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Office life: Sitting pretty

May 2, 2013

A seat for sore thighs
A CHAIR, one would assume, requires a seat. Not the LimbIC chair, which holds your thighs in two custom-made carbon fibre ?seating shells?. The shells may resemble the footrests in an obstetrics office, but this is a chair in which ?you can dance, move, stretch, relax and stay in tune with your thoughts,? according to Inno-Motion, its Swiss manufacturer. What you cannot do is sit still. And it costs $8,500.The LimbIC is an extreme example of a growing trend: healthy furniture. New chairs claim to help you sit in less harmful ways, if you must sit. Other furniture is designed to make you move more. The goal, says James Ludwig of Steelcase, an office-furniture firm, is to support what he calls ?the ballet of work?. The set for this ballet is rather expensive.The first ergonomic chairs rolled into offices in the 1970s. Since then chairs have become ever more accommodating to workers? peculiarities. One can adjust everything from the height of the seat to a chair?s ?tilt limiter? and ?tilt tension?. Recent research on the perils of sitting (pain, premature death, the inability to see over your cubicle wall) have brought...

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