The T-Chair is not among the new generation of task chairs we've been looking at recently. Introduced by Vitra sometime around 1998-99 in the US, its based more on the classic shell+pad designs dating back to the Ergon we looked at earlier. But it contains a great deal of the advanced features we've seen in the more recent chairs, and delivered them at an affordable price.
The T-Chair may be discontinued in the US but Vitra seems to be offering it elsewhere. I'm looking into this and will clarify when I know. Lets pick through some of the T-Chair's features.
• Full contoured back. Rather than have a small back pad that adjusts vertically the T-Chair has a tall wide back that accommodates most people comfortably. Its made of a polypropylene shell which is a construction more like the plastic accessory chairs we've looked at recently. Overall its a thinner structure without the thick pad typical of earlier shell+pad chairs.
• Easy to remove and clean upholstery. The covering on both the back and the seat can be easily loosened and removed, literally thrown in the laundry to clean them. The T-Chair gets its name because from the fact that you can toss the covering into the laundry like a t-shirt.
• Multi adjust arms. The arms on the T-Chair are some of the best adjustable arms I've seen. The pads are a large oval, and they can adjust for height, and angle, allowing you to move the pad inward at either the front or back to rest your elbows on. They are also mounted on an en-centric fitting which allows the entire pad to move inward or outward while remaining in any angular position. The only downside, these are loosen/adjust/tighten fittings, no simple press button or lever.
• Forward tilt. The T-Chair included a forward tilt position for intense task work. Again I think this is an important chair feature, great for popping you out of a slouch and into a fresh seating position.
• I have to admit that I think the T-Chair just looks damn cool, so much nicer than a run of the mill two pad chair, a great shaped back gives the chair a very current profile, the funky oval arm pads are very unique, and I love the striped back fabric.
I still see the T-Chair offered by online vendors, and I'm sure there are used units out there for consumption at a bargain, so if you can't pony up for one of the fancy chairs we've looked at to date I want to point you at the T-Chair.