‘Chairless Chair’ Supports Active Factory Workers

‘Chairless Chair’ Supports Active Factory Workers
Design

The exoskeleton from Swiss company Noonee allows wearers to walk around freely while also providing support while they bend and lift

Jennifer Passas
  • 10 july 2017

Design firm Sapetti has designed a wearable ergonomic chair, called the Chairless Chair, for manufacturing workers who are required to stand for long periods of time. Created for the Swiss company Noonee, the exoskeleton allows you to walk around freely while providing support when you are bending, squatting or crouching.

The idea behind the Chairless Chair is to improve the ergonomic environment for employees with a device that will help body posture but also hopefully prevent strains and workplace injuries, as well as provide a better working conditions for aging employees.

The chair frame can be adjusted to suit a variety of different body types and heights and can be fitted to work-safe footwear. The structure is made mostly from engineered plastics like polyamide that have been chosen for their lightweight and durable nature. When creating the ergonomic structure, designers at Sapetti worked closely with employees from auto companies such as Audi, Seat, Skoda, Daimler, BMW and Renault to understand the needs of workers on the factory floor.

Exoskeletons, or frames worn on the outside of the human body, have a range of possibilities as aids and enhancements to the physical well being of many individuals, including those outside of a working environment. There have been robotic suits made to help paralyzed patients stand and walk and others designed to assist aging populations climb stairs. With technology advancing and more engineers and designers interested in the field of ergonomics, it is only a matter of time until we see exoskeletons more readily available in the market for a variety of uses.

Sapetti | Noonee

Design firm Sapetti has designed a wearable ergonomic chair, called the Chairless Chair, for manufacturing workers who are required to stand for long periods of time. Created for the Swiss company Noonee, the exoskeleton allows you to walk around freely while providing support when you are bending, squatting or crouching.

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+Ergonomic design
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