MARCO SOUSA LAU
IBM, Sculptmode,Talent Trending, Aston University, O2 and Cisco
Aston Inspired Design Show 2019
Media Production Department
Aston Design Week Winner, Hubbub Commendation, IBM iX Newcomer of the Year
The Health Impact of Sitting
Final Year Project
A DYNAMIC ACTIVE OFFICE CHAIR SOLUTION THAT ENCOURAGES FULL-BODY UPRIGHT MOVEMENT EVERY 15 MINUTES
Evolutionarily we were not designed to be sitting, doing so for prolonged periods of time has been
linked with obesity, diabetes, cancer, many detrimental health effects that not even bursts of exercise
can fix. This project aimed at creating a solution that stimulated constant breaks from sitting.
The Fifteen Chair was designed to express motion and the importance of time and health. Inspired
by the hourglass, it incorporates a similar mechanism that uses the weight of the sand located
internally to unbalance the user after fifteen minutes. This ensures that the user fully stands up
regularly to rotate the chair, therefore encouraging further movement.