Happy Tripod: Ogle by Esaila

Happy Tripod: Ogle by Esaila

Recent RedDot winner and esteemed member of the three-legged club, Ogle is a functional performer with the advantage of portability.

Ogle front view with wood paneling behind

Since four seems to be the default when it comes to number of legs, Ogle designer Hayo Gebauer is working in rarefied terrain, yet with such venerable company as Hans Wegner, Walter Papst, and Alvaro Uribe, he hasn’t completely gone out on a limb.

Ogle side view near wooden desk

The possible perks of the tripod approach are many and varied: greater variety of sitting positions, enhanced portability, forward orientation to promote participatory body language, and a certain amount of aesthetic freedom.

Ogle front view with white wall behind

Whatever else it might do, a three-legged chair is going to look different; it immediately offers the novelty of visual variation. Ogle capitalizes on this inherent draw with a playful design grounded in the curve. The legs and back are made of tubular steel while the perfectly circular seat is Beech, the materials expressing dynamic interaction and implied movement.

Ogle front/side view on terrazzo floor

Indeed, Ogle embodies a certain kind of energy, not only in the lively forms of the legs and the hovering stasis of the seat, but also in its extensive negative space. The different ways it invites entry and egress are more suggestive of a way-station during movement than of a permanent place to park it. This is both ergonomic and healthful, and something we’re all looking for in a chair these days—a variety of ways to sit and work without getting stuck in the same position. Ogle fits right in with this contemporary paradigm.

Ogle two chairs with partial view of third beneath glass table

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