Swing
Peter Opsvik Wednesday 04 Sep 2013

For decades Peter Opsvik has aimed to inspire people to new, more dynamic ways of sitting. The Peter Opsvik studio has a strong focus on product design as a means for solving real-life problems. Their core competences are furniture design, interior design, ergonomics, environmental oriented solutions, engineering and communication. The studio works both independently and in close collaboration with major manufacturers, such as HÅG and Stokke.

The Swing chair is inspired by the notion that people prefer movement to remaining motionless when our surroundings are conducive to it, and takes the playground swing as its starting point. The chair is made of beech and is suspended by ropes from the ceiling or a simple pyramid- shaped framework, with the height and tilt of the seat adjustable using its ropes and plates. The Swing (when suspended from the ceiling) uses just one tenth of the environmental load of a comparable working chair. According to the designer this “Factor 10” reduction in consumption of resources will become necessary in industrialized countries in order to achieve global sustainability in the next 30 to 50 years and is an area of great concern to Peter and his team.

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designer biog

Peter Opsvik

Peter Opsvik works together with seven colleagues in his studio. Although Peter Opsvik comes up with most of the basic concepts, the work of translating his raw idea into a finished, manufacturable product is a team effort. The studio has a strong focus on product design as a mean for solving real-life problems. Core competence is furniture design, interior design, ergonomics, environmental oriented solutions, engineering and communication. The studio works both independently and in close collaboration with major manufacturers, such as Hag and Stokke.