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Sedus rethinks sitting – a paradigm shift

It was just a utopian dream only a few years ago, but now it is a reality: Sedus designers and engineers have created the se:motion, a swivel chair that works without conventional mechanics and makes ergonomic and agile work affordable to everyone.

Terms such as work 2.0, co-working, and smart office are increasingly hitting the headlines with stories of changes to traditional office environments. New workplace concepts and ways of working are needed, and these demand a rethink of everything from space design to new product solutions.

The classic office swivel chair, assigned to one fixed workstation, is no longer ideal for many new work environments. Young people in co-working spaces and agile teams without permanently assigned workspaces require simple, flexible, and smart solutions.

Sedus has taken this task on board and offered a new approach to sitting with its star project, se:motion. The new office swivel chair is designed to adapt to its user not the other way around. Time-wasting adjustments are now a thing of the past, as the chair automatically adapts to the user. The smart design of the new kinematics converts the force of the user’s weight on the chair into the optimum pressure for the backrest. Put simply: sit down and feel great.

The innovative geometry of se:motion is not just a smart design from a technical standpoint, deflecting force via a spring energy accumulator. It also makes a real design statement, which gives the product its lightness. Being able to achieve freedom of movement without the use ofconventional seating mechanism significantly reduces the amount of material required to make it.

Even the model without padding provides perfect support through its ergonomic design. Meanwhile, the optional upholstery for the backrest and seat are designed with sustainability in mind, and are very easy to swap out or replace by hand. That means the user can easily change the look and feel of the se:motion to ideally match the interior design at work. Design: Carlo Shayeb (Sedus Design Team)

Sedus – dynamic seating pioneers

Sedus has been driving innovation and setting industry standards for many years. The company’s renowned successes include the legendary Federdreh – the very first spring-mounted and internationally patented swivel chair (1926), the first swivel chair on castors (1929), and numerous ground-breaking patents, such as the Similar mechanism (1973) and the Similar-Swing mechanism (2012). Continuing the story, Sedus introduced the world to a new type of kinematic at Orgatec, a leading office equipment trade show, in late 2018.

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