R.I.P. HAG Balans kneeling chair
After 30 years, HAG has decided to discontinue the most popular kneeling chair in the world. Based on the original Peter Opsvik design and one of the first true ergonomic chairs, the HAG Balans was the first kneeling chair to offer a 5-star base which made it attractive to users in a large range of workplaces. Though this decision has brought us to our knees (pun intended), there will always be a special place in our hearts for the HAG Balans. Survived by relatives and happy users around the world, the Balans kneeling concept will live on through the original designs of Peter Opsvik. Below we have included some of our favorite alternatives to help fill the void left by the HAG Balans – please feel free to contact us to share your stories or inquire further about alternative seating and kneeling chairs.
Like its counterpart HAG, Varier was one of the first to bring the kneeling chair concept to users around the world. Originally known as Stokke, Varier manufacturers high-quality kneeling chairs based on the original kneeling chair designs of Peter Opsvik. Ideal for the home or office these seating designs offer comfort and ergonomics for a wide range of users.
The Wing Balans is the chair most closely related to the HAG Balans. A 5-star base with casters makes this chair ideal for office use and standard tasking. The Wing Balans has an adjustable seat height and adjustable knee pads to accommodate a varying range of users. Peter Opsvik has issued a press release recommending the Varier Wing Balans as the ideal replacement for the HAG Balans.
The Variable Balans chair features two wooden runners to promote a natural curvature of the spine. The gentle rocking and movement of the body aids in circulation and awareness leading to increased energy levels and improved productivity. A back option is also available for those who may spend longer periods of time in their chair.
The Multi Balans has four "stepped" height adjustments for different users or for varying work stations. Collapsible and light-weight, the Multi Balans can easily be transported between different locations.
We understand these options may not be able to replace the love some loyalists may have for their current Balans chairs. If you have an older HAG Balans chair that is beginning to show its age, give us a call, we will do everything we can to help get your chair back in working order.