What if your office chair actually supported your every movement?

Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are being adopted into the workplace as quickly as we’ve brought them into our homes. We have contorted our habits and ourselves to fit these devices into our daily lives: we bring them to dinner with us, rest them in our laps while driving, and keep them nearby when sleeping. As mobile technology use in the workplace increases, our devices are becoming extension of us, everywhere. Ergonomic office chairs are more important today than ever before.

Gesture: the ergonomic office chair made by Steelcase

As businesses quickly bring new technology into the workplace, our bodies and our cubicles are struggling to adapt to the new postures of productivity. Chronic pain and discomfort are slowly creeping into our lives, with back problems becoming nearly epidemic. While this is not a new trend, it is a growing trend. More individuals are employed in service or knowledge-based careers, and spend most of their day in seated positions.

Not only are we sitting still for most of the workday, but our devices also make us more prone to abnormal postures, putting strain on our eyes, necks, shoulders, and backs. The chairs we sit in were designed when sitting fixed in one position and upright postures were the norm. Now, with smaller devices, we’re straining forward to see a laptop screen and reclining off to one side to browse our smartphones. In the wellness industry, there has been growing attention to the ergonomic relationship between health and sitting for 8 hours each day. Standing desks are often prescribed for every office, so much so that people are creating their own before their companies adapt. But, is the problem as simple as “standing versus sitting”, or is there more to it?

Standing more is certainly one solution. Moving intuitively is a better one.

Consider the difference between old work styles and today’s working style. Traditional desktop computers had tall monitors that sat high on our desks and featured wider keyboards. Today, we’re collapsing around our laptops, with neck craning forward and shoulders narrowed to get the same view.

Laptop users, you often bring your face close to your screens, leaning forward with your chair pushed back to get it there. Mobile and tablet users, you tend to be leaners: to one side, reclining back, elbows held upright so that you can type with both hands. A standard office chair limits this movement, which requires higher armrests to hold the device closer to your face.

We’ve discovered the best office chair for ergonomics designed specifically for mobile device users. Steelcase identified nine new postures before designing the Gesture chair.


Recognize yourself in any of these postures? You could be a person who shifts between each of these postures regularly throughout the day.

The Gesture chair engineers took this into consideration, and made it possible to adjust the chair as simply as it is to adjust your posture. Adjustability and smart design around the core, the upper limbs, and the seat make the Gesture encouraging of movement rather than limiting it. As you can see, one size does not fit all types when it comes to sitting or working. For the increasingly ergonomic workplace – our tools, our bodies, and our tasks – there is no other office chair like it.

You can see the ergonomics of the Gesture office chair in action at one of our showrooms in Baltimore and Hagerstown.

Want to learn more about the Gesture Chair? Download the official whitepaper from Steelcase which details the research and results of their study on the effects of technology on posture.

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