Six Degrees Of Saddle Chairs

A'Quila | February 10, 2017
People sitting at a picnic table with ILOA saddle chair FullyPeople sitting at a picnic table with ILOA saddle chair Fully

So, saddle chairs; what's up with those? Saddle seats have come a long way from a literal riding saddle slung over a hunk of wood. Indeed, many modern saddle seats barely resemble their equestrian cousins and, honestly, that’s probably for the best.

Modern saddle seats run the gamut from pretty darn saddle-y to Kevin Bacon, but they’re all targeting a similar posture to that of a riding saddle. The wide stance and extended legs create a unique seating experience, opening the angles at your hips and knees, and encouraging the spine into a healthy s-curve.

And, like riding, saddle seats can take some getting used to. No, you probably won’t come away with saddle sores, but if you don’t take it easy you may find yourself doing the cowboy walk for a day or two. So to start out, try using the saddle seat for about 15 - 20 minutes at a time, with good breaks in between. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.

Vinyl saddle chairs are particularly useful for medical professionals, who need their hands free, and benefit from the extra height and easy maneuverability that a saddle affords. In addition, the vinyl is easily sterilized, making the classic Bambach and Salli saddles ideal for healthcare applications.

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Photo by Roger van de Kimmenade

Of course those same saddles can just as easily be used in non-medical settings, but for home or office use, you might prefer something with a bit more style, like the handsome, wood-and-wool design of the ILOA Saddle from Finnish design company myKolme. The ILOA is a truly beautiful creation that’s also good for your spine!

And Saddle meets yoga ball in the ever-exuberant Swopper Saddle. It’s another option that’s not quite at home in medical settings (too much fun) but is great for home or office. It’s a truly active seating option, that responds to your body’s shifting weight, and can’t fail to keep you engaged.

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ILOA Saddle Chair
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Swopper Saddle

At the extreme, Kevin Bacon end of the spectrum, the simplest versions of saddle chairs are basically just upholstered triangles, like the Varier Move Stool. And in a total multi-tool maneuver, the Capisco family incorporates a saddle into a fully functional, super versatile chair, for those of us who don’t want to go all saddle all the time.

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Varier Move Stool

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Artist on Varier Move Stool

Woman sitting on red Capisco saddle seat chair Woman sitting on red Capisco saddle seat chair

Capisco Puls Chair used as a saddle