This is our April 2010 design newsletter. Today I would like to
remind you to take care of your health at your work place. It is
so easy to forget that our well being is very much related to the
environment surrounding us as well as to the furniture we are using.
News corner, learn how to choose a paint color that does
not emit any harmful chemicals, called VOCs. VOCs have been linked
in scientific studies to bad health outcomes, including eye, nose
and throat irritation, nausea, headaches and even cancer.
you ever thought how to increase the productivity of your company
or even your own motivation on a daily basis while sitting at your
office? Take a look around! Are you surrounded by a pleasing environment?
Do you want to be spending most of your life in what you see right
now? Are you comfortable?
briefly touching up on some of the aspects of an office design,
I'd like to focus your attention on the importance of good posture
while doing work. Read below some simple guidelines on how to select
the best office chair for YOU.
KOHLWES principal / designer
CONTROL OVER YOUR COMFORT
When designers think about a comfortable office environment, we
usually take into consideration such elements as: 1) Physical comfort
- the quality of light, temperature, sound and ergonomics; 2) Functional
comfort - the ability of workers to interact effectively with the
environment they are in; 3) Psychological comfort - which effects
our mood, cognitive function, and believe it or not, feeling of
loyalty and commitment to the company you work for.
Mindful Design Consulting design team looks at
all these elements as a whole in the process of design.
But today I would like to center your attention on the Physical
comfort of your personal work station at work or your home office.
to Choose Your Office Chair
do we do every day? We sit. We sit in the office and at home, driving
a car or watching a movie. All day we are sitting and staring at
our computer screens while moving nothing but our fingers. We get
stiff and tired, we get neck and back pains. Because constant sitting
is bad for you it is a good idea to get the most comfortable chair
for your work or home office. Several furniture companies design
chairs specifically for people who work long hours at computers.
When shopping for a chair, test several chairs as if you were buying
a car. Sit on them and try to adjust them to your body before you
make your final decision. Follow these other guidelines listed below.
1. Back Stability
new chair should provide adequate back support. The back support
of the chair should also be adjustable to fit properly to
your back. The back support of the chair should remain the
same as you move and recline in your chair. A good office
chair with proper back support will improve your posture and
therefore eliminate or reduce back pain and stiffness.
Herman Miller's office chair - Embody. One of the most
ergonomically designed chairs of our time. Read more on
the company's research and design process HERE.
padding and design of the seat should be considered. The front
of the seat should have a rounded edge. A straight horizontal
front will cut off circulation on the backside of the knees.
A good tip is that you should be able to slide your fingers
between the inside of legs and the front edge of the seat.
Also, look at the fabric of the seat. It should allow your
body to breath through during long hours while seated.
Think - Chair by Steelcase.
The first product to ever receive Cradle-to-Cradle certification
from MBDC. High wear parts like casters are replaceable,
so one broken piece doesn't mean you have buy a whole new
3. Width of the Seat and Armrests
need to fit into the chair. If you have to squeeze into the
chair then it does not fit, no matter how comfortable it may
seem once you are seated. There should be room between the
armrests and your body. In addition, the armrests need to
interact with the desk. A good office chair will have adjustable
armrests. What good are armrests if they are not useable or
uncomfortable to use? Quality armrests can help with tasks
like reading and writing, and taking pressure and tension
off the neck and shoulders.
Zody - Chair by Haworth. Zody
is the first chair endorsed by the American Physical Therapy
Association. Ergonomic standards and guidelines recommend
several working postures - sitting while reclining, upright,
or in forward tilt; standing or alternating between sitting
and standing. This ergonomic chair allows users to sit in
these different positions and provides features and adjustments
with the ability to enhance the comfort, productivity, and
overall well-being of the occupant.
4. Height Adjustments
are not all the same height. Therefore, your office chair
must have a height adjustment. The specifications to adjust
your office chair and to promote good posture are as follows:
thighs should be horizontal to the ground while both feet
are on the ground and wrists should be straight while typing.
If you cannot find an office chair height that allows both
of the above, you may want to find a way to alter the height
of your keyboard so that you can have straight wrists while
typing and your body is aligned properly with the chair and
Trey Chair. A multifunctional wonder like no other
chair that serves as a comfortable desk chair, but also
a rocker with an extra seat for a friend, foot stool, laptop
desk, or side table. See it HERE.
chair must be stable. Your chair tipping over when you are
in it is not funny. Serious and permanent injury can occur.
Look for a chair on wheels that swivels and a five-point base
that will not flip you over on your head when you recline.
So, take time when you are out shopping for your new office
furniture, take this article with you. Once you have decided
on your new office chair, make sure it possesses all of the
above features. As mentioned earlier, a good office chair
will improve posture and eliminate aches and pains.
was adapted from: www.furniturestoreblog.com
I need to paint the inside of my house, but don’t want to
use the traditional paints, which I know have many chemicals. Are
there chemical-free alternatives?
Response: Traditional household paints contain
many chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which
are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that are volatile, meaning
that they like to exist as a gas. The type and amount of VOCs in
a household paint generally varies with the type and brand of paint,
but traditional household paints generally contain many VOCs, including
benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene. Some of these VOCs have been
linked in scientific studies to bad health outcomes, including eye,
nose and throat irritation, nausea, headaches, and even cancer...
Read More HERE.
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