on seat mechanism always made of polyamide in deep black.
  • Back: upholstered backrest. Six adjustable height settings. Upholstered backrest made of polyamide with polyurethane foam padding. Available in 3 heights: low (conference height), medium and high. Cover in fabric or leather. High backrest equipped with height-adjustable headrest covered in leather.
  • Seat: polyurethane foam padding. Seat support in polyamide (deep black). Seat cover in fabric or leather.
  • Armrests: height-adjustable armrests or 3D armrests with adjustable height, width and depth. Armrest sleeve and operating element in polyamide (deep black or soft grey, depending on the frame colour selected). With soft polyurethane pads (in deep black or dark grey, depending on the frame colour selected). Also available with fixed armrests in die-cast aluminium for conference settings, polished or powder-coated (deep black) depending on the frame colour selected, optional leather pads. Armrest supports in die-cast aluminium, either polished or powder-coated (deep black) depending on the frame colour selected.
  • Base: five-star base in die-cast aluminium, with a polished finish or powder-coated (deep black), or alternately made of polyamide (deep black); equipped with double castors (Ø 60 mm).
  • Conference version: conference chair with four-star swivel base in die-cast aluminium, with polished or powder-coated finish, on glides in accordance with EN 16139. Conference mechanism without seat depth modification, with automatic weight adjustment and manual fine tuning of backrest resistance in five settings; fixed seat height with shock-absorbing seat suspension for added comfort.
  • 'Dark' frame colour: seat mechanism casing and armrest supports in powder-coated aluminium (deep black); height-adjustable armrests and 3D armrests with armrest sleeve and operating element in polyamide (deep black) and polyurethane pads (deep black); fixed armrests in powder-coated aluminium (deep black).
  • 'Light' frame colour: seat mechanism casing in sandblasted aluminium and armrest supports in polished aluminium; height-adjustable armrests and 3D armrests with armrest sleeve and operating element in polyamide (soft grey) and polyurethane pads (dark grey); fixed armrests in polished aluminium.
  • 'Mixed' frame colour (only with height-adjustable armrests and 3D armrests): seat mechanism casing in sandblasted aluminium and armrest supports in polished aluminium; height-adjustable armrests and 3D armrests with armrest sleeve and operating element in polyamide (deep black) and polyurethane pads (deep black).
  • Accessories: coat hanger mounted on chair, made of polyamide in deep black or soft grey, available for medium-height and high upholstered backrest (max. weight load: 2 kg).
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This product was designed by
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby studied architecture as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture.
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