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Furniture maker rolls out pieces for lounging

March 5, 2015
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Furniture maker rolls out products for lounging at work
The Campfire collection by Steelcase’s turnstone brand features furniture that helps people work in lounge-style settings and positions. Courtesy turnstone

A furniture maker is rolling out a trio of products to help workers get comfortable in the office without doing harm to their bodies.

Turnstone, a Steelcase brand, said last month that it has introduced the additions to its Campfire collection.

The additions are made up of three elements: a skate table, slim table and footrest.

Turnstone said each of the products provides support for the body and work tools in lounge postures, potentially "reducing pain points from harmful postures."

The collection works together to help workers maintain better posture, have access to power and increase visual privacy, while providing the option to customize the setting for specific work and personal needs.

Lounge-setting products

The skate table rolls to move in and out or side by side along a chaise or lounge and provides a work surface for various lounge settings. It helps workers elevate their technology, so it sits at eye level, allowing for less strain on the neck and back.

The slim table, which is a long, narrow table with power access, provides space definition for lounge areas in the workplace and a surface for piling and distributing papers or materials. The slim table also contains power for technology with a single outlet on each side, making power accessible to lounge settings.

The footrest supports feet and legs in different positions, allowing workers to support multiple lounge postures. The footrest can be positioned in a variety of ways to support the legs in sitting and standing-height settings.

Employees want to lounge

The skate table, slim table and footrest were designed in response to turnstone’s latest research on alternative postures in the workplace.

A recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of turnstone found that 32 percent of 18-34 year-olds prefer working individually in a lounge setting, rather than a traditional setting.

Twenty-five percent of office workers reported having a lounge setting with non-traditional furniture in their offices, and 48 percent said they use the space to do work. Yet, ethnographic studies by the company also revealed the workers "struggled with access to power, uncomfortable postures and lack of privacy."

“In a work-anywhere world, just anywhere doesn’t always work,” said Brian Shapland, general manger, turnstone.

He said devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets might have connected employees to the world and allowed them to work in more casual positions, but they are also forcing people into harmful postures, such as slouching, slumping and leaning.

“We are creating products that support the changing ways people work,” Shapland said.

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