14,000 hours. If you’ve got a desk job, that’s the minimum amount of time you’ll spend sitting over the next ten years. Add nights you have to work late, and weekends and much more unfortunate occasions and the hour count only goes up from there. All this causes a degradation in healthy, upright posture. So, guys at Steelcase have created Gesture – the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. This chair of the future is inspired by the human body and created for the way we work today.
To best understand the body at work, manufacturer undertook a global posture study on six continents, observing over 2,000 people in a wide range of postures. They discovered that new technologies combined with new behaviors led to nine new postures that are not adequately.
Based on this research, they designed the Gesture chair to support posture changes specifically influenced by technology devices we use today. Like the human body, Gesture is designed as a system of synchronized interfaces. That means that back and seat of the chair move as a synchronized system moving with each user to provide continuous and persistent support. The back cradles the user no matter the posture or device. The seat of the chair is flexible at the perimeter to allow users to sit in a range of postures without obstruction. The arm moves like the human arm, which allows users to be supported in any position. Arms and shoulders remain supported when texting on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard or swiping a tablet.
Gesture takes into account various body types and sitting preferences, quickly adjustable to meet the needs of each individual user.