Branded Office Chairs Part 4: HÅG Top 3 – H04 Credo, H05 and Futu

Welcome to the fourth in our series on branded office chairs and this week we are taking a look at one of the most respected names in office seating HÅG of Norway. HÅG has been producing quality seating for decades and although a major player in Europe isn't as well known in the US.

HÅG has a deep understanding of what's needed in an office chair. All of its chairs encourage movement as you work to keep those muscles active. It also invented the sliding seat mechanism as long ago as 1976 allowing users to set their seat depth to suit their leg length. This vital function is still not fitted to the majority of office chairs.

Let's begin by taking a look at the H04 Credo model.

H04 Credo chair
HÅG's Credo H04 chair was launched in 1992 to update its Credo range.

HÅG H04 chair

HÅG H04 In Blue

Like many of its chairs it's designed to keep the user moving while you work. Designer Peter Opsvik's believes in dynamic movement and encourages people to use their feet when making movements and not just rely on the upper body.

Like many other chairs it has a tilt tension adjustment so you can set it up for your own body weight. However it's different to other tension adjusters which just operate through an adjustable spring.

With the H04 tension adjuster when correctly set it requires no effort from the user as the body is placed in total balance with the chair. Consequently as you change position the chair naturally follows and supports you every move.

Next it's time to move on to the H05

H05 chair
The H05 first appeared in 2000 and builds on the success of the H04 Credo.

H05 chair

H05 Chair In Grey

It retains the principles of dynamic movement and so moves and supports you as you change positions during the working day.

The controls have been simplified and one wheel adjuster is used to adjust the seat depth, back height and tilting resistance. However some simple overrides have been added to the H05 to make it more customizable in use. This allows users to fine tune the tilting pressure if desired by a simple switch arrangement.

It is also offered with adjustable swing back arms. As well as being height and width adjustable the arms can quickly be pushed right out of the way to the rear of the chair. Useful when you want them out of the way for close up work.

Finally, let's turn to the Futu.

Futu chair
Futu first appeared in 2009 and came from some 7 years of development.

Futu Chair In Beige

Futu Chair In Beige

HÅG has continued with its theme of simplification and has managed to reduce the number of materials used in its manufacture to just seven. This makes the Futu its most eco friendly chair yet with over 50% of the materials coming from recycled content as well as being 97% recyclable.

One of the biggest changes with this chair is its new mechanism called inBalance. As can be seen from the name it keeps the user moving in prefect balance with the chair.

The mechanism is able to sense the user's weight and movements and automatically adjusts to give safe support. And for those that like to fine tune settings it has a slide control under the seat to allow this.

Its FutuKnit fabric is precisely shaped and fitted on both the back and seat. This 3D fabric self adjusts to the user's body and is very comfortable in use as there are no foams or seams.

Summary

  • H04 Credo moves as you move in it
  • H04 Credo tilt tension lets you achieve perfect balance in the chair
  • H05 has simplified controls for easier adjustment
  • H05 swing back arms are great when you need them out of the way
  • Futu adjusts automatically and yet still has overrides for fine tuning
  • FutuKnit fabric offers great support and comfort

Further information
Here are links to full reviews:

And here are links to the three previous articles in this series:

  1. Herman Miller top 3 branded office chairs
  2. Steelcase top 3 branded office chairs
  3. Humanscale top 3 branded office chairs

 

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The Trend Towards Self-Adjusting Office Chairs: Why They Don’t Work For Everyone

Have you ever taken your vehicle in for a service and when you went to collect it felt like you just got into the wrong car? What is it about auto mechanics that seems to make them want to set your seat up as though they were racing drivers? It takes ages to get everything back to how you had it, unless you are lucky enough to have a memory button to restore your personal settings.

Self-adjusting chairs are a bit like memory button auto seats because they know how you like to sit.

We’re going to check out these 3 aspects about self-adjusting office chairs:

  1. What exactly is a self-adjusting chair
  2. Who is best suited to a self-adjusting chair
  3. Who will find them to be awkward to use

 

Let’s begin by looking at what exactly a self-adjusting chair is
More and more manufacturers are building in automation to their office chair designs with the idea being that the user no longer has to worry about making endless adjustments to their seat.

Typically this sort of chair senses the user’s weight and movements and the chair’s mechanism moves to support you as you work. This is a good thing because it means that your body maintains a good posture due to the chair moving to support you properly.

Another feature which is becoming more common is the use of advanced polymers and plastics in the chair’s back. This allows the chair back to adapt a much greater level of movement without harsh frame components digging into your body.

Some adjustment will always be necessary like setting the seat height and arm position, however these are largely one off settings. So who will benefit most from these auto-adjusting products?

Who is best suited to a self-adjusting chair?
Most chair manufacturers like the easy life and so consequently design their products to suit the average built person. So what is deemed to be average build?

There are no hard and fast rules, however most use data compiled about members of the military as it is an easy way to categorize the shapes and sizes that people come in.

As a rough guide a self-adjusting chair is probably going to work best for people between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. What if you fall outside these averages?

Is there hope for those of us who are ‘non-average’?
These types of chairs can be something of a challenge for both short built and tall users.

Short built people may find the chair doesn’t move easily as they work in it, especially if they are light framed. Additionally the height adjustment of the seat may not go low enough to allow you to rest your feet properly on the floor. This latter point can be fixed by using an alternative gas lift if available.

Tall users may find the opposite where the chair just seems to move too easily, this will be particularly true for heavier built people. People with very long legs could also find the chair doesn't compensate enough for good leg comfort.

And even if you are of an average build there can still be problems. Many models don't have any form of override or fine-tuning adjustment. If you are the sort of person who likes to adjust things either make sure you look at models with some form of user fine-tuning or stick with a more conventional chair.

Here’s a mistake self-adjusting chair users often fall into
Because an auto-adjusting chair automatically gives you support as you work it’s easy to think you can just spend all day in it and assume it will give your body some magical healthy workout.

In many respects it’s little different to a good quality manually adjustable chair, it just saves you the hassle of tweaking loads of settings.

Consequently, it’s just as important as it always was to get out of your chair several times a day and break up your routine. Doing simple exercises and stretching your legs won’t go away and it’s still important to do both, lest you get lulled in to a false sense of security.

Summary

  • A self-adjusting chair automates many of the mundane adjustments on your chair
  • Average built people are the most likely to benefit from this type of seat
  • Short built and tall people may well find auto-adjusting chairs too inflexible

Here's where you can read more about some great self-adjusting chairs like the HÅG Futu, Humanscale Liberty and Knoll Generation they may well help you get closer to that memory button control found on some autos.

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Generation – New Ergonomic Office Chair from Knoll

The past 6 months has seen a number of quality new office chair launched including HÅG's Futu and Herman Miller's Embody.

The Generation chair by Knoll is due for launch at the beginning of June at this year's NEOCon show.

Indications are this is far from just another office chair, instead a carefully thought through and developed product in conjunction with Formway Design who were involved with knoll's Life chair.

A key point in the chair's design is the high degree of elasticity built into both its frame and unique upholstery so as you change position the chair moves with you supporting every fluctuation to properly support the body's movements.

The Generation looks like an exciting new development from Knoll and as soon as it is fully released I will add a full review of it to the main site.

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Herman Miller Embody Price Reduced HÅG Futu Still Outstanding Value

When Herman Miller launched its new Embody chair online I remarked on this Blog I was taken back at the price tag and felt that given a couple of years the cost would come down.

So I was more than a little surprised to find Miller has now dropped the price by around $200 which means that an Embody fitted with arms is now $1,199 making it a lot closer in price to their popular Aeron chair.

And whilst it's a great chair it is still nearly double the cost of HÅG's new Futu chair, which has to represent outstanding value and would undoubtedly be higher priced if better known.

Not familiar with HÅG? It's been making chairs in Norway for a long time, and was the first chair manufacturer to introduce seat depth adjustment with its Peter Opsvik designed model 2010 way back in 1975.

Incredibly, this vital adjustment for personal leg comfort is still missing from the vast majority of office chairs, needless to say the Futu and Embody both include it.

Follow the links for reviews of both the Embody and Futu chairs.

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HÅG’s New Futu Office Chair Released In US

HÅG's new Futu chair has now been officially launched in the US, it's a great product and is the culmination of 7 years of design input by this Norwegian office seating manufacturer. As more people hear about the Futu it will help to give this under appreciated manufacturer a boost in the North American market.

I've added a full review of the Futu ergonomic office chair in the review section of the site.

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HÅG Futu Office Chair Due for Imminent US Launch

FutuHÅG's new Futu chair already released in Europe is due for launch this month in the US.

The Futu is the result of some 7 years of research by the HÅG design team and at the heart of the chair is its new intelligent seat mechanism called inBalance® designed to make chair adjustment simple and straightforward.

HÅG's enviable reputation for producing environmentally friendly products has been further extended in the Futu making its environmental credentials amongst the best in the office seating industry.

It also promises a revolutionary new upholstery which literally forms itself to the user's body shape for greater comfort.

Once the Futu is launched a full review will be added to the site. This HÅG specialist has preliminary details, photos and indicative pricing.

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