2017: Design of a cozy and ergonomic workplace

By Julia Gutiérrez Rodríguez and María Morales Salto-Weis in collaboration with Jooy.

Traditional workplace furniture in offices usually consists of a simple table and a chair. This concept of office furniture is changing into a more modern and versatile offices. Nowadays, companies are trying to break these stereotypes of the traditional offices in order to help employees work in a more comfortable, relaxed and ergonomic way.

The goal of this project is to perform a new concept of a furniture product that can enable a person with a laptop or tablet to work in a cozy workplace with better ergonomics than a plain armchair. The main characteristics this product will provide are comfort and compactness. This product could be considered as an in between piece of furniture: an ordinary office workplace furniture and an armchair. The product is functional and considering ergonomics, materials and resistance is easy to use.

The final result of the development of a cozy and ergonomic workplace is an armchair consisting of eight parts, which are very easy to assemble, and it uses sustainable materials as ash wood or organic cotton. One characteristic thing of this product is that the table have double support not to bend. The product has two different positions, one where the table is placed ready to work on it and another position with the table placed on one side of the armchair, so in this way the table never folds and can always have things on top.

Sketches of the chair and table

Sketches of the chair and built-in table.

The full report can be found at http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13951

Computer rendering

Computer rendering
Computer renderings

 

Prototype to test seating angles
A prototype to test seating angles with users