A chair is just a chair, right?
I always thought that. As someone who can work from home, I write from almost anywhere. From my bed, from my couch, from my kitchen counter, from my standing desk . I've been using an Autonomous SmartDesk 2 for years, mostly standing, as I never thought I would sit in a chair all day, yet still feel comfortable. I had already tried some high-end chairs, but none that was really enlightening.
And then I had to spend a few weeks with the SteelCase gesture. For the first time, I really understood why someone in the realm of a showpiece would spend money on a chic chair. This thing is incredibly comfortable, but moreover, it's pretty much convenient as you would like to use it .
According to Steelcase, in a study spanning six continents, new research into sitting has been developed and over 2,000 people. Technology has changed our way of working. Sometimes we sit relaxed and watch cat videos, others reject us in a productivity boost. Sometimes we lean back thoughtfully, others hold a tablet in our hands instead of writing at a desk. Combine that with a variety of body types, and create the perfect chair at any time.
Nevertheless, the gesture tries to adapt to all of these scenarios. It can carry weights of up to 40 kg, the flexible backrest adapts to your posture and it is equipped with a variety of adjustments to set just the right fit.
A nice surprise is that the chair is completely assembled. Granted, the box is huge and could be maneuverable through a narrow hallway at 70 pounds, but that's a low price for a chair that you know will be expertly assembled right out of the box. You do not want an armrest to fall down because you did not put a screw tight enough, which definitely never happened to me.
This weight gives the chair an immediate sense of quality. It feels like it could take a while and more. It is also an attractive chair. I've tested a basic black version, but you can customize it in just about any color you want.
Having heard so much about the comfort of the gesture, I felt I had to expect my first seat to feel like it was floating cloud. This description is inaccurate. This is not a big leather chair.
A more specific description would be insertion into a partial exoskeleton, an Iron Man suit for the back and buttocks. The gesture not only feels comfortable, but actively supports your body in various positions.
You can make many adjustments. Of course, you can adjust the seat height, but you can also adjust the depth of the seat, the height of the lumbar support, the amount of back tilt, the resistance to tipping and the height, width, depth and angle of the armrests. In addition, these adjustments are intuitive and easy to do in no time.
I've never noticed how good armrests can affect my comfort, but in the end that was one of my favorite pastimes in the gesture. It helps me position my arms correctly for typing and gives me extra support when I lean in, test numerous devices or just hold a book in my hands. No, I do not need the help to hold up a book – although for some people this could be a real blessing to accessibility – but all these additional support measures add up over a period of eight or nine hours.
The chair back almost seems to hug you while you work. I tend to sit upright most of the time – at an angle of almost 90 degrees – and occasionally sit back when I'm thinking or distracted. The gesture constantly supported my lower and upper back, flexible enough to accommodate subtle movements. My only problem is that I wish the lumbar support height adjustments were a bit more pronounced.
Although the gesture feels pleasant from the beginning, I felt that I appreciated its benefits only in the long run.
I started Notice how much easier it was to concentrate. I have not done all the little comfort settings that I made during the day. Attempting to find a convenient way of working detracts, and studies show that depending on the degree of distraction, it can take an average of 23 minutes to get back into the flow of the river .
Even if we consider the accommodation of comfort a minor inconvenience, these minutes will quickly add up. While it is always a good idea to get up and move – and I would still switch between sitting and standing – I can honestly say that the gesture is the only chair I've ever felt like sitting all day to be able to. Damn, sometimes I even rolled it out of my office into the living room (by the way, these rolls are very smooth just because it was more comfortable than my couch). 19659002] The Steelcase gesture starts at around $ 1,000 and goes up to around $ 1,800 if you want leather upholstery and sophisticated features. Yes, a grand is still a lot money that you can spend on a chair. There are imitators and cheaper options for far less – even for good ones. I got along well with Laura Davidson's $ 290 Bowery Chair, a Herman-Miller-Sayl look. And despite the ease with which I found the gesture, it may not be for you.
The gesture, however, also makes you a long-term investment in a reputable company. There's a reason why Steelcase offers one of the best warranties for the key components, namely 12 years. The frame itself is covered for life. It's a chair that feels like it's been for years (so it's probably also a good idea to buy second-hand).
It was difficult to return the gesture, and not just because it weighs 70 pounds. I intend to buy one for myself one day – spending $ 1,000 on a chair does not seem so ridiculous anymore.
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Published October 11, 2019 – 00:25 UTC