My shopping cart
Your cart is currently empty.Continue Shopping
Seating should be designed to properly support postures that promote health, which in turn encourages productivity and comfort.
The workforce is made of individuals of difference shapes and sizes. In order to create products that support this diversity, adjustment and thoughtful design is key. Adjustment ranges are not arbitrary, but instead are intentional to meet the needs of the 5th to 95th percentile. We use the latest anthropometric data to understand specific measurements that are related to ergonomic chair design, going beyond simply looking at overall height and weight.
When designing seating, we utilize pressure mapping technology, as well as subjective feedback, to better understand the interaction between the user and the product. Properly considering pressure distribution will create a comfortable initial and long-term sit.
Seat curvature, material properties, and dimensions can all be engineered to optimize pressure distribution.
The philosophy of designing products to align with user expectations. That is, users do not need to consciously think about how controls or adjustments are manipulated, but instead the design communicates appropriate interaction instinctively.
When you approach a door, the handle should communicate to you how the door operates. You can usually tell by the shape of the handle if you should push, pull, or slide the door handle. Intuitiveness is important because people need to understand how to use their seating without a manual. Adjustments are useless unless they are intuitive.
We can make products intuitiveness in four different ways:
An example of intuitive adjustments is a weight-activated control. A Weight-activated control adjusts the recline tension to automatically meet the needs of whichever user is sitting. The benefits of this type of control are:
Most of us sit a lot – we sit during our commute, while eating, at work, and in our free time. There is a great deal of research that tells us that excessive sitting can be harmful, and that it can contribute to development of hypertension, diabetes, and early mortality. These statistics hold true regardless of age, smoking status, weight classification, calorie intake, and previous illness. Additionally, even an hour a day of exercise is not protective if you sit for the remainder of the day (we call these individuals ‘active couch potatoes’) – the fact is that prolonged sedentary behaviors can be harmful.
This means that sitting still for long, uninterrupted periods can be harmful to our health. So sitting for too long is dangerous, but standing still for too long is dangerous as well. Prolonged standing has been shown to contribute to varicose veins, cardiac issues, and fatigue. For that reason, sitting in moderation is very important. Sitting allows us to transfer weight off our feet and legs, rest, reduce pressure on our circulatory systems, and stabilize ourselves for our work.
Consider the following related to movement and sitting: