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Teknion Contessa


$1,470.00 Released July, 2003

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Modern chair controls - most used height and tilt adjustments are found under the arm rests. Highly configurable colours, fabrics and chair options. Variety of ergonomic customizations - lumbar height and depth, back tilt, tension control, arm height / pivots etc...

The Cons:Expensive. Arms are not adjustable forward/back or outward to the sides.

A high end  task chair, the Teknion Contessa provides buyers unparalleled comfort and control of their seating position. Highly customizable, the chair and its accessories range in price from $1470 - $1670 Canadian.

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Pros
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    modern chair controls - most used height and tilt adjustments are found under the arm rests

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    highly configurable colours, fabrics and chair options

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    variety of ergonomic customizations - lumbar height and depth, back tilt, tension control, arm height / pivots etc...

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    attractive aesthetics

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    great warranty (lifetime with the exception of 10-years for the seating mechanism and pneumatic cylinder)

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    synchro-tilt: 2.8:1 ratio

Cons
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    expensive

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    arms are not adjustable forward/back or outward to the sides

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Yale
Yale: #teknion_contessa Ever since I've gotten this chair I've been spotting chairs in TV shows all over the place. Liz Lemon sits in an Aeron, and the conference room at Ari's agency is full of Contessas.
May 9, 09
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Yale
Yale: #teknion_contessa

Syncro-tilt (a Global/Teknion term used for their specific mechanism) automatically adjusts the angle of both back and seat at the specified ratio. This keeps things easy, while improving comfort and back support when people recline. I honestly don't know whether or not this is a huge deal when it comes to ergonomics/comfort - maybe a passing chair expert can comment.

If I didn't want such a sweet deal (which fell into my lap) / all mesh / a [sexy looking] chair geared towards my type of work, I would also consider a chair with what Global calls a multi-tilter, which is like the manual transmission of chair mechanisms. It allows you to customize both your back angle and seat angle independently.

Honestly, its a cool piece of tech built in, but it didn't really sell me on the chair. If you're usually in the upright position while working, and your time is worth a lot / you like to change your position often, this is probably the mechanism for you. Overall, however, you should base your chair choice on other ergonomic/economic/aesthetic considerations - that is, unless I'm mistaken/uninformed of the true genius of the thing.

As soon as I truly get used to the chair I'll post a full review. My pros/cons will probably change as well.

May 6, 09
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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: Well, Yale, it's 2012: what's your verdict? Nov 12, 12

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: I'm also interested in read a full review about this chair. Jul 27, 13

Erik
Erik: #teknion_contessa what does "synchro-tilt: 2.8:1 ratio" mean? May 6, 09
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