Monday, November 03, 2008

How the Aeron Chair Inspired Burton

How the Aeron chair was developed ...

"Office furniture doesn't usually inspire outdoor activity. But designers at Burton Snowboards saw more in the Aeron chair than a cockpit for sedentary pursuits. They found kinetics in ergonomics and high performance in space-age materials. By applying parallel design elements to the company's 2009 CO2 board bindings ($390), Burton took imitation and flattery to a new altitude.

(A) SPINE

Constructed out of injection-molded thermal plastic, the stiff core of the CO2 mirrors the Aeron's Y-shape back design. By attaching at four points, the spine provides additional strength and gives the binding a tight rack-and-pinion feel.

(B) MESH

The Aeron's signature webbing helps the CO2 reduce weight and creates a form fit to the boot. It also serves as a contact point, which helps transfer energy from the rider to the board. More energy, more speed, and more comfort make boarders want to stay on the mountain longer.

(C) FRAME

Before the CO2, high-back bindings were built symmetrically and didn't compensate for the snowboarders' angled leg stance. The result: an occasional, painful "calf bite" after heavy landings. Following the Aeron's attention to ergonomics, Burton tweaked the frame 7 degrees, which increased closeness to the leg and, mercifully, muzzles the bite."    (Continued via Fast Company)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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