Earlier blogposts are in THE SCHOLAR'S SURVIVAL MANUAL:
"I remember with fondness the advice Martin Krieger gave me when I was writing THE SECOND SELF and my tenure case was soon to come up. He said, 'Write every day, you can always revise later.' Krieger is an ally who keeps pragmatism and scholarly aspiration in his sights. Only that strategy will help you have the career of your dreams."
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
We fidget to focus
We fidget to focus, to keep us alert and engaged...
Formway Design, a propos of their MultiGeneration chair for Knoll, Inc.
By watching hundreds of hours of video and
conducting in-depth interviews with workers of all ages, in all disciplines,
Knoll and Formway Design recognized that the basic assumption about office
seating — that there are only a few optimal ways to sit while at work — was
In fact, their investigation showed that
sitting upright and facing forward was just one of the ways people use their
office chairs. Shifting, stretching, rotating, leaning, and reclining not only
relieve boredom but are essential to our ability to stay energized and
collaborate with colleagues.
Understanding that no combination of
adjustment levers could make a chair equally comfortable in each of those
positions, Formway sought to achieve an elastic design—the idea that a product
would rearrange itself in response to a user’s movements. After years of design
and development, spent considering and reconsidering every component of the
chair, Formway arrived at a truly innovative design.
With a revolutionary new material for the
chair’s back and a form that anticipates and allows for a multitude of body
positions, Generation achieves Knoll and Formway’s mission to help workers sit
how they want. It is truly the next generation of seating.
Founded in 1956, New Zealand-based Formway
Design has been designing furniture for more than five decades. In 1979 the
company redefined itself, developing a new identity and philosophy that focused
on team-based design and extensive research.
Formway’s designs are informed by insight
gained through observation and consideration of human behavior. Their
user-centered approach marries a rigorous design process, aesthetic
sensitivity, and a passion for the environment.
Knoll and Formway first collaborated on the
highly successful Life® Chair, introduced in 2002, which is celebrated for its
sophisticated design, intuitive adjustments, responsive ergonomics and
Building on these features,
the two companies came together once again to develop the Generation chair,
introduced in 2009. The progressive design features new materials and an
elastic design that supports the physical and cognitive activities of the
modern office worker. Inspired by Generation, MultiGeneration® and
ReGeneration® expand the Generation by Knoll® Family.