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.


B. 1992 Taipei, Taiwan. Oscar Shu Hao Kwong is a product designer. He studied Industrial design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Since his degree he has been part of Harbourfront Centre’s Artists in residence program, in Toronto Canada. This opportunity allowed him the space to firmly and independently establish his sensibilities. In 2017 he was admitted as part of The Bauhaus Lab, an annual program examining the transcultural legacies of the school. From 2019 to 2021 he enrolled at ECAL in Switzerland for a Masters of Product design. His work examines the poetic spirit that spans all our cultural artifacts, and attempts to translate these feelings through the expression of our everyday objects.