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Gesture

Winner - Spark!

Competition: Spark:Product
Designer: Steelcase Design Team
Design Type: Furniture-Office
Company / Organization / School: Steelcase

Technology is the single greatest force driving the changes in the way we work, live and behave. The new, multiple devices we deploy throughout our work day allow us to flow between tasks, fluidly, and frequently. However, these devices also cause us to sit differently than ever before when engaging with them. Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. It was inspired by the movement of the human body and created for the way we work today, with today’s most prevalent devices such as smart phones and tablets. Steelcase undertook a global posture study in 11 countries, observing 2000 people in a wide range of postures and uncovered nine new postures as a result of new technologies and behaviors. They studied how the human body interacts with technologies and how it responds as workers shift from one device to another. Research revealed ergonomic implications that, if not adequately addressed, can cause pain and discomfort for workers. These results influenced the creation of Gesture - which is designed to be as advanced as the technology we’re using today and to provide complete support for today’s workforce – unlike any other chair on the market.