What does the future of ergonomic chairs look like? That questions will be answered during a six-week design competition set up by the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) and Herman Miller.
DIDI and Herman Miller want students to “rethink and reimagine” chairs by focusing on user wellbeing.
The Ergo Chair—Student Designs for Wellbeing competition, launched on 5 September, ends on 24 October.
Students will be tasked to design a chair that enhances the comfort of workers in their specific environment.
Dean of DIDI, Hani Asfour, said students will be required to consider sustainability, empathy and innovation.
“Ergo Chair is an exciting opportunity for DIDI to showcase this thinking. What better way to do this than on the region’s biggest design stage, Dubai Design Week and with the ergonomic leader of furniture, Herman Miller,” Asfour added.
Lauren Bell, head of education at Herman Miller, added: “The specific topic of this challenge is relevant to both education and workplace sectors; pushing the boundaries of ergonomics and connecting design to wellbeing are key goals of ours as we continue to research how design impacts people.”
At the end of the competition, students and DIDI faculty will showcase the work in an exhibition coinciding with Dubai Design Week. This runs from 11 to 16 November.