Rethinking sitting is crucial, but changing sitting means transforming habitus, a serious challenge given the inertia built into conventional chair sitting.
The “Active Classrooms Stools” is a series of ergonomic children’s furniture designed for the school of the future. The stools aim to encourage a frequent alternation of different sitting postures to increase the muscular activity and diversity.
In collaboration with the Free University of Amsterdam & University of Groningen, Boris Lancelot conducted a research called ACTIVE CLASS Research about sitting philosophy for primary school children, to give a better understanding on postural behaviours which can be translated as opportunities to act and move, and how the stools can contribute to higher concentrations and healthier classrooms.
The four AC Stools designed are Rom, Scout, Rider, and Archer (in order):…
Each stool is designed to incorporate a minimum of four different postures, as frequent variations in alternative sitting positions increases the activity of muscles that would otherwise be left unused in conventional chairs.
The goal of this research project is to understand whether or not the design approach invites postural change and diversity by redesigning sitting objects instead of removing the conventional chairs altogether. The aim of the research is to facilitate a more acceptable transition from the contemporary western culture to embrace a healthier sitting habitus, starting in schools – encourage the children to regularly change their postures throughout the day in a bid to increase their “muscular diversity” as well as their concentration levels.
They have been conducting research since February 2020 in 3rd grade primary school classes. The younger generation is both mentally and physically flexible and most receptive to changes in habitual behavior. The research project is run in collaboration with Dr. Simone Caljouw, R.U.G., University of Groningen, Faculty of Medical Science, and Dr. John van der Kamp, V.U., Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Movement Sciences.
Before the Active Classrooms, Boris Lancelot has done sitting research in 2018: “Techno Motion” inspires new office lifestyles with six wooded stools to stimulate a range of active sitting postures throughout the day.
For more information about Lancelot: Website: borislancelot.com.