Herman Miller is a 100+ year-old company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service and the health and well-being of customers and employees. They are also a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments and related technologies and services.
We had a chat with Herman Miller about 'ergonomics' and their recent launch of Lino - new work chair, that has been successfully introduced in the United States in 2018 and is now open to the Middle East, UK and Europe markets. Here's what they had to say.
1) Why should organizations switch to using an ergonomic work chair?
At Herman Miller, design starts with the person. And an ergonomic work chair is the pinnacle of human-centered design. The recognition that a chair should support the sitter is a concept that has kept our designers busy since the 1940s but it was formalized by the thinking of Bill Stumpf when he developed Ergon, and later Aeron.
For Stumpf, comfort was the cornerstone of his approach to design and fundamentally this is true today – companies should invest in an ergonomic task chair to ensure their workers are comfortable all day, every day. This is more important than ever as people spend longer sat at their desks working.
Ergonomics also go further than simply the chairs in a workspace. At Herman Miller, we look at people’s behaviors as well as their physical comfort. We study the purpose behind people’s work, their postures, and movements. We look at what they need to produce their best work and this, in turn, influences the products we develop. Unless space is designed from the beginning with people at the center, rather than technology, the tools we use can dictate undignified, uncomfortable, and unhealthy postures.
Who here hasn’t crawled around under tables looking for an outlet or hunched over their laptop for two hours straight? Often when you hear “ergonomics” you think physical fit—and we will spend a lot of time on that today. But physical, cognitive, and social are interrelated. Optimizing performance and creating a more naturally human experience of work requires considering ergonomics from all three angles so we can minimize the compromises a person needs to make in any knowledge work environment.
2) How popular is the concept of using ergonomic chairs across workplaces in the Middle East?
30% across the Middle East region. Ergonomics plays a pivotal role in this and is one of the key cornerstones to creating a well-defined workspace.
Just as we account for variations in physical size and shape, we need to account for variations in cognitive and social experiences.
Offices and workspaces that take the whole human into account help make us happier, healthier and more productive and therefore prosperous.
A workplace should be able to perform to individual and organizational needs as they vary and change over time.
Ergonomics in the workplace is more than a good chair and it tends to be an on-going challenge in many organizations to get people to think beyond the traditional workstation – a chair, a desk, a monitor arm.
3) How is Lino different from other Herman Miller chairs?
Charged with designing a high-performance work chair at an exceptional value, award-winning designers Hecht and Colin found inspiration in constraint.
Lino’s contoured seat works together with its high-performance Duo Suspension to give you total spinal support, and the breathable suspension features integrated lumbar support thanks to a composite of different thread tensions. Thanks to their design prowess and our ergonomic expertise—including our patented PostureFit technology—Lino joins our portfolio of high-performance work chairs.
Lino marries Hecht and Colin’s design expertise to the comfort you’d expect from a Herman Miller task chair. It has been made to our highest quality standards and rigorously engineered, tooled, and tested. Customize your Lino Chair by choosing between a Black or Mineral frame, six different suspension colors, and a large variety of upholstery options. For the base, choose a color that matches the frame or, for a sleeker look, turns to polished aluminum.
That attention to detail is also apparent in the chair’s minimal environmental impact. Lino is backed by our 12-year, 3-shift warranty. Lino has just been launched in the region, so it is too soon to see it in workspaces in the Middle East. But early indicators are that it won’t be long before it is seen all over.