rethinking peter opsvik Rethinking sitting / Peter Opsvik. Sitting on a seat – the message of language. The chair .. Stranden_Ergonomics_pdf. 43 . ity from dawn till dusk, playing outside in the woods, fields and streets. Nomadic people regarded all forms of sitting or immobility as harmful, while people who. Rethinking Sitting [Peter Opsvik] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Scandinavian furniture designer offers insight into his thinking about.

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Unwieldy questions regarding the relation of nor- mative to actual design, of stated rationale with con- sumer reception, prove largely unanswerable. The. Rethinking sitting. PETER OPSVIK. Furniture designer, Oslo. When I start working with a chair or sitting device intended for long-term sitting, I am mentally on it. Designer Peter Opsvik drew inspiration Capisco Puls was designed by Opsvik with the same chairs and is the author of the book Rethinking Sitting. HÅG by.

With the rational, ergonomic products, Opsvik's goal is to move the human body. With the other group of products, which he call "objects", his aim is to move the emotions. Peter Opsvik has attempted to overcome stereotypical sitting habits with his unconventional seating solutions. In the s many experts on ergonomics attempted to establish one correct sitting posture.

Peter Opsvik's contribution has been to create products that inspire variation between many different postures while using the same chair. Opsvik questioned the notion of body support as a necessity for comfortable sitting by asking if freedom can be as important as support; freedom to move and find alternative sitting postures.

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Creating sitting solutions that inspire movement and variations of posture can be seen as a key factor in his work. He uses different concepts to achieve dynamic sitting. Common to them all is the fact that being in balance inspires movement as well as control. According to Opsvik the feet are the ignored extremities of ergonomics.

As our feet and legs have the responsibility for moving us in all situations it seemed natural for Opsvik to make sure that the chair respond to and is controlled by the feet. Essential concepts[ edit ] His probably best known work is the adjustable Tripp Trapp [5] chair for children, the first chair that "grows" with the child [6] from toddler to teenager.

It is manufactured by the company Stokke and has sold in more than seven million copies.

In , together with Evomove. On his 75th birthday 25 March it was announced that Nomi high chair had won the Red Dot awards "grand prix" - the "Red Dot - Best of best", and since then numerous of other awards and highchair tests around the world.

Traditional design approaches need to evolve and embrace new challenges, for a more healthy and happy mankind. Design is primarily an art based discipline and even industrial design is mainly taught in art schools Green and Jordan, 1999, p. Traditionally seen as an artist, the designer in public eye takes all the credit for a whole process which involves many other disciplines Forty, 2005, p.

Often concerned with aesthetics, rather than with function, many designers fail to focus on what really matters: human welfare. To be able to design a good object for someone, one needs to study the user in its whole dimension. We need to understand what is comfort and what can we do to provide it to the user. Ergonomics traditionally searches for the ideal posture, based on anthropometric data and physical and physiological studies, overlooking our constant need for movement Opsvik, 2013.

He adds a lot of research in human nature, which other designers overlook.

He sets himself into an observer role, which he plays with devotion, trying to understand human beings in its essence — a nomad one. Human body is destined to variation and movement. Observing humans and how they interact with surrounding environments is extremely important. He faced a problem with his two-year-old son, by not having in the market, a chair suitable for his age and size. He wanted to make him part of familiar gathering over meals.

Then he designed one.

It is seen as more than just a chair, as so many people have grown up with it. Its presence is accepted just as easily as a door or window in any home Ryan, 2000.

In Portugal unfortunately, there are very few examples of evolutive chairs, distribution is rare and prices are high. Any so called perfect posture is doomed to be uncomfortable after a while.

Variety is a positive thing. One more innovative approach from Peter Opsvik has to do with concerns about the human body as a hole, giving feet and legs the necessary attention, in contradiction with traditional ergonomists.

Peter Opsvik

For they are much more concerned with hands and arms, studying interaction with working systems. One might say, these chairs look much like rocking chairs, for they have an implicit movement in its formal and functional characteristics. The concern with feet, knee and leg position is notorious, providing rest in many different postures Fig. Figure 2. He created a range of chairs intended to be for public spaces, called Garden - it looks more like a tree than a seat.

Book Review: Rethinking Sitting, by Peter Opsvik

When reflecting on consumption, Opsvik reveals its freedom towards styles and trends. Figure 3.

For what concerns sustainability, Opsvik has a long-term vision, creating objects more adapted to human nature with traditional materials, as environmental issues are part of his concerns. Energy and production resources are along with material choices, vital to a sustainable development Papanek, 1995, p.

Besides considering functionality is what gives the product most of its value and status Ryan, 2000 , his choice on materials is very important too. Beech and oak from Europe and walnut from the U.Though not all of the library's holdings have been digitised, much of its metadata is accessible online; the website itself is available in both an English user interface.

Any so called perfect posture is doomed to be uncomfortable after a while. It seems only natural to me, therefore, that we should try to make sure that the legs can continue to handle this task when we are sitting in a chair. With the rational, ergonomic products, Opsvik's goal is to move the human body.

Not only he has a pioneering design practice focusing on ergonomics, he also innovates in that field with his theories of constant movement. The concept of Scandinavian design has been the subject of scholarly debate and marketing agendas since the s.

In this design classic was made accessible for a wider audience when the Capisco Puls was launched.