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October 12, 2009

I recently had the rare opportunity to watch “CBS Sunday Morning.”  I was interested to see that they had a segment on ergonomic office chairs.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines ergonomics as “An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.”  Furniture companies have spent a lot of time researching how people work and how they use their desk chairs. Not only do people come in all shapes and sizes but we do not sit still in our chairs. What many companies have come up with are chairs with greater flexibility that are simpler to operate.

Below are a few designs that were featured on the segment.  Not only do these provide ease of use, comfort and flexibility, but these chairs have been designed with environmental sustainability in mind. Minimal use of materials and recycled materials are just a part of the story.  42%-97% of the materials on these chairs are recyclable.

The chairs shown here are just a few of the many options available.  Included is the iconic Herman Miller Aeron chair, now 15 years old, but the others are the latest and greatest featured on “Sunday Morning.”  Stayed tuned for Big Sky’s favorite task chairs, tried and true, coming soon!

 

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What a concept- a paper chair!!

September 28, 2009

Pulp Chair 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     It looks like an egg carton, is affordable and is made from nontoxic materials for small bodies- the perfect chair for a child. This is a fun design and makes a lot of sense for little ones. Once the chair is outgrown or used to it’s fullest, whichever comes first, it can be recycled. It’s made with a paper pulp and cornstarch mixture and has the same strength as plastic but is biodegradable.

     The idea came when Swedish graduate student and architecture firm partnered. The idea was to come up with an affordable chair made from paper pulp. After a bit of research the concept turned into a children’s chair due to the strength issues of the Durapulp material it’s made out of. The first prototype of the chair was shown this spring in Milan with a favorable reception. Good news is the chair will be in the market of $50 each once they are produced.

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