Bringing personality to the table

The Keyn Chair Group, designed by the London firm forpeople, is a collection of meeting and side chairs for collaborative spaces with a sliding one-piece seat-and-back shell that offers immediate comfort.

Observations of meetings showed that people continuously shift in their seats, leaning forward or stretching back, typically up to 57 times an hour, so early on in the process the designers knew they wanted the chair to move. People expect movement in their task chair, so it made perfect sense that a chair for collaborative spaces should support and respond to those movements too.

Fully upholstered dark blue Keyn chair with four-star base, viewed from an angle.
Profile view of a stackable black Keyn side chair with a four-leg base.

Visually, Keyn is one chair with many personalities. It uses four key parts to create every model in the group, so each retains universal appeal marked by an array of base and upholstery options. Keyn Chairs can stand out independently but can also work in harmony as a family.

The fully upholstered version offers additional comfort and creates an opportunity for an optional color accent to show through the perforation in the back.

Close-up of the back of an off white Keyn chair with polished aluminum base, white arms, and black accent color.

“The premise of forpeople has always been about understanding people in their everyday lives—and using that knowledge to drive our design.”

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