The roots of our 21st Century approach to ergonomics lie in a small town called Waldshut, which sits at the southern tip of the Black Forest, on the North bank of the Rhine where it forms a natural border between Germany and Switzerland. It was here ninety years ago that Sedus first introduced the world to the Federdreh, the legendary spring-twist chair that is the common ancestor of every task chair that has followed. It was a trick the firm was to repeat 45 years later with the first chair designed for a new era of dynamic sitting.
We are now all used to a world in which we demand the very latest technology in every product and device we use. We expect our cars to incorporate ABS and ESP technologies along with the airbags and satnavs we need to get us safely to and from work each day. For the most part, such sophisticated high-tech is invisible to us, or passes unremarked. The same is true for the technology that is built into our office seating, keeping us comfortable and nurturing our wellbeing throughout the working day. Essential but often taken for granted.