When we launched the first spring-mounted swivel chair onto the market in 1925, the world of work was undergoing a radical transformation. The first open-plan office spaces were being created and it was the first time that many people spent a lot of time at work sitting. This swivel chair was our answer to the question as to how working in offices could be made more pleasant and comfortable.
Ninety years later, the world of work altered again at a very rapid pace. Mega-trends such as demographic change are factors that have made it necessary to re-organise work. At the same time, however, it also requires that an office be designed to meet a variety of different needs so that it can be used by older people and the disabled, for example.
What’s more, it must be possible to hold conferences with people all over the world via video link, the reason being that globalisation has led to a situation where almost any company can automatically find business partners all over the world. However, our products are also intended to lastingly modify the nature of everyday work and improve wellbeing at the workplace over a long period of time. This is not just because of the ongoing health boom but also because we have been doing exactly this for decades. In order to guarantee this, we are even now looking ahead and thinking about what everyday life in the office will look like in future.