This is the age of distributed working. Today’s workforce operates from dedicated home workspaces, dynamic office environments and, in many cases, both, navigating different settings depending on the needs of their task, team and timetable.
This flexibility is thanks to a huge range of options for colour and material customisation, combined with a lightweight construction that makes the chair easy to manoeuvre between spaces. A single seat, for every setting.
“There is such a huge demand for a chair that fits in with your life, does not take up too much space and works just as well in your home office as in an actual office,” says Oscar Narud, of Norwegian-born, London based design studio Hunting & Narud.
True to Flokk’s long tradition of design collaborations, HÅG Tion is the product of an extraordinary four-way joint effort between the Flokk in-house design team, and three highly revered design studios: Oslo’s Anderssen & Voll; Swiss designers BIGGAME; and London-based Norwegians Hunting & Narud.
Following extensive research into modern workspaces and home-working behaviours, the international team developed a task-chair concept that was aesthetically and ergonomically refined, easily adaptable to suit any interior style, built for durability and longevity, and – thanks to its neat frame and small footprint – suited to even the most compact of home-working set-ups.
Each studio brought its own distinctive approach, perspective and skillset to the project. BIG-GAME brought their central-European sensibility and a playful touch, and were instrumental in incorporating movement and flexibility into the design.
Renowned Scandinavian duo Andersen & Voll offered extensive practical expertise in furniture design and a deep understanding of form and refinement. Norwegian expats Hunting & Narud have a reputation for strong narratives, crafted aesthetics, and eye for colour and material fluency. The influences of all three are immediately visible in the final product, combining with Flokk’s own creative vision to produce a unique chair greater than the sum of its constituents.
The HÅG Tion will be available in a combination of wood, plastic and aluminium components, with or without armrests and upholstery and in a wide range of colours, styles and finishes. This provides the freedom for the user to create designs that suit personal style or any interior environment.
Given the need for the chair to suit both home environments and offices, the design team have ensured the HÅG Tion is more aesthetically customisable than is usual in the field of workspace furniture.
Seven colours of recycled plastic are available for the back and seat, along with five colours of aluminium finishes and a vast array of upholstery options – including textile finishes from Kvadrat, Gabriel, Camira and Norway’s heritage wool manufacturer Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik.
This gives the user almost endless scope to customise the chair with colours and textures that suit their own sense of style – optimising their workspace in whatever way they feel is most personally inspiring and productive, and elevating task furniture to the level of design associated with private homes.
As well as giving individuals the freedom to choose colour combinations that improve their focus and mood, the HÅG Tion features the trademark HÅG inBalance movement mechanism, an ergonomic feature providing comfort while encouraging movement and variations in posture, allowing the chair to move with the user’s body, helping them to stay active and mobile without compromising productivity.
HÅG Tion continues Flokk’s ongoing mission to push the boundaries of sustainable design. The use of colour-sorted post-consumer plastics marks a major breakthrough for the brand, allowing Flokk to broaden its plastic colour palette – previously limited to black – to include a range of different shades.
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