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Steelcase Introduces Gesture

Steelcase unveils a chair that’s specially tailored to fit new postures in the workplace.

Steelcase Introduces Gesture


October 24th, 2013

In conducting a Global Posture Study in 11 countries, and observing over 2,000 people in a wide range of environments and postures, Steelcase researchers found that the use of new technologies have led to nine new postures that are not supported by office chairs today. If not adequately addressed, these new postures can lead workers to experience pain, discomfort and long-term injuries.


“We love our technology – it’s become a ubiquitous extension of ourselves,” says James Ludwig, Vice President of Global Design for Steelcase. “The user interface is intuitive and responds to various gestures. But what about gesture recognition for the human body? The way technology impacts our body as we work has been largely ignored.”


Responding to the findings of the study, Steelcase has launched a new task chair, aptly named ‘Gesture’, that is inspired by studying the movement of the human body and the ways people work today.


Like the human body, Gesture is designed as a system of synchronised interfaces: the core interface, the limb interface, and the seat interface.


Core interface: The chair’s back and seat move as one to give the user continuous lumbar support. The back also cradles the user no matter the technology device used or posture taken.

Limb interface: The chair’s arm allows users to get closer to their work while ensuring their arms and shoulders are continually supported. The arms of the chair are also specially positioned to support a wider range of postures and people.

Seat interface: With the contoured seat distributing weight, Gesture allows a range of postures to occur, without users experiencing leg discomfort.

“Gesture reflects a new science of sitting,” notes Ludwig. “When you feel it, you’ll get it.”


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