The New Ergonomics

In this age of ubiquitous computing, what exactly are we doing to our bodies?

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THE SMART OFFICE

We’re faster and smarter, but also more collaborative, casual, and impatient at the workplace. Our furniture is just starting to catch up.

VITRA TYDE TABLES
Height-adjustable tables are a popular solution these days for those who like to alternate sitting and standing at work. This system, designed last year by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, is distinguished by a quiet motor to power the desktop up and down, and the ability to link the tables for teamwork.



 

HUMANSCALE DIFFRIENT SMART CHAIR
The late Niels Diffrient designed this chair to require only one manual control, for the armrests. The other adjustments—for inclination, back support, and height—happen intuitively, thanks to a mechanism that senses your body weight and a mesh that responds to your posture.




 

FOCAL LOCUS WORKSTATION
Endorsed by experts at the 2012 ErgoExpo, the designer Martin Keen’s industrial-looking furniture supports a neutral body position that’s halfway between sitting and standing. Levers and cranks on the pieces allow several adjustments, including the incline and height of the desktop.

Images courtesy the manufacturers


 

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