The latest addition to its Flex collection, Steelcase Asia Pacific has introduced Flex Perch Stool, which is a series of mobile furniture that gives users greater control over how and where they work. Thanks to Steelcase’s partnership with material chemistry innovator BASF, the nestable seating solution is made of Untramid B3EG6 Ccycled nylon, a 100 per cent recyclable material from a waste stream generated during electronics production, setting a new benchmark for sustainable furniture material usage and recycling.
According to Bruce Smith, Global Design Director, Steelcase, “We don’t imagine that waste from manufacturing electronics can be effectively recycled, and typically it’s not. In this case, they can actually be remade into high performance, high quality product materials and formed into products like the Steelcase Flex Perch Stool. It’s using waste instead of virgin fossil fuel. We eliminate our reliance on fossil fuel resources and lower our carbon footprint in the process.”
With rising expectations for safety, comfort, control and belonging at the workplace, people long for office environments that support their physical and mental well-being, while allowing them to connect and collaborate with their colleagues effectively. Consequently, transitional, in-between spaces that allow people to huddle and energise their mental focus and physical energy have become an essential component in office design. The Steelcase Flex Perch Stool has been created specifically for this purpose. It offers users a place to briefly pause for fluid, spontaneous collaboration, a perfect resting point between standing and being fully seated, promoting an open pelvic angle that discourages slouching. The leaning stance relieves pressure, engages the core and promotes healthy posture and better breathing.
Designed with well-being and productivity in mind, Perch encourages a comfortable leaning posture at an ideal angle of 7.2o, thereby helping users stay fully engaged in both mind and body for improved ideation and collaboration. A perching posture also helps activate the mind, promotes collaborative participation, and improves productivity and learning. Flex Perch helps create an active environment that invites movement and dynamic posture to optimise co-creative behaviours and ideation.
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