What can you expect from a chair? Give you comfort, help maintain your posture or add definition to your house, but have you ever heard of a chair being designed to make you happy and to give you feelings of happiness? It sounds bizarre and trust me looks the same too. It has been developed and conceptualised by the duo of Dr Patrik Kunzler and designer Ben Fluri. This chair looks nothing like its counterparts and does much more than just it.
Designed like a new piece of art at MIT, this chair has no arm rests or back rest for support. The seat of the chair has been made using two carbon shells which is in present time used in Formula One car production. It moves as the user moves and with ease. It’s being touted as an office chair which focuses on the body posture the user sits in and balances the movements of the body to make it correct. It will make you sit so well that you would just about start relaxing on it. Thereon, the chair is designed in a manner that the user feels a sense of weightlessness which is expected to help the user in staying relaxed and focused. This attitude will not only make the user feel livelier and happy but will also nurture his or her creativity and performance.
It’s called the LimbIC and would surely make a big hole in your pocket at a price quote of £5,400 ($8450). If you think that the cost is going to be any hindrance in its popularity and sales then you have it wrong as Inno-Motion, Dr Kunzler’s Swiss company is already flooded with orders. Popular with office workers, this company is also seeing a surging rise in the demand from artists, dentists and doctors.
Many researchers have claimed that sitting at our workplace is the reason for many of our societal illnesses and diseases. Mental and physical health has seen a downtrend because of our workplace habits and this led to the group to develop something that could make us happier at work.
If you are wondering about the name and inspiration behind the name of this chair then let me tell you that it’s after the human limbic system. It’s the part of the brain that stimulates emotion. Thus you can say that it’s the first one-of-a-kind chair which has used neuroscience.
In a talk with Dr Kunzler he said, “The effortless, upright position relieves the inter-vertebral disks in the spine by avoiding pressure points. And the constant, if minute, movements improve disc nutrition and build up the strength and coordination of the spinal muscles. It increases the sense of touch and movement and trains your sense of balance. It is having a very positive affect. It gives you the sort of feeling you’d have if you jumped up and down. We gave the chair to a stressed finance worker and he immediately started moving in a skiing motion, looking like a schoolboy.”