Håg (SBS) 2002-2007
"Keep on swinging" also after sitting down
No one ever sits completely still on a playground swing, do they? That’s because we all prefer movement to remaining motionless when our surroundings are conducive to it. Suspended bodies move smoothly and rhythmically, responding easily to any influence. No other sitting device can so easily set us in motion as the playground swing.
The body of the chair hangs from two ropes that are fastened to the top of the C-shaped sidepieces. These attachment points are the chair’s “tilting mechanism”, allowing forward and backward tilt. These angular
movements occur in addition to the floating swing movements on the horizontal plane. The height of the chair is adjusted by tightening the ropes. The seat and back plates are also attached with flexible bands
to provide tilting.
The chair can be suspended from the ceiling or a pyramid-shaped stand. Because the chair is suspended from a fixed point, it is recommended that it is only used with lightweight tables on wheels.
We got a lot of movement using minimal resources.
Compared with traditional office chairs, we have done away with: base (star), liftomat (lifting column) and complicated tilting devices. The rope performs all these functions and more. In addition, the materials are renewable wood.
Initial studies show that the ceiling version of Swing without cushions represents 1/10 of the environmental impact other working chairs represent.
This is equal to "Factor 10", which is an important goal within environmentally aware design.
This concept was first shown in 1999 at the "Movement - Peter Opsvik" exhibition in Ghent.