With the changing face of workspaces and working conditions, companies are coming up with workspace furniture that cares for you and helps you work more efficiently than ever before.
Gone are the days when offices were just a mundane place. Also gone are the times when work hours would be just 9-5. Businesses these days run almost round the clock and working long hours is the current trend of life.
As much as we may hate to admit it, we spend a lot of time in the office. Too many of us suffer in an office environment that is not well designed, and we make do with whatever furniture is afforded to us. But those in the know are aware that an effective, personalised workspace and intelligently engineered office furniture makes all the difference to productivity and overall effectiveness.
Here are a few best players in the market making work easier and comfortable. As workplace experts, they help people to have a better work experience, by providing products, services and insights into the ways they work.
Gesture is one of the world’s first ergonomic office chairs designed to support one’s interactions with today’s technologies. Steelcase researchers studied how the physiology of work has changed and how the human body interacts with new technologies and how it transitions as people shift from one device to another. Each new activity caused people to change postures. Gesture is designed in response to Steelcase’s global research about changing postures in the workplace.
Gesture encourages motion rather than forcing the body to hold only a single posture. The upper limb interface allows people to draw closer to a work surface to avoid hunching over a screen and easily move close to the body to support texting postures. Unlike conventional chairs, Gesture’s core interface hugs the lower back when people recline to scroll on a tablet screen. The seat interface adjusts rapidly to help users avoid perching on the edge of their chair.
Gesture embraces a broad range of body sizes and easily adapts to meet the needs of each individual user, which is critical in an increasingly global business environment that has to support more workers than ever before. Gesture is a system of interconnected parts – inspired by the human body – designed to support every movement.
Media:scape is an integrated furniture and media solution. It is designed to help people connect and collaborate, quickly and seamlessly to increase productivity and innovation. Media:scape allows for egalitarian meetings with information sharing between several participants. It arranges people and information to see and to be seen. Interaction flow is more effective, increasing comfort, focus, and productivity. It can host high definition video conferencing systems, enabling distributed teams to view content and each other simultaneously. media:scape is available in 9 top shapes and 3 heights: standing, desk and lounge height and can host upto 4 screens at a time.
The Herman Miller Aeron chair’s unique form reflects a revolutionary approach to comfort and ergonomics. Designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick have replaced foam and fabric with Pellicle, a breathable, form-fitting material that allows for aeration and customised support.
The innovative PostureFit option provides adjustable sacral support to promote optimal posture. It supports the way your pelvis tilts naturally forward, so that your spine stays aligned.These chairs move with the body, allowing all types of tasks to be performed without having to constantly adjust the body position. The high, wide contoured back takes the pressure off your lower spine. Armrests slope slightly down in the back for the most natural and comfortable support.
The “waterfall” front edge of the seat takes the pressure off your thighs, so your blood keeps circulating and you stay alert. The patented Kinematic tilt mechanism lets your neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles pivot naturally.The Herman Miller Aeron chairs are 94% recyclable and provide healthy comfort and balanced body support with its innovative suspension and easy-to-use adjustment controls.
Formwork™ Modular Desktop Storage
Designed for Herman Miller by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, Formwork modular desk accessories help people bring order to their papers, tools, and artefacts. Formwork’s shapes and sizes were rigorously considered to relate an intuitive sense of utility – it can be stacked and combined in anyway the user sees fit. In varying permutations it allows some items to be kept out of view, while others remain within reach. The simple yet sophisticated forms, material production, and colour palette indicate a level of thoughtfulness rarely brought to desktop goods.
Formwork is made from abs plastic with a non-slip silicone base. The collection pieces include pencil boxes, small and large trays, small and large boxes, tissue boxes, media stands, and paper trays. As the forms are pluralistic and stackable, their range of use is far broader than in the office. Formwork can be used in the home, the workshop and many other places too.
The Ace range of office chairs is a classic blend of European design and Indian sensibilities, which makes it the perfect office chair of the future. Like the human body, Ace allows free body movement with the utmost grace and style. Its active bio-synchro-mechanism which allows for automatic back tilt, bio-flex lumbar support which ensures uniform support in tilt position and its use of new age eco-friendly materials like recyclable plastic and aluminum make Ace the perfect chair, both ergonomically as well as aesthetically.
Designed specifically for the Indian consumer, the seat has contoured foam which provides higher contact area and greater seating comfort. The saddle support PU top adjustable armrest provides soft contours at all touch points. Its adjustable cushioned neck rest and structural mesh which also allows for air circulation and elimination of odour are some of the other unique features of this range of new age office chairs.
Optimizer is a high density storage system which aims at overcoming the limitations of traditional storage systems with its intelligent design to provide maximum storage in minimum space. Its sturdy construction and vibrant coloured tile body ensures that your office looks clutter-free and classy all the time. With its vast storage space, the Optimizer proves to be the most cost-effective means for storage purposes. With Optimizer you can say good bye to clutter and enjoy total peace of mind.
Designed for long life and easy part replacement, it uses one common aisle space. The Optimizer comes equipped with PU drive wheel for firm grip and hassle-free mobility and channel stoppers prevent derailment ensuring safety. Its organised label holders with neat transparent acrylic sheets facilitate easy identification of files and documents saving precious time and increasing the output of your office. Optimizer has locking stiffners for centralised locking which ensures safety of documents along with a rotating lock which makes it easy to identify lock/unlock position. The body has a 100% VOC free powder coating and is 98% recyclable and built to last a lifetime.
Easy – EZ60 Systems
Haworth designs innovative workspaces tailored to meet and surpass the needs of a broad range of end users. Its EZ60 draws on the very best of current technology and design, creating affordable, functional and stylish office environments.
The simple and functional manner in which the EZ60 workspace system is both constructed and installed is the basis of its design. EZ60 offers long term durability and flexibility that enables businesses to create cost effective workspaces that can be easily extended and reconfigured with the changing needs of business. EZ60 employs a consistent aesthetic to ensure that options have a unified look and can be used together.
The system is tested to BIFMA standards (Business and Institutional Manufacturer’s Association) offering customers a long-term office solution that is strong and dependable. All Haworth workspace systems undergo rigorous sustainability assessments and offer a 7-year warranty unless stated otherwise.
EZ60 relies upon a simple but ingenious patented connection device, which has been designed by Haworth to provide the maximum ease of installation. The connection devices are simple to use and offer a stable platform for office architecture. The panel connectors also ensure a clean finished result with automatic alignment ensuring that the installation process is swift thus saving time and money.