Saturday, February 26, 2005

The office chair goes to school

"With our newfound obsession with design -- in our homes and offices, stores and restaurants, even our cars -- it's surprising the classroom has been so utterly ignored. Take a look around on your next school open house. What you see may shock you."

I wondered how an ergonomically engineered, modern-day office chair might enhance the classroom experience of an educator like Finlayson, who is known for his high energy and unconventional approach (he is my son's teacher). Since Toronto's Teknion was offering a trial of its sleek new Contessa chair, I asked Finlayson whether he would like to give it a whirl.

"This chair is a celebrity," he said when I visited his classroom recently. "When it arrived, word got out and all these people came up to see it. The custodian was in here studying it."

Contestia - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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