Workstation with Saddle Chairs is the Go for an Active Life Style
The purpose of all technology is to make life easier for human beings and this seems to translate into making human beings inactive. Technology has enabled us to drive to work instead of walking and newer technology will make even driving unnecessary. New technology is designed for reducing human activity and it is making us lazier and inactive. To get office goers to be active at work the use of sit/stand workstations is recommended.
Architects used to make hand drawings on a drawing board and they were the original sit/stand workers. Their tables were high and they used a stool without a back. Small drawing were made sitting down while larger drawings required them to stand up. With the advent of computers for drawing, this furniture was discarded and architects started using normal office furniture. Knowing that the older work style was better, I designed a sit/stand ergonomic computer workstation for my office. These tables were higher than office tables and the monitors were lifted up on a shelf. The Pyramid chairs had swivelling sloping seats but no backrests and no castors. People could work sitting down in an erect posture and discuss with colleagues standing up. Shorter people could work standing up also. This arrangement was first installed in 2008 and has been in use since with modified chairs. Last year we carried out a survey of all those who used this furniture (most are not working with us now) and found that most people took a week or two to get used to sitting without a backrest but once they got used to it they stopped missing the backrest. The incidence of back and neck pain reduced by 50%. They did miss the backrest on a bad day when they wanted to take it easy.
Similar workstations have been installed in several other non-architectural offices also. The backless Pyramid Chairs were replaced by Saddle Chairs with a small backrest as people did not want to sit on what appeared to be a stool. Unlike the Pyramid Chairs that had slanted seats, the Saddle Chairs allow one to on a flat surface, in an open posture where the angle between the legs and the torso is 120 degrees or more. What makes this arrangement ergonomically better is the fact that the tall furniture allows one to get up effortlessly and this encourages users to get up and move more often. Meeting with 2 or 3 colleagues can easily take place standing around a single monitor. There is never enough space to do this when people are sitting in chairs.
OPUS INDIGO Saddle Chairs are designed for active sitting and the seat hardens progressively, reminding people to get up every once in a while.