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Navailles, the posture expert

Navailles is a major player in office seating and medical chairs that has become a leading expert on posture. As an innovative company with a human dimension, our mission is to support you in your daily well-being at work.

Since 1966, we have been inventing seating solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Our products are designed and manufactured locally in order to maintain optimal manufacturing quality, but also with the idea of defending a unique French expertise.

French Manufacture committed to well-being since 1966

In 1966, Navailles manufactured its first office chairs which already featured armrests. In 1981, our first ergonomic medical chair was launched. The 1980s and 1990s saw the development of computers and the Internet. We then adapted our range of chairs for prolonged sitting periods: the backrest extended for better lumbar support and the polyurethane padding offered great seating comfort. In all these years, we have never ceased to design and manufacture our products locally to maintain optimal manufacturing quality, but also with the idea of defending unique French expertise. Today, Navailles has thus developed 5 specific areas to adapt to the needs of each professional: Office, Medical, Laboratory, Production and Masks.

A partner you can trust

Conscientious and transparent, Navailles makes it a point of honour to respect its commitments in terms of comfort and safety in particular.. The labels and certifications (ISO, NF, etc) that we have been awarded are there to testify to our efforts and the compliance of our products with French and European standards. We are always focused on customer satisfaction and believe in a participative design that includes feedback from our customers so we can always to keep closer to their needs.

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The history of Navailles

Beginnings in cycling

The story of Navailles began in Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes region in 1958 with an idea that had nothing to do with the technical chair: the manufacture of bicycle frames. Deep in his garage Robert Navailles, a cycling enthusiast, set out to equip the best riders.One thing led to another, and Robert Navailles diversified thanks to his mastery of steel tube bending. He then found himself producing custom-made furniture to meet the needs of a post-war France that was discovering the joys of consumerism.

1966

Emboldened by his skills of working with cycles, Robert Navailles officially founded the Navailles company with his two sons.

The family business specialises in the manufacture of office chairs. The 44 series was the first to leave the workshops. By meeting the needs of a high-end clientele, it paved the way for over 60 years of development.

1970

May 1968 was a revolution for students, but also for women, whobecame emancipated through work.

In the 1970s, companies began to use typewriters, creating new ergonomic needs. Young women were destined to become shorthand typists. Navailles then proposed its CD series specially designed to meet the conditions of use of these new secretaries.

1978

Parisian nights increase notoriety.

We used them to launch our first ‘custom’ projects with the renovation of the Lido to provide, with our P55 lounge chair, a comfortable and modular setting for the spectators of the famous cabaret.

1981

Far from the glamour and craziness of Paris (no other way to put it...),

our design office developed the first medical chair. The FG 01 was a geriatric chair that would be the basis for the development of our entire medical and health range.

1985

The first computers (which were more like a minitel) entered the corporate world.

The first computers (which were more like a minitel) entered the corporate world. We then wanted to offer a range of ergonomic office chairs in response to a new need. To do this, we worked with leading designers and furniture manufacturers. Our luxurious 950 series was born and quickly became a must-have.

At the same time, after several tests and numerous anatomical studies, Navailles brought out the 900 series for the medical sector, which became a benchmark in terms of comfort and ergonomics. The comfort was optimum and our products used in advertisements.

1991

Finally! The Internet appeared and computers became more sophisticated.

With them, the roles within companies changed: executives become managers and secretaries become assistants. We then launched the 360 Varisoft, Varius and Varilight series to adapt our chairs to the new working conditions.

1995

The medical sector and so the hospital environment changed.

We kept pace with the F3450 adjustable height medical chair. It made it easier for medical staff to provide care and improved patient comfort.

2007

Christophe Michaud took up management of Navailles and shook up the routine.

He set the goal of becoming the leader in the world of healthcare furniture. He then focused on developing products that combine technology, ergonomics, comfort and design.

2008

To limit its environmental impact, Navailles adopted a ‘paperless’ approach

and abandoned printed catalogues. At the same time, we worked on the eco-design of our products that use less polluting materials and require less water.

2010

Thanks to the work undertaken by Christophe Michaud,

we have become the European leader in the medical chair market within the space of 3 years.

2017

We are embarked on a genuine digital transformation by developing our first online 3D configurator.

You can easily configure and accessorise your Navailles chair directly on our website. What is more, a simple click enables you to explore the possibilities of our products in your workspace through an augmented reality application!

2021

Arrival of our e-shop

Remote, a current organizational model, has led us to offer individuals and companies an online store with a selection of professional office chairs that guarantee comfort and ergonomics adapted to this new work mode.
2022

Nous obtenons le Label Origine France Garantie sur une large sélection de nos fauteuils médicalisés.

Fraichement obtenu, ce Label certifie de manière indépendante notre engagement industriel et offre à nos clients une totale transparence sur la conception de nos produits.
Ce gage évident de qualité récompense les 80 personnes qualifiées qui oeuvrent au quotidien dans notre atelier landais.

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