What is a cantilever chair?
What today has found its way into the German language under the term Freischwinger, but also into many offices, conference rooms, dining rooms or waiting rooms, is still called "cantilever chair" in professional circles.
The cantilever chair is a piece of seating furniture that does not stand on four legs, but thanks to a tubular construction bent into an almost S-shape, manages without rear legs. This is also called a sledge shape because the frame is bent like sledge runners. When you sit on cantilever chairs, they swing, sway or bounce slightly backwards. Hence the name cantilever! Whereas the first so-called cantilever chair was rather rigidly constructed and did not have the flexible swinging suspension.
Who invented the cantilever chair?
The authorship is still disputed today. What is certain, however, is that the Dutch architect Mart Stam presented the first chair model without back legs under the name Kragstuhl. Although the chair looked similar to the cantilever chair we know today, it was not yet very flexible. Only a short time later, other designers also pounced on the idea of a cantilever chair and today we know many models in numerous versions and variants: with seats and covers in real leather or imitation leather in numerous colours, with armrests, without armrests, as stainless steel cantilever chairs and of course also in chrome. There are even cantilever chairs with upholstered seats or with a wooden construction. And as many cantilever chairs as there are, there are also many legal disputes about who can call the seating furniture their invention.
What should you look for when buying a cantilever chair?
As cantilever chairs are available in many price ranges, when buying one should first consider for what purpose one needs the chair: as a conference chair, for the office, for the waiting area or at home at the dining room table. Conference chairfor the office, for the waiting area, the lounge or at home at the dining room table. For some people, the question of how many kilograms or body weight a cantilever chair can support is certainly also important.
Last but not least, the seating comfort and the sitting posture that the chair allows is of course decisive. You should also be able to sit comfortably for a longer period of time. Many cantilever chairs only allow the normal sitting position - with the back against the backrest. However, there are also models, such as Oyo from Aeris, which allow every conceivable sitting position and on which you can sit forwards, sideways and backwards. This makes Aeris Oyo more than just a cantilever chair, namely also a rocking chair and saddle chair and therefore fits just as well in the conference room as at the dining table at home. However, Aeris Oyo is not only ergonomically well thought-out, it also shines technically with a double tubular steel construction in the frame or the plastic shell made of high-quality polyamide with glass-fibre reinforcement and, on top of that, is load-bearing up to 120 kg. Thanks to the many colours - beige-grey, black-grey, red, blue, green - you can also set wonderful colour accents with Aeris Oyo.