Main image: An eye-catcher: the motion object Stand-Up. Design: Thorsten Franck. Insert: Wilkhahn also brings motion into meetings and conferences: the genius folding tables from the programme Confair. Design: Andreas Störiko. Top right: The ON® brings the three-dimensional dynamic sitting into each department. Design: Wiege. Bottom right: The FS-models have made dymanic sitting popular worldwide and now rate as Wilkhahn classics. Design: Klaus Franck, Werner Sauer.
How sitting learns walking Chairs as the Western world’s cultural heritage – that is the first facet of a sedentary society. The other facet includes back pain, metabolic diseases and long-term effects. Thus, it is about time to teach sitting how to walk. TEXT: WILKHAHN, TRANSLATION: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: WILKHAHN
The chair is one of the western world’s oldest cultural assets. To this day, the chair is also a placeholder for the role and importance of the owner – the broader the seat and the higher the backrest, the more important. In the 19th century, seating became an instrument for discipline and control. Just like teachers in schools, office managers were able to easily glance over at their employees. Last but not least, chairs became a crucial working tool for all professions that require fine manual labour: from tailors and watchmakers to jewellers and those working with computers. Today, sitting has become second nature. Whether at home or at work, in front of the TV, at the dinner table, in public or private – nothing is more natural than sitting. This has fatal consequences because 30 | Issue 37 | April 2016
the muscular system is only stimulated through movement. When one does not move, the muscles are undersupplied, the rate of metabolism decreases and the entire organism reduces its performance. While over straining was the main reason for back problems in the past, lack of movement and underchallenged muscles are the main reasons for it today. That is why health experts say that people should move around at the computer to activate muscles and joints. Thus, office furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn has developed a new seating concept alongside the German Sports University in Cologne whose mobility resembles the natural movement pattern we experience when walking. This patented, threedimensional office chair mechanism stimulates joints and the spine and activates
large muscle loops from the ankle to the shoulder girdle. Thereby, the body’s centre of gravity is kept in balance so that even the smallest weight shift triggers change of posture and movement. Studies of the German Sport University’s Centre for Health in Cologne reveal that chairs with this ‘Trimension’ foster health, well-being and concentration. And because the German premium manufacturer Wilkhahn does not only stand for pioneering innovations, but also for excellent design quality, the new office chair models ON and IN were awarded the highest design awards worldwide. Unlike any other furniture manufacturer, Wilkhahn stands for ‘Design made in Germany‘. The family business is specialised on developing, manufacturing and selling high-quality office chairs and conference furnishings which impress with pioneering functions, timeless design, first-class quality and setting new standards. www.wilkhahn.com
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