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The evolution of HON’s Ignition seating line

History hasn’t been revealing in who invented the first chair, but it was likely back in the Neolithic Period. Stone tools allowed our ancestors to take some of the first steps towards developing furniture by chiseling away a bench out of a larger rock.

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A modern interpretation of the klismos chair. Photo credit: 1stdibs.com.

Around the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, chairs were status symbols. Common folk sat on stools while those of royalty or elite status sat in chairs with backs and arms. From the inception of the words chair and throne, there has seemingly been a difference. Chair can be traced back to the Greeks and means ‘to sit down’, whereas throne comes from an Indo-European base for ‘hold’ or ‘support’ (Jewell & Abate, 2001). As has been interpreted, the discrepancy in the two meanings shows how chairs are for anyone to sit in while the throne supported the elite.

In the 5th century B.C., the Greeks invented one of the most depicted chairs in all of antiquity, the klismos chair. The light-weight chair with curved legs is seen on many painted pieces of pottery, stone carvings, and other artworks. While elegant, without further structural support the legs can spread apart and eventually crack or break when someone sits down on the seat (Crantz, 1998).

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The throne of King Louis XIV of France. Public domain.

After a period of relative stagnation, chairs and thrones resumed their larger role in society in the Renaissance. They became refined, highly decorated, and comfortable. These places to sit became pieces of art, adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones (de Dampierre, 2006). Different types of chairs were starting to be widely used. Those who could afford them now had separate dining chairs, side chairs, armchairs, and other specific-use seating.

Today, as our lives become less about threshing and more about checking email, there are seating styles that are more practical and ergonomic for our hours in front of a computer. The classic task chairs are now designed to be comfortable and adjustable in a multitude of ways. There are different options for perching, for learning, and sitting at conference tables.

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The HON Ignition 2.0 task chair is an example of 21st century functionality. It provides a breathable mesh back, adjustable arms, lumbar support, and a synchronized tilt that allows the user to adjust the chair to meet his or her needs.

The rest of this post is a quote from Witold Rybczynski, the author of Now I Sit Me Down. It shows how a difference in seating habits can result in a wide variety of cultural norms.

“If you sit on floor mats, you are likely to develop an etiquette that requires removing footwear before entering the home. You are also more likely to wear sandals or slippers rather than laced-up shoes, and loose clothing that enables you to squat or sit cross-legged. Floor-sitters tend not to use tall wardrobes—it is more convenient to store things in chests and low cabinets closer to floor level. People who sit on mats are more likely to sleep on mats, too, just as chair-sitters are more likely to sleep in beds. Chair-sitting societies develop a variety of furniture such as dining tables, dressing tables, coffee tables, desks, and sideboards. Sitting on the floor also affects architecture: walking around the house in bare feet or socks demands smooth floors—no splinters—preferably warm wood rather than stone; places to sit are likely to be covered with soft mats or woven carpets; tall windowsills and very tall ceilings hold less appeal. Lastly, posture has direct physical effects. A lifetime of sitting unsupported on the floor develops muscles not required for chair-sitting, which is why chair-sitters, unaccustomed to sitting cross-legged, soon become uncomfortable in that position. And vice versa.” 

As you can see, humans have had a long history with the chair. From chiseled benches and wood-carved stools to task seating with ergonomic designs, we have come a long way.

Make sure that you aren’t left in the stone age and check out the new HON seating options at hon.com.

References

Crantz, G. (1998). The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

de Dampierre, F. (2006). Chairs: A History. New York: Abrams.

Friedman, U. (2016, August 30). A Global History of Sitting Down. Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/08/chairs-history-witold-rybczynski/497657/

Jewell, E. J., & Abate, F. (2001). The New Oxford American Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rybczynski, W. (2016). Now I sit me down: from klismos to plastic chair: a natural history. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 

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When it comes to sitting, HON is taking a stand for greater comfort and productivity. It has been a year since we launched the high performance task seating line, Solve, and we are excited to introduce even more features to this versatile solution. Here are three more ways to put the power of customization in your hands with Solve:

HON Solve Seating has expanded1. Whether you want to match your brand aesthetic or just pick your favorite color, make a design statement with the new Titanium frame.

Solve seating now offers a Titanium frame

2. One of Solve’s three back options, ilira®-stretch, is a knit fabric that uses your own weight to create a softer, more personal fit. If comfortability wasn’t enough, we’ve added new color options, including recently launched Navy, Charcoal and Chai. This responsive mesh back is also available in Fog and the traditional Black.

HON has added new mesh back color options to Solve

3. More options mean more control over your chair and how you work. Now you can choose from fixed arms, height- and width-adjustable arms, or 4D arms that adjust in all directions to enjoy truly customized support.

Solve now offers new Fixed or 4D arms

State of the art ReActiv™ Back technology. Three back options. Adjustable arms. Optional lumbar support. Advanced ergonomic tilt control. Backed by HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty. There are so many reasons why Solve is the answer for comfort and versatility.

Want to learn more about how the latest Solve expansion can help you keep up with evolving work styles and environments? Visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Just like Goldie sought to find her perfect fit before getting comfortable, it’s the same story when it comes to office furniture. Employees are safer, better supported and generally happier contributors when ergonomics are taken into consideration.  To meet the individual needs of a variety of users, HON designed Solve, a versatile seating solution that’s sure to be a happy ending for everybody.  Every body. Here’s a “taste” of the three unique back options for the Solve seating line that are bound to help you find the fit that’s “just right” for you:

Solve with ilira®-Stretch Mesh Back
In October of 2015, The Solve mesh back option was introduced.  At first sit, you’ll notice something different about this mesh right away, with a level of comfort and support that is a step above the standard, run of the mill mesh.  The patented ilira®-stretch mesh is knit, not woven, and moves in 4 ways to provide multi-directional support.  You might recognize it from our other HON seating favorites, such as Nucleus®, Ceres® or the Endorse® Collection. Consider this the ‘soft’ solution that helps regulate body temperature when you’re hard at work.

Solve ilira-stretch mesh back from The HON Company

Solve with ReActiv™ Back
Let’s give a warm welcome to the ReActiv™ back!  This is a brand new back material for HON that provides a unique support style.  The ReActiv back is a hexagonal pattern of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) featuring intersecting nodes that act independently and provide the best of both worlds – the rigidity of a standard back with the breathability of mesh.  Not to mention the interesting design aesthetic it adds to the workplace. I personally consider this the ‘just right’ solution.

Solve ReActiv Back from HON

Solve with Upholstered ReActiv™ Back
Also a newcomer to the Solve line, the Upholstered ReActiv back isn’t your ordinary upholstery method.  We’ve used the Reactiv back as the base with a layer of foam and your choice of six Compass fabric colorways. The unique quality of this Solve back model is that it provides the user with maximum support while still regulating body temperature through the ventilated back.  I consider this the ‘firm’ solution.

Solve Upholstered ReActiv Back Model from The HON Company

One of the highlights of this flexible seating line is that it can be easily customized to meet the individual needs of each user. To find which Solve back option fits you “just right”, I encourage everyone to take a test drive for themselves.  Once you do, I’m sure you’ll find your search for a universal task seating solution…SOLVED!  Find your local HON dealer here and then let us know – which is your favorite?

For more information, please visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com or view the Solve brochure.

Today’s workers are becoming more mobile, increasing the need for a seating solution that can support them as they transition between individual and collaborative work environments. Solve task chairs were designed to intuitively adapt to each user’s body and movement to provide all day comfort and support as the way we work continues to evolve. For those of you that are struggling with your typical “everyday” office chair… let us SOLVE your problem!

Solve Seating Statement of Line

To provide the high level of personalization required to meet the ergonomic and functional needs of a variety of users throughout your space, Solve task chairs and stools feature 3 unique back materials, three ergonomic controls, and an optional adjustable lumbar support and arms. Additional features, such as the seat glide and waterfall seat edge, enhance natural movement and increase leg circulation. The synchronized seat and back move in harmony with the user to provide continuous comfort that can be customized, allowing people to work anywhere from individual workstations to private offices, training areas to meeting rooms.

Solve seating with ilira-stretch mesh back

The beauty of Solve is reflected in the design statement it makes for any organization. The new streamlined, geometric ReActiv™ back boasts an interesting hexagonal pattern and is available in two classic colors, Charcoal or Platinum. The upholstered ReActiv back showcases 6 colors from our new Compass fabric, and with the seat available in hundreds of HON fabric selections you have the ability to mix and match for a dual-fabric look! The soft ilira®-stretch mesh back is available in Black to coordinate with virtually any aesthetic.

Solve Seating with ReActiv Back

Backed by HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty, the Solve family of chairs offers the flexibility to support an entire space as well as the durability to last for years to come. The applications really are endless! Whatever your workplace need, let Solve be the solution.

For more information, visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com.

Solve Seating with Upholstered ReActiv Back

When you’re at work, how often do you stop to take a look at the finishes at your desk or personal work space? I’m sure you would be able to talk about how much storage you have (or are lacking!), the comfiness of your chair, and the personal items you have displayed.

But have you ever stopped to really look at the aesthetics of your workspace? What color is your desk? What color is your chair? Is there a pattern? Although I’m probably more in tune with available fabrics and finishes, given I work at an industry-leading furniture manufacturer, it’s interesting to think about how companies select product finishes, and how much finishes matter. Even more so, how much fabrics have evolved over time.

Working in Customer Support provides me with access to just about every HON Pricer in recent memory. Walk with me down memory lane as we look at fabrics that HON offered in the late 1990’s (mill name and pattern information is not provided to protect the innocent):

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Fabric card courtesy of HON Customer Support resources

 

Now, I’m a big fan of the 90’s – sitcoms, stirrup pants, and the Spice Girls. But, you’ll notice the fabric cards are pretty …. basic. This fabric card has only 3 fabric colors, which didn’t offer a whole lot of selection or variety.

Fast forward to 2015, which HON has internally deemed the “Year of Fabrics and Finishes” and I think you will see our product offering is leading the way in changing the workplace environment. Some of my favorite HON fabrics are below:

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Each one of these fabrics seems to have a personality and is so different from the others. Starting in late fall of 2014, HON has since launched 8 new seating fabric cards, all focused on high performance attributes, with another new seating pattern coming in September. There have also been 5 new panel fabrics introduced.

HON is excited to continue to offer a variety of fabrics that fit every budget and workplace. If you have a chance, come visit us at NeoCon in suite #1130 to see other exciting new fabrics and finishes! And the next time you’re at your desk, take a look at the fabric – what story does it tell?

What color is your HON chair?

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