For healthier sitting. A chair that follows state-of-the-art ergonomic design
Published on December 7, 2016
Starting to work on the chair, they tried to talk to (nearly) everyone who would have a stake in the project: kids, teachers, school janitors, procurement managers for school furniture, even insurance companies. They wanted to learn as much as they could about the characteristics of school chairs, about their production industry, and about the school furniture market.
School furniture is a very national affair. Each country not only has its own norms and regulations but also its own school furniture industry. In Germany, 3-4 players dominate a highly consolidated market. Without outside competition, these companies don’t seem to have much pressure to innovate or implement the insights gathered in recent studies on school as a workplace.
Recently, and as part of a general attempt to better promote public health in schools, questions of ergonomic seating and working have received much attention. The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth has recently published a thorough study called “Work Place School.” The study found that dynamic sitting was the most important condition for physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. This, in turn, is the premise for healthy learning. While traditional furniture encourages children to sit straight and still, dynamic sitting allows kids to frequently change posture, even to get up during class.
PRO is implementing these findings through three design elements. First, the round seat is similar to that of a stool so that it does not prescribe a forward sitting position. Second, the slim backrest gives the torso room to move sideways. The third and most decisive design element is the backrest’s distinctive S-shape. Its lower curve allows for freedom of movement and takes strain away from the lower back and pelvis. The three-dimensional shape provides for enough structural stability that the plastic shell can be produced without fiberglass reinforcement. This, incidentally, increases recycling options.
Experience gained over more than fifty years has been incorporated into PRO: their family company started producing school furniture back in the 1950s. Within a short space of time, the name Flötotto became synonymous with a new form of dynamic seating thanks to the flexible, ergonomic seat shell made from pagwood. The Flötotto shaped seat that accompanied generations is still a piece of sophisticated culture for every day and has secured Flötotto a place in design history. They have sold over 21 million chairs since 1950.
This wealth of experience has been incorporated into the development of an innovative model: the PRO chair. With its intelligent design, the PRO chair utilises the elements of the successful pagwood model: in cooperation with internationally renowned designer Konstantin Grcic, they have taken up and mastered the challenge of developing a chair that combines functionality, ergonomics and design in a contemporary way. This has resulted in PRO, which integrates knowledge gained from the latest studies on active sitting: the polypropylene seat shell of the award-winning chair ensures constant movement when sitting and gets the user active. Versatile – ideal for your home, the property market or schools – PRO supports healthy sitting and brings together freedom, posture and design standards.
Design, mobility and ease: a new chair familiy that meets the highest standards.
Sitting still means sitting badly. PRO has a comfortably flexible seat shell and a circular seat. This allows PRO to support movement in all directions – and even encourages it. Which in turn has proven to encourage concentration and achievement potential.
For improved blood circulation, the seat is rounded. The narrow, highly curved backrest allows maximum freedom of movement for arms and provides optimal back support.
PRO is an open chair that does not dictate a sitting direction. You can also sit sideways on PRO perfectly or even straddle it. The curved backrest becomes a comfortable armrest in this case and does not cut into your arms unpleasantly.
Developed on the basis of scientific studies, PRO promotes active, dynamic sitting. And contributes to significantly improved, healthy sitting in the process.
We spend half of our lives at work. Sometimes in a classical office and sometimes in our home office. Reason enough to be discriminating when it comes to furniture. Chairs have special priority: office chairs, visitor chairs, our meeting chairs, etc. Because in the ideal case, they are a formal statement as well as an everyday comfort zone.
With PRO, Konstantin Grcic has developed a chair for Flötotto that follows state-of-the-art ergonomic design. And is a design pioneer at the same time. A chair whose construction not only allows movement in all directions, but actively stimulates it. For healthier sitting.
People who are sitting still are the only ones who can concentrate? The latest studies on “active sitting in schools” prove something else. Today we know that children learn most effectively when they are allowed to move feely. We need the opposite of “sitting still”. PRO was developed against this background.
As soon as someone sits down on it, PRO initiates minimal movements that trigger decisive reactions: the inter vertebral discs receive a continual supply of nutrients. This stimulates and strengthens the complex back muscles. The spine has more than 100 joints and PRO keeps them in balanced movement.
All PRO seat shells are made of 100% polypropylene. Which means, they are 100% recyclable. With anti-slip, matt texture on the seat and hard-wearing texture on the seat and hard-wearing surface on the back of the seat shell.