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Horizon Takes FX Award for Lighting Products

Humanscale’s Horizon has earned top honors in the Lighting Product category of the FX International Interior Design Awards. Hailed for huge technological and aesthetic advances in an energy-efficient light source, Horizon topped six other finalists for the top slot.
The prestigious FX International Interior Design Awards evaluate the very best in interior products and projects from both British and international design talent. Organized by FX magazine and judged by an independent panel of design experts, the FX Awards consider notable points of design, material content, and the success of the solution, among other criteria.
Adhering to Humanscale’s design philosophy that good design achieves more with less, Horizon was designed for uncomplicated use, maximum comfort, a long serviceable life and a minimal environmental footprint. The first task light to utilize Thin Film LED Technology, Horizon produces an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free 3000K light—excellent for ergonomic illumination and beautiful light in any environment. Its built-in dimmer control offers seven levels of adjustable illumination to allow the user to customize intensity according to each task. Engineered for incredible energy efficiency and a long life of service, Horizon consumes only 11 watts of power and is rated for 50,000 to 60,000 hours of use.
Created by award-winning designers Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Horizon’s minimalist design complements a wide range of interiors and features few moving parts, ensuring years of maintenance-free use. With no exposed wiring or mechanical fasteners, there is nothing to distract from the luminous quality. Horizon seamlessly balances performance and style to satisfy the focused lighting needs of any environment.
Horizon adds the FX award to its growing collection of accolades, which includes a NeoCon East People’s Choice Award, a Bronze IIDEX Award, a Buildings magazine Citation of Excellence, and a Best of Boutique Award.

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Teknion Unveils the RBT

Teknion’s innovative, new RBT™ (responsive back technology) task chair is visually and functionally unique. RBT incorporates patented breakthrough technology that represents an evolutionary leap in task seating design, delivering superior fit, comfort and support for people of varying shapes and sizes.
RBT works in harmony with the body, (3.6 to 13.6 kg). responding to the shape of the user’s back while supporting continuous changes in posture throughout the workday.RBT encourages proper posture, promotes dynamic movement and continuously supports changes in posture. The chair back automatically responds and conforms to the back shape and size of the user. The back consists of an aluminum support structure and a user back interface comprising a set of ribs and linkages. RBT works in harmony with the body, responding to the shape of the user’s back while supporting continuous changes in posture throughout the workday.

RBT is a fully featured synchro-tilt task chair with active and passive adjustments.
Passive adjustments include: • Dynamic body-shape conforming chair back moves to assume a range of upright and reclining postures Active adjustments include:
• Seat height
• Seat depth
• Tilt-tension adjustment
• Multiple position back lock
• Height- and width-adjustable armsRBT has a strong environmental and ergonomic story. It is GREENGUARD® Certified for Indoor Air Quality, contributes to LEED® credits and is compliant with BIFMA e3 level 2. RBT is 100 percent recyclable. In addition, it meets pertinent strength, safety and durability standards such as ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 and ergonomic guidelines such as BIFMA G1, EN1335, ANSI/HFES and CGSB44-232.

RBT was a collaborative effort between industrial designers Zooey Chu and Gary Bacon at Synergy Product Development based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Teknion.

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Have some FUN!

I attended a ‘townhall’ meeting yesterday; this was not one of your municipal townhall meetings, but a forum put on by the entrepreneur’s society that I am a part of.  The topic we wrestled with, is putting the ‘fun’ back into entrepreneurship.  Even beyond that, I think we all need to inject some of that fun back into our lives, whether we’re entrepreneur’s or not.

 

Our three guest speakers had diverse backgrounds and an extensive amount of entrepreneurial knowledge.  The main theme that kept resurfacing was: Focus, focus, focus; which makes sense, because both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet contribute their success to ‘Focus’, above all other characteristics.
But how exactly do you distill a single word such as ‘focus’ into something executable in your life?  That’s the part we wrestled with, and here are some of the answers (not all of them, but some good ones).
1.      Remember what you got into the business for, and get back to that.
2.      Develop a ‘Personal Growth Plan’, because you’re not your business, embody whom you are, and grow that unique and amazing individual!
3.      Schedule in some time, every day, to do something that you enjoy and has absolutely NOTHING to do with your work.
4.      Try to interact with people more, and less on a business or ‘selling-them-something’ level.
The easy thing to do is talk about doing something, the hard part is actually integrating it into your life, however.  Make time, figure out what’s important and stay focused.  Implement one or two things – not as a gimmick – but as a genuine reminder of why you made the decisions you make, and why you’re going to make more of the same decisions moving forward.
One takeaway I really appreciated was to dream a hundred dreams, not any less, and write them down.  Either plaster a wall with those dreams, or write it on a piece of paper, or on your computer.  Every chance you get, cross them out as you achieve them.  These are your milestones and these are your reasons for what you’re doing!
Until next time, go change your world.

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ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?

Ergonomists agree that alternating between sitting and standing results in decreased discomfort, increases productivity and, when given the option, is the preferred method of working by desk users from around the world.

Variation in movement is the key to maintaining a healthy body and the ways to achieve this from a sitting position are extremely limited. Postural variation is the most effective way of reducing musculoskeletal discomfort through weight redistribution and repositioning.

The pressure on the lower back, buttocks and legs is considerably reduced in a standing position as different sets of muscles are activated.  When we move from a sitting to standing position our bodies natural inclination is to stretch and move. The immediate effect is a reduction of the pressure on the spine and improved blood circulation.

A height adjustable desk allows the user to maintain this variable position for as long as they desire whilst still continuing to work as usual.

Technology has taken us to a stage where we are most productive in front of our PC and although we are advised to take regular breaks and move around the office this does not always happen. Sit Stand technology allows the user to achieve many of the benefits they would from leaving their desk while continuing to work.   You get more done when you’re standing up – when you’re sitting, you’re naturally recessive, when you’re standing, you’re ready to do something.

Only an Electric Sit Stand Desk provides true height adjustability as the height can be altered by the individual at the touch of a button throughout the working day as required; the important thing is to vary your routine.  Make a point of getting up every half hour or so and walk around.

One desk is suitable for all people of different shapes and sizes. This caters for a mobile workforce either sharing desks in “hot desk” situations or in call centres with a constant turnover of staff. The flexibility of these desks also accommodates people with disabilities and existing back problems.

Reduce problems caused by static and sedentary postures that can lead to musculoskeletal injuries and work related stress issues.  Incremental changes allow the user to easily change heights between tasks such as typing and writing and assist with comfortable collaboration with colleagues.

Standing burns up to 30% more kilojoules than a static seated position.

Good Ergonomics is good economics.
A healthier, happier staff will result in a more productive workforce. 

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