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Product Design
Published: 27 Jul 2015

Furniture for Wellbeing in the Workplace

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Katarzyna Kempa

Poland-based Ecal graduate Katarzyna Kempa has designed a stool and desk that promote healthier habits for office workers by providing an active working environment that refreshes how people conventionally sit.

The wooden stool is higher than a standard office chair. This ensures that the hips, heels and shoulders are kept in vertical alignment and enables weight to be spread across both the feet and back. A small backrest keeps the frame in an ergonomic position, while also serving as a handle when moving the stool. Lastly, a flexible support on the seat stops sitters from staying still for too long. These small adjustments help prevent the stiffness that often occurs when sitting at a desk for a long duration.

The accompanying desk is suitable for use with the stool or for standing. A rolling bar at the base provides a foot support and stimulates pressure points to improve circulation and reduce discomfort caused by tired feet.

Last month at NeoCon, we spotted an increase in products that offer more flexible and comfortable working environments – which demonstrates how employers are looking to design to improve staff engagement and productivity. See The Living Workspace for further insight.

As identified in Compressed Calm, mindfulness and wellbeing are becoming prevalent across all sectors as consumers look for respite in their busy lives. For more on designing for this outlook, see Product Defense: Enhancing Wellness and our A/W 16-17 Design Direction, Restore.

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