To best understand the body at work, we undertook a global posture study on six continents, observing over 2,000 people in a wide range of postures.
We discovered that new technologies combined with new behaviors led to nine new postures that are not adequately addressed by current seating solutions.
Example of seating solution
Gesture is the first office chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies.
The Gesture arm moves like the human arm, which allows users to be supported in any position to support technologies.
Its back and seat move as a synchronized system, moving with each user to provide continuous and persistent support. Gesture allow users to sit in a range of postures without obstruction.
Our collaborative research showed us the importance of seating solution in collaboration mode for formal or informal meetings.
Users rarely adjust their chair when in a meeting room nor have time to adjust their chair.
Example of seating solution
QiVi is an intelligently designed collaborative office chair. It encourages movement, supports multiple postures and provides comfort for extended periods of time—fostering collaboration in a variety of settings.
Qivi comes with only one seat height control yet provides the ability to fit a wide range of users while in a meeting or a collaborative working session.
We observed over 25 classrooms at 12 different schools to understand how students learn and collaborate best in the classroom to identify pain points.
This work led to solutions specifically designed for active learning environments.
Example of Seating Solution
The insights led to the development of Node, a chair designed for the active learning environment that meets the many modes of learning. Node is mobile and flexible. It is designed for quick, easy transitions from one teaching mode to the next, unlike traditional school desks and chairs.
The swivel seat gives students the freedom to shift focus throughout the room. And, since the personal surface swivels in tandem, items remain at their fingertips. Its subtle, but clear sight lines to the instructor, peers and whiteboards can dramatically enhance interaction.
The base of Node school chairs provides a unique storage solution for backpacks and student belongings that usually clutter the aisles.
We conducted observational research specifically around collaboration and socialization that happens in in-between spaces. Creativity blossoms in less formal, more casual places where it’s easy to connect and collaborate with others. These spaces help foster new ideas and connections, the root of innovation.
In many offices, informal spaces offer limited seating and provide little privacy or support for technology. To foster innovation, offer a palette of places: spaces where anyone in the organisation can quickly find an ideal place for connections with colleagues and impromptu collaborations.
EXAMPLE SEATING SOLUTIONS
These observations and insights led to the development of B-Free.
B-Free welcomes varied work postures – reading, reclining, or leaning in to a conversation. From focused individual work to a casual meeting, B-Free provides thoughtful, comfortable support with a welcome change during the work day; an opportunity to meet informally in a comfortable, relaxed posture still connected to the organisation.