Fern Executive Chair

Meet our best-selling chair for total back support, researched and certified by experts. Fern responds to every movement to give you complete comfort, from your neck all the way down.


Inspired by the natural flexibility of a fern leaf, this chair evenly distributes weight as you move to help relieve pressure. At its core is our patented Wave Suspension system, which mimics the human spine and cradles your body in comfort.

To create Fern, our designers partnered with the Human Performance Institute at Western Michigan University, where we conducted comfort studies with experts in biomechanics, physical therapy, and kinesiology.

Not only is this chair good for you, it’s good for the planet too. With GREENGUARD Gold® certification, Fern is independently tested to be free from over 10,000 chemicals to help contribute to cleaner air in your home.

  • Adjustable Seat Height
  • 4D Arms
  • Adjustable Seat Depth
  • Back Stop
  • Headrest
  • Forward Tilt
  • Optional Height-Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Soft Casters
  • Tilt Tension


  • Overall Height: 45"-53"
  • Overall Width: 29"
  • Overall Depth: 28.5"
  • Seat Height: 16.5"-21.5"
  • Seat Width: 19.9"
  • Seat Depth: 15.5"-18.5"
  • Arm Height: 6.7"-11.5"
  • Warrantied for people up to 325 lbs.


How to Adjust & Care For Fern

  • Vacuum your chair as needed.
  • For additional cleaning, use a solution of lukewarm water and mild detergent (about 10%). Gently apply in a circular motion, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.


Choose from breathable mesh, our zero-waste digital knit, or soft vegan leather. Mesh lets air pass through to naturally regulate body temperature. Our signature digital knit is knit to fit each chair using custom-fiber fabric. For a luxe look, choose our semi-aniline leather — it’s soft, durable, and easy to clean.

Shipping, Setup, & Returns


Free ground shipping.


Your chair will arrive fully assembled except for the headrest, which you’ll need to install in two easy steps. Instructions are included in the box.

Watch the installation video.


Free returns if initiated within 30 days of receipt.

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BIFMA Certified
Comfort Award
Sustainably Made
12 year warranty
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All the adjustments for every body.


Cradle your lower back with Fern’s built-in support. Or add even more with an optional adjustment that moves in a 3.5" range.

Forward Tilt

Angle the seat downward by 5° to support a forward-leaning posture — perfect for focused tasks. 

Seat Height

Adjust the seat up and down depending on your height. Your knees should be at a 90° angle with your feet flat on the floor.

Tilt Tension

Adjust how much force is necessary to recline in your chair.

4D Arms

Move each arm up and down, side to side, front to back, and in and out for superior neck and shoulder support.

Fern in the wild, WFH edition.

We play favorites. And Fern is one.

Comfort Study Winner

An independent ergonomics consulting firm evaluated four task chairs: Fern and three competitors. Each chair was pressure-map tested for its ability to flex and support users in five postures that are common while working. The clear winner? Fern, reported “most comfortable” by all.

Genuinely Sustainable

Fern is 95% recyclable. That means almost the entire chair can be broken down to be recycled — and it’s designed for easy disassembly, so recycling is hassle free. Additionally, we don’t use PVC, heavy metals, or flame retardants to make any of our chairs.

GREENGUARD Gold® Certified

Fern is independently tested to be free from over 10,000 chemicals to help contribute to cleaner air in your home. It’s considered the most stringent standard for ensuring products are low in VOC emissions, which can lead to healthier indoor environments. Short for volatile organic compounds, VOCs are chemicals emitted as gasses into the air. The most common exposure is in our homes.

Patented 3-Part System

We took cues from the flexibility of a fern leaf to design this chair’s exclusive three-part system — and it’s a total innovation in human body support. Fern’s stem, fronds, and cradle work in harmony to support every flex, twist, and motion you use through the day.


Customer Reviews

Based on 427 reviews
Daniel Klob
Solid Quality

I was nervous about pulling the trigger on an expensive purchase like this sight unseen. Sure, I’d done my research but still. In hindsight I’m glad I bit the bullet. My fern has gotten even more comfortable the more I settle into it. The build quality is top tier, and contrary to all the factory fern headrest haters, I’m glad I went for it. If you want a pillow-like headrest, it won’t be for you. If you want something that cradles your neck and holds your head when you lean back, it gets the job done. Looking forward to many years with my Fern. Thanks Haworth!

David Pike
Worth it.

I am sure many of you hesitated and cringed at clicking the button to place order, but so glad I did. Yes, I would have loved to have found a 200 dollar chair that was remotely close, but they don’t exist. And I am frankly tired of wasting money every couple of years replacing inferior chairs.

While I have had my Fern for a few short weeks, I am thrilled with the quality and comfort after sitting in it for a full day. Fern is my new best friend.

Kevin Cservid
Best High-End Ergonomic Chair I've ever sat in!

After using my Silver Leaf Fern Chair for a month now - this chair has blown any other I've sat in out of the water! I was skeptical that the Fern's design was a gimmick, however after extensive sitting I can attest that the research and development that went into the chair's design produced the most suspended and supported backrest I've ever used.

I have sat in a range of Steelcase chairs and Herman Miller chairs, the Haworth Fern stands out amongst all of the top chairs as the lumbar support is ingenious and as a 6'1" tall 175 lb guy it fits me beautifully.

I highly recommend you test a Fern chair out, the seat is also phenomenal in that it is a high quality ergonomic seat while still providing extended comfort and you never feel like you're bottoming out. The adjustments have a wide-range and are very responsive!

It's such a comfortable chair I could easily recline back and fall asleep in it - the backrest is both a cradling feeling yet offers a dynamic range of movement within the chair where despite the backrest flexing - you ALWAYS feel supported.

Absolute work of art both aesthetically AND ergonomically/functionally.

Lucas Kern
Buy once cry once!

It took a while to convince myself that a chair this expensive could be worth it. Yes it is hefty price tag, but after watching dozens of reviews, going all around town testing out new and used chairs from different brands I can say now that getting a premium chair is worth it. Working from home I was always stressed that I was harming my body in the long run by using cheap, unergonomic chairs.

The Fern is VERY comfortable and the adjustments are beyond anything I've tried before. I love the design of it and I really couldn't be happier despite the high initial cost. I hope the build quality holds up, but I trust that if anything should go wrong Haworth will honor their warranty and make me glad that I went with them instead of getting another shotty amazon chair that will break in a year.

Ben Fobar

I'm only a few hours in with my new Fern and I'm in love. I pretty much feel stupid that I wasted time and money sitting for the past 5 years on such an uncomfortable chair until now. I thought my previous one was decent (costing $500) but now going from the Fern and back to it, it seems like a joke and waste of money. This is even more exacerbated by having been 100% WFH for the past 3 years now, ugh! Well, here's to New Fern Day, so happy to be celebrating it. Thanks Haworth!

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