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A STOOL THAT STRIVES FOR CORRECT POSTURE AND COLLABORATION

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE OFFICE FURNITURE, THE RANZZA PULLS TRIPLE DUTY AS STOOL, STANDING DESK AND TÊTE-À-TÊTE BODY PROP.

Office furniture, it appears, is not just adopting a more informal appearance. It really is healthier.

The RANZZA has blurred the boundaries between form and function, challenging traditional notions of what workplace furniture should look like and how it should be used. In essence, the RANZZA invites you to sit for a bit, but please don’t get too cosy.

The three ideas that the RANZZA embodies — first, that sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers, second, that standing at work is healthier and improves work performance, and third, a little more fun can be injected into the office to make it a place where employees can be more collaborative and creative — are evident in the RANZZA’s design.

RANZZA, fashioned as ergonomic stool, standing desk and body prop all rolled into one, put sitters in a position halfway between sitting and standing and makes shifting between the two positions seemingly

effortless. Leaning back at 120 degrees and with their feet remaining on the floor, the sitters are perched comfortably enough without sliding off the padded seat. This relaxed position, studies have suggested, places less strain on the spinal disks and associated muscles and tendons.

The RANZZA doubles up as a desktop when the cushion seat is flipped up to rest horizontally atop the frame, a testament of the stand-up advocates’ belief that you burn more calories when you stand, and that it’s important to move around, to shift, and to avoid hours in the same position, thus reinforcing blood circulation which helps improve concentration.


To match the OASIS’s progressive philosophy of rolling out sure-footed solutions for creating a “collaborative workplace,” this office perch with its out-of-the-box design, is also intended as tête-à-tête body prop for an easygoing workplace where people are in motion or gathering into small groups, and where chance encounters, conversational noise and commotion can actually serve to inspire creative energy and great ideas.

And mobility being essential, a mini-size version on rollers is available. The RANZZA would perk up any workplace — with its striking silhouette, plywood structure lacquered sassy orange, and white to resemble Corian, and deeply padded seats in energetic colours.

TEXT BY: OFFICE CONCEPT MAGAZINE

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