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You’ve all read the headlines: sitting is the cancer of this millennium. With instant messages, texting and emails, not to mention the usual work-related tasks, all typically accomplished while sitting, a desk job takes on ominous overtones. Previously, space age looking chairs were touted to be ergonomically corrective, thereby alleviating the paradox of having to sit all day at the office with human nature’s propensity to be in constant movement. Today, the trend is to get people up, about and moving. “No American medical association has ever endorsed a chair,” says Robert Wall, managing director of The JEB Group. “Sitting is not good for you, and we try to encourage our staff to get up and talk to people instead of emailing or instant messaging.” He demonstrates Capisco, a pared down chair by Oslo-based HAG that was designed to mimic an equestrian riding saddle. “Like riding a horse, it takes time to become familiar with this particular chair,” says Wall. “It’s like going to the gym—it’s hard work and uncomfortable, but you know it’s good for you. Capisco chair lets you get up and sit down easily to allow for movement, and is height adjustable. We are seeing a lot more chairs with a higher seat, or with a base that can go up to 720 mm allowing them to be paired with an 1100 mm standing bench height.” 你可能曾經看過這樣的標題:坐是千禧 年的毒瘤。不過我們的日常工作, 如收發即時信息、處理文件檔案,以致發送 或回覆電郵都是坐著進行,實在令人有點不 安。過往,為減少爭議和顧慮,充滿未來感 的座椅,標榜以人體工程學設計及製造,適 合長時間在辦公室坐著工作的人,實有違人 類傾向經常活動的本性。今天,大趨勢是讓 員工離開坐椅,多活動並跟其他同事交流。 JEB集團的總經理Robert Wall表示:「沒有一 家美國的醫療機構曾推介過任何座椅。長時 間坐著對人沒好處,我們十分鼓勵員工面對 面互相傾談,以代替發送電郵及即時信息。」 Wall展示由奧斯陸HAG設計的Capisco座椅, 簡約的外型以馬鞍為藍本。他說:「好像騎 馬一樣,人們需要時間去習慣這張椅。亦有 點像在健身室做運動,要放棄安逸,努力付 出,但這張椅有不少優點。不論坐下或站起 來,都十分方便容易,令你的動作更靈敏, 更可隨時調校高度。愈來愈多椅子擁有較高 的座位,又或可以升高至720毫米的基座, 來配合有1100毫米高的工作枱。」 JEB集團的大中華區總部及陳列室位於魚則魚 涌,轄下的部門包括負責辦公室間格系統 產品及服務的JEB;主要銷售歐洲辦公室家 具及陳設的BW;專責室內裝飾產品及服務 的Infinity,以及為顧客量身訂造設計方案的 JEB Custom Projects。Wall於90年代初加入 JEB,對家具的發展瞭如指掌。 Robert Wall 41 Squarefoot.com.hk squarefoot.com.hk @hk_squarefoot Squarefoot.com.hk @squarefoot.com.hk squarefoot 香港房地產物業指南


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