Steelcase has studied how the body interacts with our various tech and has created seating that supports these postures.
Steelcase has introduced a chair designed to support people’s interactions with modern technologies. Inspired by the movement of the human body, ‘Gesture‘ was created for the way we work today. It is similar in theory to the ‘Curious Rituals‘ project that categorized new gestures we’ve adopted to control digital devices.
The company undertook a global posture study in 11 countries, observing 2,000 people, and uncovered nine new postures. These include the ‘cocoon’ where the user curls up with a piece of technology, and the ‘strunch’ where they lean over a desk to look closely at a computer.
Steelcase created the chair by looking at the movements and gestures of the body, designing it to support posture changes influenced by the devices we use today. The back and seat move as a synchronized system to provide continuous and persistent support, and the back cradles the user in all positions.
The chair’s arm moves like the user’s arm, which allows them to be supported in any position, whether they are texting on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard or swiping a tablet. The seat provides comfort all the way to the edges and is flexible at the perimeter to allow seating in a range of postures without obstruction. ‘Gesture’ is also easily adjustable and can meet the needs of each individual user. You can learn more about the chair in the video below: