Belay Active Office Chair
2021, ECAL Diploma project
Intention: Aluminium frame and connection
Injection molded polypropylene, Donati base
Superleggera 5 star, Wool fabric
Nylon climbing rope
Belay is focused around the area of active office chair. The starting point emerged out of the pandemic, as a opportunity to question the state of our office task chairs. Stuck in the same position, we can have the best ergonomic chair in the world but it would still require a self conscious effort to correct ones posture.
My hope was with the active element of the chair which is the swinging motion combined with a rotating base. This intervention actively engages the sitters muscles and in turn brings awareness to their sitting posture. The result of the hanging seat creates a three distinction sitting modes. A forward leaning mode which simulates sitting on the edge of a stool activating a more upright posture. A middle free range position that is the most engaging for the core and legs. Finally A rest position supported by the backrest. The Value intention was to inject a level of playfulness into the office space, one that neither neglects nor extorts work. Reflecting a more balanced approach to our work place health.