JUN 2014 — Polo is a conceptual office chair that provides just as much comfort and support as necessary. Instead of supporting every single move the chair encourages you to move yourself to prevent muscular atrophy from too much sitting. The base for instance is not equipped with wheels and forces you to walk, rather than roll, from one place to another. The design process was informed by questions like: How could the design of an office chair raise the awareness about the importance of sitting and encourage people to identify with their office chairs? Could an office chair evoke the same aspiration for performance like a bicycle? A product which is customizable, repairable, standardized, and last but not least, sustainable. Hence, the seat is constructed like a bicycle’s saddle and its breathable suspension mesh distributes your weight evenly to eliminate pressure points and heat buildup. As chairs that promote alternative sitting concepts often come across as rather “medical” and their acceptance in offices seems to be relatively low, we aimed to design a saddle chair that blends into the common formal language of offices. Yet, a completely new chair typology evolved.
The project was supported by K+R Textil.