Upright furniture refers to an emerging class of furniture that promotes a healthy posture between sitting and standing. The "lean-to-stand" body position achieved in upright furniture is natural, dynamic and encourages us to engage the core muscles that the body was meant to use. These muscles are rarely used when sitting in the traditional sense.
Upright furniture invites us to shift the body weight forward and off of the lower back. This results in a forward rotation of the pelvis and places our spinal column in a healthy, upright and stacked position. This "triangulation" of our body mass not only shifts our weight off of the lower back muscles, but it also opens our hip angle and promotes better circulation and breathing. If you haven't given this class of furniture a try, you might be surprised how natural, comfortable and healthy it is.
Companies like Focal upright furniture, Aeris, and Varier are pioneering the progressive ergonomic movement. With a focus on open hip angles, movement, and healthy postures, products like the Focal Locus desk are reinventing the way we interact with our work environments.
Focal Upright Furniture, founded by Martin Keen of Keen footwear, is committed to delivering more healthy sitting and working options. The Focal Locus Desk and Seat support your body without establishing harmful habits. Instead, Martin Keen’s desk and seat work against the phenomenon of “sitting disease” by raising the seat and work surface height to a half-standing, perching position. By working in a more active way, you are able to focus on the task in front of you rather than the chair under you.
“Sitting disease is an epidemic,” said Keen. “You spend a third of your life at work, behind your desk and in a chair. This can lead to chronic aches and back issues. Locus™ is the solution – supporting the user’s natural balancing point, encouraging healthy movement, blood circulation and oxygen flow.”
Other upright furniture products like the Muvman or Varier Move stool also encourage an open hip angle and active sitting. As people begin to feel the difference after eight hours of working in a more healthy way, progressive ergonomic products and upright furniture will begin to change the way we all work.
It’s our hope that by working better people will begin to live better. We are excited about the innovation happening all over the world to encourage more healthy work environments. Products like Martin Keen’s Focal Desk will give people an entirely new way to work, one that feels much more natural than sitting in a static position for eight hours a day. The dynamic Focal Locus Seat, Muvman, and Move stool all keep you moving throughout your day.