Mario Espinosa
Vice President Latin America and Caribbean
Miller Knoll
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Expert Contributor

Why Ergonomics Is More Important Than Ever

By Mario Espinosa | Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:00

Our mission, both as a company and citizens of the world, has pushed us through constant challenges and opportunities. The biggest of them is defining what it means to us as MillerKnoll, a new collective of dynamic brands and one of the largest and most influential modern design companies in the world that is bringing the perfect dose of comfort and style to our customers.

Guided by a shared vision, common values, and steadfast commitment to design, we are innovating and designing for the future wherever life happens while contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

This is all possible as a result of a deep legacy of design, innovation, social good and the successful synergy created by Herman Miller and Knoll, and this includes powerhouse brands of their own like Colebrook Bosson Saunders, DatesWeiser, DWR, Edelman Leather, FilzFelt, Fully, Geiger, HAY, Holly Hunt, KnollExtra, Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, Muuto, Naughtone, and Spinneybeck.

We are thrilled to introduce the result of an iconic partnership that has created some of the most captivating designs in the past years with pieces like the Cosm, Mirra, and Setu chairs. This time, the collaboration between the design firm Studio 7.5 and Herman Miller as part of the MillerKnoll collective of brands brings a design inspired by the legendary Eames Shell chair.

The Zeph chair is more than a new office chair, it is the perfect merger of design, materials, and ergonomics, a clear response to the new ways of working in a post-pandemic world as many will continue to need products that are as aesthetically pleasing and purposeful.

Why is ergonomic design such a big thing for us?

This is not the first thing people usually think of when choosing furniture, we are more captivated by the looks of a product than any other aspect, but when it comes to productivity looks are not enough. As Herman Miller, we know that good design always revolves around the human experience and a recent study has shown us how ergonomics are directly connected to productivity.

Herman Miller and the Texas A&M Ergonomics Center conducted research that shows how these two topics are more deeply connected than we thought. The study found out not only how comfortable a person feels when using furniture specially designed for the workday, but they also included the cognitive impact that the right furniture can have on employees.

This opens the door to a new conversation about how the work environment and the furniture in it can potentially impact our health and well-being. Having the right chair can make you more productive by improving your short-term memory, having more cognitive flexibility and, being less stressed, more focused and creative.

And why is this more relevant than ever?

The world has changed dramatically in the past few years. Despite all that has happened, we are not repurposing spaces to do the work we did daily in offices for a short period of time anymore, now we are presented with the reality that for many of us this will be a long-term situation and even though this probably means that you can work at home in your pajamas or cook a fresh meal and make it work with your work schedule; it also means that our improvised workspaces need to evolve in order for us to be more productive and take care of our physical and mental health.

This is why products like the new Zeph chair are the perfect example of adaptability to this new world. For us, it embodies everything that a product needs to be for people today: at its core all the mechanisms that make it one of the best options on the market are the product of years of research on how to better the user experience and make it a standard in the industry.

For us, it is a proud moment at Herman Miller as we go through a new era building on what has made us into what we are today. Finally, we invite you to keep witnessing every milestone our team keeps beating, for these achievements not only belong to us, but to you.

Photo by:   Mario Espinosa