The main issue I have with the red chairs is the seat is so sculpted and dipped towards the back, with that front part higher, it is extremely uncomfortable to me for my body ergonomics. Then the back is super loose (lean) without major adjusting, which I dislike. More critically, my bad knee hurts because of that front under-pressure after maybe 20 minutes and will pay for that for hours if I stay in them.
(shrug) …So if I’m going to work in the common room for a few hours, usually doing my wire jewelry, I just go fetch one of the stackable black chairs from another room and return when I’m done.
Do I wish we had different chairs? Yeah, because they don’t fit me. BUT I also don’t think there’s a chair made that will make everyone happy.
I think they fit a reasonable number of folks and good grief the decision certainly got beaten to death (and is again) so it is what it is. I have non-average body ergonomics, so I didn’t participate much in the first round of drama since i already know I’m kinda fussy about chairs when buying one personally and finding “just right”. I had a Plan B (the black stackers) if I hated the red ones (yes, as it turns out) so I just do that.
I’m also kind of a believer that if you don’t participate and vote, shouldn’t complain later. I didn’t participate in first process, so haven’t said much other than quietly fetching a black chair to sit in. It’s all good.
Soooo…now that we’re here again, my opinion:
I think original criteria is good.
I’d like flatter, more lightly sculpted seats rather than that deeper dip the red ones have. Size of seat aside (I’ve seen comments for bigger chairs), I’m fine with the size and the weight criteria is reasonable. It’s the deeper sculpting that affects me personally in a negative way.
And most importantly, I’d love us to have samples of top contenders that meet criteria to test-drive before final large buy