The SILQ chair by Steelcase

Specifications

Through innovation in materials science and a patent-pending process, Steelcase designers and engineers created a new high-performance polymer material that emulates the qualities of carbon fibre at a mass market price. This material, combined with the sensuous curves of the design, allows SILQ to respond to natural movements of the human body without the use of mechanisms typically required in high-performance seating designed for the workplace. The result is a chair that behaves more like an organism than a machine – a new archetype in office seating.

It is available in the following options

Arms

  • With arms
  • Without arms

Height

  • Chair
  • Stool

Glides or Casters

Features

The SILQ chair (pronounced silk) is a breakthrough in seating design. Its innovative materiality is both mechanism and artistry, and delivers a personal experience by responding to the unique movements of your body. The performance is intuitive. It responds to the natural movement of the human body. With work being more dynamic then ever—we need a chair that’s minimal, versatile and suited for beautiful spaces. SILQ supports work in collaborative meeting spaces, conference rooms, nomadic benching environments and touchdown spaces.

Product video

A chair we believe truly transforms seating design. When you sit down and recline, SILQ responds to the natural movement of your body, making you feel like you’re a part of it. And to keep things simple, it only has one manual adjustment for seat height. The rest of the outputs of the chair are based on the inputs you provide.

Insights

SILQ is designed for the way people work today. People at work are moving from one space to another and are less likely to sit at an assigned desk all day. They have less time to adjust mechanisms and need a chair that is intuitive to use. The way SILQ responds to a person’s posture and stature is unique to each user because of the way the materiality, design and motion of the human body come together. Height is the only adjustment necessary for a tailored and unique experience. The simplicity of this chair means anyone who sits in SILQ is going to be supported and delighted no matter where or how they are working.

Design story

The creators of this chair took inspiration from aerospace, the motion of a high performance prosthetic leg and sculpture, among other things, to understand how the combination of advanced materials and shape could create a simple system that is incredibly thin, extremely strong and highly responsive. Their team had a vision for an entirely new way to design an office chair. They imagined replacing the hundreds of parts needed for a fully adjustable task chair with a simple system, where the material becomes the mechanism. The team invented a new material and manufacturing process resulting in a high-performance polymer that behaves like carbon fiber.

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