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Steelcase introduced Gesture

The first chair designed to support our interactions with today's technologies.

Created for the way we work today.Inspired by the movement of the human body

Technology is the single greatest force driving the changes in the way we work, live and behave. The new, multiple devices we deploy throughout our work day allow us to flow between tasks, fluidly, and frequently. Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. It was inspired by the movement of the human body and created for the way we work today.

Our global study was conducted by Steelcase WorkSpace Futures and the Steelcase Design Studio.

We undertook a global posture study in 11 countries, observing 2000 people in a wide range of postures and uncovered nine new postures as a result of new technologies and behaviors. We studied how the human body interacts with technologies and how it responds as workers shift from one device to another. Research revealed ergonomic implications that, if not adequately addressed, can cause pain and discomfort for workers.

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Because these new postures are not adequately supported, workers are uncomfortable, in pain, and doing long-term harm to their bodies. While technology boosts productivity, it can cause pain that disrupts our work, our ability to concentrate, and our creativity.

Based on this research, we designed Gesture to support posture changes specifically influenced by technology devices we use today.