Rethinking Sitting by Peter OpsvikRethinking Sitting by Peter Opsvik

Rethinking Sitting

byPeter Opsvik

Paperback | May 12, 2009

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For millions of years humans have led physically active lives. In recent centuries, however, industrialization has fostered passivity and the growing predominance of the sitting posture for more and more people. Increasingly, chairs and furniture for sitting have become standard pieces of equipment in the workplace, institutions, and private homes. These sitting devices were designed according to the established standard of the chair, based on the accepted western manner of sitting.

In Rethinking Sitting, Scandinavian industrial designer Peter Opsvik addresses the issue of whether this is the only, and functionally best, design for the human body. When the various authorities on ergonomics promote their one and only “correct” sitting posture, he says all of them are right: Every recommended sitting posture is good. 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.

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. Rethinking Sitting contains important information for everyone who is interested, for professional, educational, or personal reasons, in sitting solutions.
Peter Opsvik, whose chairs are available internationally, has his own design studio in Oslo, Norway.
Title:Rethinking SittingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.45 × 8.34 × 0.57 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393732886

ISBN - 13:9780393732887


Editorial Reviews

While designers and ergonomic engineers will value the author’s discussions of balance and the Balans principle, general audiences can appreciate the unusual designs and practical thought behind this volume. — Book News