Continuing the legacy of the ON chair, which took home “Best of Competition” five years ago, Wilkhahn’s new office chair, IN, recently achieved Gold status at NeoCon 2015.
June 18th, 2015
Photographs courtesy of Wilkhahn
The newly released IN Chair by Wilkhahn is already making waves in the market. The ergonomic office chair took home the prestigious “Gold Award” for the ‘Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task’ category at NeoCon 2015.
When developing the IN chair, Wilkhahn sought to impart movement into a simple, compact and cost-efficient chair to enable more beneficiaries. The IN chair is defined by Trimension®, a “patented synchronous adjustment kinematics” – a technology considered by experts as a ground-breaking invention in the office furniture field.
As Wilkhahn has devoted decades of research to make people less desk-bound, the technology stimulates slight movements within its user, improving health, concentration and productivity levels. To achieve this, the German furniture manufacturer’s team of engineers and designers layered several complementing technological features into IN: the swivel arms move separately from one another and form part of the three-dimensional synchronous adjustment mechanism; resistance can be adjusted by turning a knob; the forward tilt can be activated to allow a range of motion within the chair.
Users can also maintain their centre of gravity with a supporting seat and back component that connects with the mechanism via ‘hip’ and ‘knee’ joints. Support within the swivel chair is provided by the backrest cover made of form-fit knit – a material used in sports shoes development.
Slight shifts in weight translates into body-friendly movements as the seat and backrest follows the body dynamically and seamlessly, much like a second skin, as Wilkhahn continues its work in the study of “posture-based to motion-based seating.”
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