The human factor in design
Flexibility in chair design is no longer being taken for granted.
Through years of study and perseverance, a new consideration has
been taken into account: ergonomics. Throughout the last decade,
the recognition of ergonomics, a scientific discipline concerned
with the interaction of humans, their environment, and principles
developed to optimize human well-being, has created a resurgence
towards environmental awareness and dynamic innovation in the furniture
and workstation manufacturing industry.
Examples of this trend in previous years were apparent in the
furniture designs of Le Corbusier and Eames, which contoured and
accommodated to the needs of the human figure while architect Antonio
Gaudi created breathable live spaces that encouraged airflow and
removed the box from human environments. All of these trends have
server to change the thinking behind the creation of office furniture.
Likewise, newfound interest in illnesses like carpel tunnel syndrome
alarmed employees and business owners to the importance of cohesive
work environments. Illnesses such as migraine headaches, and musculoskeletal
disorders were attributed to rigid seating and awkward, static posture.
These alerts spawned various innovations such as keyboards with
hand rests, supportive seating alternatives, an increase and demand
for massage sessions and a new career alternative for people who
actually study ergonomics.
Ergonomists, people who study ergonomics, contribute to the design
and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems
in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations
To what extent could these environments be tolerated and what
effects would they have on the mind and body? The Information Age
has spawned the field of human-computer interaction while the growing
demand for and competition among consumer goods and electronics
has resulted in more companies heeding human factors in product
design. These studies have inspired cohesive work environments,
an increase in seating options, efforts to streamline solutions
and simplify confusion. Relevant topics include cognitive ergonomics
where perception, attention, cognition, motor control, and memory
storage and retrieval are considered. Relevant topics include mental
workload, vigilance, decision-making, skilled performance, human
error, human-computer interaction, and training.
In collaboration with designers, ergonomists make things that
are usable by people. In efforts to increase ergonomic harmony,
special attention has been given to the workchair. Herman Miller
was one of the first designers to make ergonomics a priority and
Haworth came shortly thereafter. Both innovators created a market
where supportive seating took precedent. People seek chairs with
supportive armrests, lumbar support and equally important aesthetic
Ergonomics has replaced tortuous devices and created a curvilinear
solution in an otherwise boxy existence. Here at chairs1000.com,
we’ve developed a series of chairs for your perusal and enjoyment
to enhance your workspace experience.
See our ergonomic chairs.
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