In Peter Opsvik’s Rethinking Sitting, the issue is addressed as to whether this is the only, and functionally best, design for the human body. When the various. 2 Jun Rethinking Sitting showcases Opsvik’s career with a variety of chairs that make Bill Stumpf’s Aeron seem downright anachronistic. While the. In Rethinking Sitting, Scandinavian industrial designer Peter Opsvik addresses Opsvik sees it as his task to design chairs that allow as many different sitting.

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Already have an account? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Rethinking Sitting Peter Opsvik W. Most chairs are composed of simple bent birch and cotton padded supports, with nary a lever to be found, but once a human being sits on it, the chairs deform, rethinkiny and rock into a variety of positions.

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It was Opsvik who introduced the concept of adjustable seat depth on a office chair for HAG some 34 years ago and it is scandalous that this vital adjustment function is missing from the vast majority of office swivel chairs today. These sitting devices were designed according to the established standard of the chair, based on the accepted western manner of sitting. His work shows how the norms of sitting nicely and sitting still can be broken. Write a customer review. Get sithing Know Us.

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The Hidden Art of Designers, Petsr and Creatives, commercial artist and graphic designer Ed Fella confides, “in an artist friend gave me a sketchbook, saying ‘Even though you’re a designer, you think like an artist and should keep a sketchbook. Increasingly, chairs and furniture for sitting have become standard pieces of equipment in the workplace, institutions, and private homes.

Between text messages and mouse movements, repetitive injuries are on the rise and people spend increasing portions of their sittng on their increasingly large behinds staring into a CRT tube. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


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Midway through Richard Brereton’s Sketchbooks: Speaking of chair design with a near philosophical reverence, he notes that it’s harder to watch a parade sittkng to be in one, and then ponders why “Prussian discipline” of the s is still central to the design of our working places. Not so long ago, in the Cameron Crow eighties of “Say Anything,” sitting down to read an encyclopedia or a pdter would have represented the very pinnacle of uncoolness. He then moves on to a chair I had in childhood, the Variable Balans, an arched “G” of wood that allowed for resting knees and upper body rocking.

From there, his concepts veer further from our rectilinear conception of a seat without losing sight of goals like support and scalability. How right he is. A Scandinavian furniture designer offers insight into his thinking about sitting and explains the philosophy that informs his pioneering chairs.

Rethinking Sitting is quite simply a beautiful reference work containing useful information for all who are interested, for professional, educational or personal reasons, in sitting solutions. Beginning with cantilevered rockers, Opsvik embraces his materials and allows the bentwood to flex as users lean back.

Every recommended sitting posture is good. Peter Opsvik, a Norwegian designer, has been working on improving the human working posture for over forty years, with a single-mindedness that makes his whole career look like one extended project. In a short introduction, Opsvik explains that the basic structure and design of chairs has remained unchanged since ancient Egypt, before quickly turning to theory and biomechanics.

A while back I read an interview that was done with Peter Opsvik.

sittong Instead, he has worked on creating products at either end of the spectrum of this style. This foundation provides support for information projects that aim to limit climate changes caused by humankind.

Later versions like the Duo Balans incorporate backrests and further support. Very good for anyone who is serious about designing chairs! Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


Keep me signed in Cancel. With the other group of products or objects, he hopes to move emotionally. Via texts and examples drawn from a profuse production, the reader will gain insight into Opsvik’s thinking on the subject of sitting and his furniture designs.

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By creating a Core77 account you confirm that you accept the Terms of Use. This is genius Thank you Mr. Increasingly, chairs and furniture for sitting have become standard pieces of equipment in the workplace, institutions, and private homes. The only bad thing I can stay about this book is that I often read it at the end of the day, when my back was hurting, which made Peter Opsvik’s observations on the problems of modern seating seem Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Rethinking Sitting showcases Opsvik’s career with a variety of chairs that make Bill Stumpf’s Witting seem downright anachronistic. Opsvik sees it as his task to design chairs that allow as many different sitting postures as possible and make it easy to move and change frequently between positions.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Explore the Home Gift Guide. In this beautifully illustrated reference Opsvik offers insight into his thinking on the subject of sitting and explains the philosophy that informs his furniture designs.