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In conventional office chair design, depth of seating and posture when sitting upright or leaning back are taken for granted. But after studying people's seated posture, this company determined that only about one in three people sits in the ideal position, with their lower back firmly supported. Their solution lies in the unprecedented mechanisms of this chair, which move the seat down and back while moving the lumbar support forward. (The manufacturer calls these mechanisms the passive slide seat, or PSS, and active lumbar support, or ALS). For a seat back material that flexes in response to these motions, the developers chose elastomer resin, with properties halfway between plastic and rubber. Because one's back is next to a mesh instead of a solid surface, users stay dry and comfortable even after sitting for extended periods. In appearance, the chair reflects Japanese aesthetics. Vertical stripes down the back of the chair, revealing what's behind it, are reminiscent of a lattice or Japanese shoji screen with rays of sunlight shining through.
ITOKI CORPORATION Design & Development Div. Tamio Sakurai
ITOKI CORPORATION Marketing Div. Tsuyoshi Shiratori
BOW DESIGN LTD. President Yasuhiro Nakamura
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