How Office Chair Designs Evolved
Office chairs are a lot like shoes. If you don’t get the right fit, then your body will suffer from chronic aches and pains.
The concept of ergonomic office chairs started out in the 80s. Unfortunately, while the design continues to evolve, the industry has not quite found the perfect formula for an ergonomic chair just yet.
History records and documentation reveal that ergonomic chairs have existed for thousands of years, and the first with a body-conscious seating position was built in 3000 BC. Another design originated in Egypt during 712 BC, which focused on aiding the body’s seating position to support lower back and overall posture. The fact that chair designs with ergonomic support were created during prehistoric and ancient times reveals that humans have been seeking chairs that combine comfort and productivity for a long time. In fact, a book entitled “A History of Seating, 3000 BC to 2000 AD” outlines the evolution of chair designs during those time periods, although the earlier designs were focused on creating chairs built for one specific task.
Fast forward to the 19th century, when studies were being done in order to come up with the ideal office chair design. At this point, chairs were designed for functional purposes, as well as comfort. By the 20th century, more modifications on office chair designs were introduced. The term “ergonomics” was revived, and features like backrest and seat tilting were added. Style and aesthetics were also becoming important factors in the design process, especially in the 1990s. Modern executive office chairs are an example of the design that has come about since.