SWAY – an exceptional standing seat

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    The Swiss furniture manufacturer Girsberger will present SWAY, a new standing seat, at Orgatec in Cologne. Following the CORPO range of chairs, this is the second piece of furniture designed by Burkhard Vogtherr for Girsberger. And once again, the designer’s flair for minimalist and intelligent chair concepts is evident. The flexible connection between the chair’s base and support leg is what makes SWAY different from the usual standing seats. The base remains firmly on the floor, while a special buffer element makes it possible for the leg to adopt a leaning position. The further the leg leans, the stronger the counter pressure becomes. This new kind of system – for which a patent application has been made – allows the user to feel safe in spite of the seat’s mobility. In addition, a slightly inclined seat leg will make him use his own legs for support from the front. This is an additional inducement to adopt an ideal and back-friendly posture.

    The uses SWAY can be put to are practically unlimited: at a standing desk at the office, in a laboratory, at a shop counter, in a doctor’s practice, at the hairdressers, for household work, in a studio…. Standing chairs are also suitable for use in conference rooms or in waiting areas in office buildings.

    SWAY is available with a base and a seat which are both either round or square. The round version has a swivelling seat to promote dynamic sitting and movement. The priority of the square version with a fixed seat, on the other hand, is to convey a feeling of safe support. The height of the seat is easily adjusted by one simple movement of the hand.

    Orgatec, the leading trade fair for office furnishings, takes place from October 26 to 30 at Cologne’s exhibition center. You will find Girsberger in Hall 10.2 at Stand No L002/P002.

    Images supplied by Girsberger

    Daniel Fountain / 16.09.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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