Tired of chunky and often downright hideous chairs for the office? There’s no need to compromise on aesthetics when you’ve got a list like ours. These thirty stylish office chairs bring elegance to your home or workplace – with a few ergonomic benefits up their sleeves. Match a white and bright work interior with a swivel chair in white leather, propped up on rose gold. Create a beautiful wooden cubby seat, in one smooth panel that has no need for nails. Be futuristic, with an ergonomic chair featuring mesh, tilt recliners and roller wheels. Update your office in fine form, with our top thirty picks for comfortable and contemporary office chairs.
About A Chair Upholstered With Wood Base: Let beech wood legs and curved polypropylene hold your form. These elegant, cloth-covered cubby chairs can work in the lounge, dining room or office, and are available in four colours. Change the legs to black-stained oak to match a darker interior.
About A Chair (Swivel Option): After a swivelling option? This swinging incarnation from the About A Chair series features a cast aluminium base and powder-coated finish. Add comfort with a cushion fixed to its black or white seat, or check out About A Chair’s other options to select your own twist.
Eames-Style Molded Plastic Chair: Looking for two? This twin set of Eames replica chairs come with moulded polypropylene seats and dowel wooden legs, in two ensembles you can set up easily. Protect your floor with their plastic protectors, and stand them up behind the desk to see their Eiffel supports. Choose from eight colour ways to complement your home office.
Eames Plastic Armchair PACC: Love the sound of rolling wheels over hardwood? This Eames-style chair, modelled after the first industrially-produced chair in the world, is made for hard floors. Buy its black or white version, with a handy height adjustment underneath.
Tulip-Style Chair: Dare to be different with your office chair. This futuristic white pod with aluminium base is sure to make a splash in the office, with its ABS plastic seat and 17 cushion colour options.
Kartell Masters-Style Chair: This golden dream of an office chair is not just a pretty face. Winner of the 2015 Gold Dot and 2010 Good Design Awards, its designers Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet fused three chair functions to create its form. Stackable, outdoor-friendly and boasting a range of five colours, it’ll be a unique addition to any home or office.
Casper-Style Home Office Chair: Casper chairs are timeless. Use this clear, injection-moulded version for your office, or choose from nine other colours for bolder interiors.
Panton S-Style Chair: There’s nothing more eye-catching than a one-piece chair. Surprise and delight your workplace while sitting on its ABS-constructed, white, black, red or blue form. Its ergonomic shape helps you sit straighter, too.
Trattoria Arm Chair: Looking for an office chair to match your industrial home decor? This electric-plated metal find doesn’t mark the floor and requires minimal assembly time. Stack its commercial-grade form under an industrial desk, or below our pictured star-stencil clock.
Flow Chair: Jean Marie Massaud’s combo of a polyurethane shell and natural, bleached or brown oak legs adds a stylish addition to your home office. Look out for its hidden swivel, reduced height and inner upholstery options, which offer a comfortable place to view tiny shelf satellites in your space decor office.
Muuto Cover Chair: Your choice of lacquered ash or oak veneer twists to form this contemporary chair – without using metal parts. Copenhagen designer Thomas Bentzen spent three years in its construction, now offered for sale in five matte shades.
Muuto Visu Sled Base Chair: Another design by Danish brand Muuto, this sled base chair has inspired many similar looks since. Colour its oak veneer seat and stainless steel legs in four muted hues, for a timeless addition to the bedroom, dining room or office.
Nelson Swag Leg Arm Chair: First conceived in 1958, George Nelson’s famous chair was built with Charles and Ray Eames’ plastic patents. Now made of recyclable polypropylene, this white version offers an American-made seat with air circulation and armrests.
Serta Valetta Upholstered Home Office Chair: Want a higher level of comfort, with a handy swivel function? These beautifully-upholstered finds use memory foam cushioning, finishing their stainless steel legs with chrome. Adjust the height underneath for a perfect working accessory.
Colorful Desk Chairs: After something cheap and cheerful for the kids? Made in bright pink, blue, purple or green, these simple ergonomic designs allow breathability through their backs, swivels in their roller stands, and height adjustment underneath.
Baxton Elia Clear Acrylic Swivel Office Chair: Get pure sophistication atop your swivel. This undulating clear acrylic piece sits upon height-adjustable steel, for a contemporary design to suit any interior.
Muuto Swivel Base Fiber Armchair: Think of the environment when buying your next office chair. Made of completely recyclable plastic and wooden fibres, designer duo Iksos-Berlin sought a clear shape incorporating a back, seat and armrests all in one. Choose from nine colour combination options.
Curved Wooden Home Office Chair: After something in natural wood? This chrome steel creation features a height adjustment lever and six wheels, to roll you quickly to the filing cabinets.
Kartell Spoon Desk Chair: Design and comfort meet in the middle, with this specially-made office chair. Mimicking the shape of a spoon, this 2007 Good Design Award winner features roller wheels, a height-adjustment handle, and specifically-labelled recyclable materials.
Meelano M347 White & Rose Gold Leather Office Chair: Want a dose of pure office luxury? This Italian, soft, white leather dream snakes rose gold armrests around its sides and back, leading down to an adjustment handle and five easy-to-move wheels.
Stylish Black & Brown Mesh Desk Chair: Ergonomic enthusiasts will enjoy this vinyl office chair with breathable mesh back. Its sponge seating, tension-controlled tilter and flip-up arms are paired with ultra-handy height adjustment levers and wheels.
Eames-Style Group Management Chair: Combine style and function in premium Italian leather. Available in five hues on a polished aluminium frame, it features tilt locks and tensioning, a 360-degree swivel and adjustable height levers – with modern office savvy.
Eames-Style Group Executive Chair: Take your chair comfort up a level. The Executive version features a full-length, leather-upholstered back, an aluminium frame and added durability – with the Management style’s ergonomic benefits.
Langria Mid-Back Mesh Chair: Add a splash of colour to your work or home office. This white and lime sensation lines mesh up its back, pads its seat with cotton, props your neck up on a headrest, and lets you swivel, height-adjust and roll with abandon. Choose from three colours.
Merax Reclining Desk Chair With Extendable Foot Rest: Get a sneaky snooze in between meetings. Leather-upholstered and meeting ANSI and BIFMA ergonomic standards, this chair reclines to be almost horizontal. Padded armrests, a slide-out footrest and wheels make this chair the perfect fit for the office addict.
Herman Miller Sayl Task Chair: Combine a futuristic look with top-of-the-line functionality. This triangular mesh-backed chair, available in black or white, offers the perfect back support – with a 12-year warranty.
Herman Miller Mirra 2: Need more chair features? Another from the Herman Miller range, this turquoise seat offers a tilting back, adjustable arms and seat, and lower back support.
Herman Miller Aeron Chair: What does almost two hundred dollars extra afford from Herman Miller? Specialised ergonomics for those between 5”3 and 6”6 inches tall, back support across eight zones of tension, and individual pads creating a perfect S curve for your working spine.
Herman Miller Embody Chair: The absolute top of the range, the Embody chair stimulates blood and oxygen flow, reduces spine compression and keeps you cool – no matter how long you sit.
Steelcase Gesture Chair: If we are to recommend one from this super ergonomic lot it would be the Steelcase Gesture chair which even one ups the Herman Miller chairs in terms of customisability. Even the angle of the arm rests can be controlled precisely.
Watch a video on the features of the Steelcase Gesture here.