The NeoCon 2014 Office Lounge Chair Collection

June 18, 2014 by admin

Is it time to revamp your employee break room or collaborative lounge area? Consider some of the new designs that debuted at NeoCon 2014 this week. They’ll shift how you think about the traditional office lounge chair. There’s definitely something for every taste, from sporty to modern to zany. A Catchall Design The Mitt chair […]

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Mobile Office Chairs for Mobility-Challenged Workers

May 7, 2014 by admin

Do you have one or more employees who use a wheelchair or scooter to get around? Don’t assume that simply modifying a workstation for wheelchair access is all that’s required. You might not realize that a chair that is used for transportation and general mobility around the house and on the go isn’t necessarily a […]

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3 Alternatives to Using a Fitness Ball Office Chair

April 10, 2014 by admin

Remember when using a fitness ball office chair was all the rage? Office furniture manufacturers were probably panicking over the idea that a $12 ball could replace a $1200 chair. As it turns out, using a ball all day long isn’t necessarily a good idea. There are no arms on the ball to help keep […]

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Startup Office Furniture Tips

March 4, 2014 by admin

Selecting startup office furniture is something of a balancing act. Brand new businesses need to attract excited, energized innovators who don’t mind putting in long hours at work. This means the office furniture really needs to be good quality. At the same time, funds may be a little tight. It doesn’t make financial sense to […]

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Choosing the Right Office Chairs

November 16, 2013 by admin

If you are furnishing an office, you’ve probably already decided on a layout – whether it is an open design or full of tidy cubicles. But how do you know what office chairs will fit your – and your employees’ – needs? For workers who spend a huge amount of time in their cubicle or […]

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New Ergonomic Stackable Chairs from KI

May 11, 2013 by admin

Last week, we looked at a roundup of automatically-adjusting task chairs. They were pretty neat and definitely make the process of molding yourself to your chair easier. But there’s one kind of chair that really does need to be totally self-adjusting and flexible – without the need for any complex moving parts. That’s a stackable […]

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Self-Adjusting Office Chairs Roundup

May 4, 2013 by admin

In the world of office chairs, more isn’t necessarily better. A good ergonomic chair will have a high degree of adjustability. However, the seating option with the most knobs and levers isn’t necessarily the best one. In fact, some of the most awesome chairs are those that automatically adjust – so you can just sit […]

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Trendy Office Chairs for 2013

April 25, 2013 by admin

The Office Furniture Blog offers a peek at what you might be sitting on this year in their roundup of trendy office chairs for the modern workplace. None of these designs in seating are new, but they may become more popular since they are quite eye catching. For example, the use of chrome for the […]

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Steelcase and the New Science of Sitting at Work

April 19, 2013 by admin

How do you design a task chair when workers no longer really need either a desktop computer or a desk? Steelcase is answering that question with a Gesture – the “new sitting experience”. This ergonomic chair is designed to support the smartphone and tablet user who sits in a completely different way than yesterday’s office […]

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Slide Your Toboggan Around the Office for Random Collaboration?

April 12, 2013 by admin

We all know that the big office buzzword for the last few years has been collaboration. But most organizations are still trying to figure out how to support the serendipitous encounters that are supposed to deliver so much value for modern businesses. Knoll is attempting to fill this support role with the Toboggan sled desk/chair […]

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The Standing Office Goes Too Far?

March 31, 2013 by admin

In the United States, we always like to think we are ahead of the curve. But the fact is that we aren’t always first adopters of new ways of doing things. Nor do we always take new concepts further than anyone else. In some ways, that’s a good thing. For example, the standing desk trend […]

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The Most Interesting Office Chair in the World

October 27, 2012 by admin

We can just hear the Most Interesting Man in the World saying, “I don’t usually sit down at a desk to work. But, when I do, I prefer the LimbIC chair.” What is it about this ergonomic task chair from Zurich-based company InnoMotion that makes it so interesting? Does it justify the $8500 price tag? […]

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Does Your Office Chair Have a Sweet Spot?

October 13, 2012 by admin

That’s a question you should be able to answer if you’ve spent the appropriate amount of time learning to adjust it. All those knobs and levers aren’t just for show. They are designed to offer you a chance to explore and find out just how comfortable you can really be. If you’ve bought an ergonomic […]

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Task Chair Fit Check List

September 30, 2012 by admin

If you aren’t a die-hard fan of the standing only desk, this doesn’t mean you are doomed to suffering from poor ergonomics every day when you sit down to work. SitBetter offers a helpful tool you can use to evaluate whether a particular office chair is really a good fit for you. As you might […]

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The ‘Backstory’ of the Office Chair

September 1, 2012 by admin

As you lean back in your synchro-tilt, height adjustable, lumbar supported, cushioned, breathable, rolling office chair, do you ever stop to think how you came to occupy such a comfy perch? Business Life offers a look at the history of what you’re sitting on right now. From the 1800s all the way to the 21st […]

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Allsteel Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

August 11, 2012 by admin

Great things can happen when industries collide. The recent collaboration between Allsteel and BMW Group DesignworksUSA has resulted in the creation of a light task chair that can only be described as a really smooth ride. The office furniture manufacturer and the design firm responsible for the concept of the Mini Cooper present the “Clarity” […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 3

June 23, 2012 by admin

Before we move on to other NeoCon topics, here’s the final post in our series on the Best of NeoCon 2012 office chairs. This is certainly a year we won’t forget when it comes to the variety of seating options on display. Competitors really did manage to “think big” in terms of better ergonomics, futuristic […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 2

June 16, 2012 by admin

Earlier this month, we explored several entries in NeoCon’s “Best Of” contest in the seating category. Now, here is the next batch of contenders: AirPad3C72 This task chair from Riviera boasts a feature you’ve probably never heard of: microclimate management. That’s a fancy way of saying the mesh covering is breathable so the skin on […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 1

June 2, 2012 by admin

Pull up a seat for our roundup of entries in the “Best of NeoCon 2012” seating category. You’ll see some designs you recognize and a few that are brand new. This will be a three part series since there’s so much to ponder. Diffrient Smart Office chairs just got smarter – and simpler at the […]

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A New Office Chair Base Design

May 24, 2012 by admin

Why is the 5 star base pretty much the only type of base you see on a modern task chair? Sure, it’s a stable design that supports the user from tipping over no matter which way the lean; but is it really the only possible base design? Can you put casters on a chair with […]

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Office Chair Olympics

May 18, 2012 by admin

Is the proliferation of office chair sports a testament to the spirit of teamwork in the American workplace today? Or is it just a symptom of boredom and how easy it is to record a video and upload it to YouTube these days? Either way, we’re glad that people are finding a creative outlet! Here […]

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Office Chair Dance Off!

April 13, 2012 by admin

Just for fun this Friday, here’s an imaginative little video from OFM about what office chairs do once the doors are locked. It’s amazing that these workhorses of the daily 9-5 grind have so much energy left after supporting white collar employees for 8+ hours a day. But this short clip is proof positive that […]

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Temporary Fix for Uncomfortable Office Chairs

March 29, 2012 by admin

Duncan MacIntyre has a passion for discussing the finer points of the office chair industry’s most ergonomic designs. But he also knows that not everyone can rush out and purchase a $1000 office chair at the drop of a hat. Some of us have to struggle along with a cheap chair for a little while […]

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Take a Seat – We’re Not Using It!

March 17, 2012 by admin

Sometimes, upcycling is more about making art than about creating anything functional. That’s OK! Contributing to the expression of creativity is certainly much more valuable than contributing to a landfill. Home Designing has put together quite a photo library of chairs made out of used materials. Most would make a pretty prickly seat. Others might […]

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Good Design Awards for Office Furniture 1

February 26, 2012 by admin

Teknion isn’t the only office furniture company that received recognition at the 2011 Good Design competition. This series will explore a few other notable brands/products that received awards: Moteo This ergonomic chair design from Germany has some very interesting features. In addition to the procomfort-synchromechanism (the seat and back moving together for maximum support), the […]

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Another Steelcase Office Chair Recalled

February 3, 2012 by admin

Last month, Steelcase recalled its Amia office chair as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The design of the control mechanism under the chair apparently leaves open the possibility that the pivot pins could fall out. If that happens, users could find themselves unceremoniously dumped on the ground. There are no reports of anyone […]

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Is this the Bowflex of Office Chairs?

January 26, 2012 by admin

The Fit@Work chair is the latest tool for encouraging desk workers to get a workout. Obviously, it’s not a substitute for a treadmill desk which can provide cardio training, but it does offer the sitter the opportunity to work their core and upper body. The base expands to provide more stability so you can lean […]

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Haworth’s Tips for Ergonomic Seating

January 22, 2012 by admin

Haworth has developed a very useful online library with research and recommendations for all types of office furniture. The Ergonomic Seating Guide is a particularly interesting document. It looks at the ergonomics of office seating in a lot of detail – including less common features like asymmetrical lumbar support and pelvic support. Of particular interest […]

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The Wheels on the Chair Go Round and Round

January 12, 2012 by admin

Here’s one aspect of office furniture ergonomics that doesn’t get a lot of attention – the lowly caster. If you think about it, even the finest office task chair would be lost without its wheels! Of course, we all know how frustrating it is when a caster comes off, or wears out, gets something stuck […]

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Haworth Task Chair is Very Comfortable

January 6, 2012 by admin

Haworth has announced the newest member of the Very Chair family. The Very Task continues the design legacy of the various side chairs, conference chairs, and stacking chairs already in the collection. Of course, there’s more to it since a task chair needs plenty of bells and whistles. It’s the definition of fully customizable with […]

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Having a Ball with Your Office Chair?

December 23, 2011 by admin

We desk workers are always being encouraged to exercise more. We’re told to do seated moves like shoulder shrugs, get up and walk around, do a few stretches, and practice good posture throughout the day. Office furniture pieces such as the adjustable height workstation that promotes more movement and changes in position are becoming increasingly […]

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Office Chair Fabric is a Prickly Subject

November 17, 2011 by admin

Steelcase made quite a splash with its introduction of mushroom and cotton seed hull packaging; but it’s far from the only office furniture company that is going green with organic products. Albany Office Furniture in the UK is making use of locally occurring natural resources for a different purpose. The company is using nettle stems […]

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Office Chairs and Work Targeting

October 28, 2011 by admin

In another informative white paper from Allsteel, you can learn about the importance of work targeting. That’s one of those phrases invented to describe something that everyone does without realizing it. When you sit in your chair and look at your desk, your eyes go directly to your monitor. That’s why you want your monitor […]

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More Office Chair Sports

October 26, 2011 by admin

Last week, we talked about the highly competitive sport of chair hockey. But if you want some real brutality, you should check out this video advertisement from Mad Man Mund’s in Florida. There are no holds barred when it comes to extreme chair racing. In fact, this event will remind you of the “Chairiot” race […]

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Chair Hockey For Charity

October 19, 2011 by admin

Canada is known for three things – maple syrup, Niagara Falls, and hockey. This love for hockey extends beyond the ice rink and into the office arena. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada and the Interior Designers of Canada actually hosted an ergonomic office chair hockey tournament in September. More than half a dozen teams competed, sponsored by manufacturers […]

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Knoll Offers Next Generation Office Chairs

September 30, 2011 by admin

Knoll’s Generation office chairs have garnered quite a bit of notice this year in the business and technology sector. The seating was featured in both Wired Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Unlike many office chairs that hold a user in a fairly fixed position, Generation is designed to support workers effortlessly as they bend, […]

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…Itsa Chair!

September 9, 2011 by admin

Kimball Office joins the ranks of office furniture manufacturers who have debuted new office chair designs in the last 12 months. The Itsa is chock full of opportunities to let businesses pick just the right features for their workforce. For example, the chair height can be specified for small-to-average or average-to-tall users. This is about […]

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Maxon Gets Managerial With Office Chair Design

August 5, 2011 by admin

What type of office chair occupies that space between the lowly worker and the exalted executive? The folks at Maxon have decided that middle management deserves its own line of office seating. Hey, managers take a lot of flack – even if they’re actually good at their jobs. If you’ve been the undeserving butt of […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Office Chairs

July 4, 2011 by admin

Last week, we took a look at a Wired magazine article featuring an impassioned and detailed review of several ergonomic office chairs. But there’s an even better place to turn if you need to find out absolutely everything about pretty much any chair on the market. This shout out goes to Duncan MacIntyre at officechairadvice.com. […]

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Top Ergonomic Office Chairs Compared

June 29, 2011 by admin

You would think ergonomic office chairs are like five star restaurants the way some people rave about them. White collar workers covet them and geeks hack them. Are all these high end seating options basically the same or is there a real difference? According to Bruce Sterling at Wired, three of the most often praised […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries for Task Chair Seating

June 11, 2011 by admin

Last week, we took a look at some of the up and coming workstation designs entered for the Best of NeoCon award. Now, let’s peruse recently developed task chairs that might be paired with these state-of-the-art casegoods. Scope Out the Scope Chair There’s quite a global flavor to the entries this year. For example, “viasit” […]

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Can The Right Office Chair Boost Productivity?

May 25, 2011 by admin

In 2009, Steelcase set out to discover if their Leap chair could cause a “leap” in productivity for workers. The company collaborated with the University of Texas in a yearlong study involving a total of 450 employees at two different workplaces. They compared the productivity and well-being of a control group with that of employees […]

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Volt – It’s Not Just For Chevy Anymore

May 1, 2011 by admin

There are a number of fantastically comfortable and very ergonomic office chairs in the high end range of $700-1100. But it’s a little harder to find fully adjustable seating that’s budget friendly for smaller businesses. HON is making a difference at the value-priced end of the market with a task chair called the Volt. Buyers […]

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Unusual Office Chairs For All Budgets

March 10, 2010 by admin

The difficulty of creating truly ergonomic office chairs is a challenge that has kept manufacturers busy for many decades. Some designers have scrapped the idea of a traditional “chair” altogether in their quest for the perfect seating option. Here are just a few of the concepts that have been created as alternatives to the usual […]

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