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12 Comfortable and Stylish Black Desk Chairs That Will Elevate Your Workspace

Keep it classic with these sophisticated additions to your home office.

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These elegant black office chairs will never go out of fashion. Whether you prefer wheels, leather upholstery, or want to lean into lower back support, we’ve gathered some outstanding seating options designed to fit various spaces and styles.

Herman Miller Sayl Chair

With a ventilated back for air circulation and tilt limiter that lets you adjust tension and range to your liking, this chair accomplishes a great deal with only the essentials. “I knew that creating a work chair is one of design’s greatest challenges, an intimidating project in every possible way,” says Swiss designer Yves Béhar. “There is no place to hide in a chair. Every part serves a structural or tactile purpose.” The Sayl chair is 90 percent recyclable.


Knoll Pollock Executive Chair

The epitome of midcentury sophistication, Charles Pollock’s Executive Chair (1963) is scaled for comfort. Pollock, who worked in George Nelson’s office after graduating from the Pratt Institute, was recognized by Florence Knoll for his unique talent. His Executive Chair is considered one of Knoll’s most recognizable designs, distinguished by an aluminum rim that supports the ergonomic seat and back both visually and structurally. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in USA.


Herman Miller Setu Chair, With Arms

The Setu Chair (2009) has a patented kinematic spine that connects the back and seat into one continuous support. Inspired by nature with its spiraling nautilus shell shape and contours, this spine conforms to yours without the need for any manual adjustments or complicated lumbar supports. Its seat and back are made with Lyris elastomer, an innovative material that distributes your weight evenly by stretching in all directions. This is the authentic Setu Chair by Herman Miller.


Noho Move - Ironsand

Meet a chair that brings a new kind of comfort to everyday life with its unique versatility and dynamic, an earth-friendly design that enriches your home, your well-being, and our planet.


Herman Miller Caper Multipurpose Chair

The Caper Multipurpose Chair delivers exceptional performance at an affordable price. A single knob controls adjustable height and tilt, and the contoured, molded polypropylene back and Flexnet seat are perforated with holes to help maintain body temperature during long periods of sitting. The chair’s small footprint and casters allow for easy portability, making it a versatile choice for a variety of occasions. Made in USA.


Branch Task Chair

With sleek contours and intuitive design, the Branch Task Chair delivers premium ergonomics in a simple, affordable package. A high back and translucent nylon weave create breathable comfort for hours of work, while height-adjustable armrests reduce fatigue. The locking EasyAdjust lever makes configuring seat tilt and height easy. The high-density seat cushion evenly distributes weight up to 275 pounds, while a padded lumbar rest positions your back for optimal posture.


Herman Miller Aeron Chair

When Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick designed the Aeron Chair (1994), they combined a deep knowledge of human-centered design with cutting-edge technology to create a chair unlike any other. In 2016, Don Chadwick evolved Aeron with 20 years’ research in the science of sitting, as well as advancements in materials. Every component of Aeron is designed to maintain proper alignment and balance, no matter the sitting position. The patented PostureFit SL hardware provides adjustable spinal support that helps your body mimic its strongest posture: standing, chest open, and pelvis tilted slightly forward. From upright and active to a deep recline, Aeron’s state-of-the-art Harmonic 2 tilt mechanism moves with you naturally and supports your entire range of movement. Fine-tune Aeron even further with its fully adjustable arms, seat height, depth, and recline. Is it any wonder that more than seven million Aeron Chairs have been sold worldwide?


Geiger Saiba Chair

Celebrating the virtues of simple design, the Saiba Chair (2016) is right at home wherever elegant seating is needed. Its comfortable, lounge-like bucket seat is crafted with gentle curves and fine tailoring, while a swiveling, height-adjustable base completes the look of this familiar form. Made in USA.


Stua Gas Task Chair

Jesús Gasca set out to design a chair with light, fluid lines resolved at every curve and edge. The result is the timeless and eminently versatile Gas Task Chair (2012). This chair cradles the body with no hard angles or sharp corners, and the wheels automatically unlock when you sit in the swiveling, height-adjustable seat. Made in Spain.


Herman Miller Eames Aluminum Group Chair, Management

The Eames Aluminum Group Collection (1958) began as a special project for Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard, who needed seating for a home they were designing for industrialist J. Irwin Miller in Columbus, Indiana. The pair asked the Eameses to design light and mobile leisure chairs. At the time, the duo were exploring ways to use aluminum, which had been strengthened, refined, and made more affordable since WWII. So, they constructed a lightweight, die-cast aluminum frame and set a sling in it—a “sitting pocket,” as they called it, which subtly conformed to the body’s shape. This completely new type of seat marked a departure from the idea of a chair as solid shell.


Herman Miller Embody Chair

Specifically designed for people who spend stretches of time sitting in front of a computer, the Embody Chair (2008) promotes correct posture while allowing the freedom to move. The expertise of more than 20 physicians and PhDs in the fields of biomechanics, vision, physical therapy, and ergonomics guided its development. The result is a backrest and seat that automatically conform to your body’s micromovements, providing consistent ergonomic support in both forward and reclined positions. Embody’s Pixelated Support system distributes your weight evenly, creating a sense that you are floating. The support reduces pressure and encourages movement, both of which are key to maintaining focus and healthy circulation. Mimicking the human body, the chair’s narrow back has a central spine and flexible ribs. A Backfit adjustment controls them, allowing you to position the backrest in line with your spine’s natural curve so that you have a neutral, balanced posture. Embody’s seat features four different support layers. Together, they mold to your shape while allowing for airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable as you sit. A pneumatic seat lift and repositionable chair arms help you further tailor Embody to your specifications. Embody is made of 42 percent recycled materials and is 95 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life. It also is PVC-free and manufactured at a 100 percent-green-energy facility. This is the authentic Embody Chair by Herman Miller.


Knoll Generation Chair

Generation by Knoll combines holistic ergonomics with unparalleled elastic design. The Flex Back fuses two innovative elements—the high performance elastomer Flex Back Net and a distinctive figure eight structure—which together support many different postures and allow for multidimensional movement throughout the workday. The curvature of the structure combined with the specific tension, pattern, and unique properties of the Net enables side-to-side flex and ensures optimal, localized support for the shoulders and lumbar region.


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