Furniture is not inherently harmful, just as few foods are inherently unhealthy. The harm comes through our relationship to them. Furniture’s primary purpose is comfort - a seemingly virtuous aim until we examine how it affects our health. Furniture seeks to create the type of comfort that allows you to remain stagnant for extended periods. We as a society have grown quite proficient at designing furniture to these ends. The road trip and the Netflix binge would not be possible otherwise.
The ergonomic movement has spread these ideals to our offices as well. The goal being to find a working position that is comfortable enough to facilitate focus while causing minimal harm. This only worsens the problem by perpetuating the idea that any single position is the answer.Read More