BIFMA Compliant

 

9to5 Seating is proud to announce that our chairs have been approved for BIFMA Compliant. BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products that conform to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards.

With an array of options available on the market today and recognizing that individuals and organizations are now outfitting home office environments, BIFMA seeks to help all consumers make confident furniture buying decisions. The registry is a resource for both specifiers and buyers to quickly identify quality products that comply with safety and durability standards.

The new BIFMA Compliant program complements the existing LEVEL Sustainability program and further establishes BIFMA as the resource for the furniture industry.  Both registries run on an ecomedes platform designed to optimize product purchasing.

BIFMA Compliant 9to5 Seating Chairs:

The remaining 9to5 Seating chairs are scheduled to be BIFMA Compliant by end of 2021.

 

New Leather Card

 

9to5 Seating is excited to announce an accessible new leather card with high-quality, top grain selections from Europe. This card features a variety of leathers, grades L3 to L5, from entry-level to premium quality. Highlands from 9to5 Seating comes in black for broad appeal while a selection from Green Hides includes new pattern Vulcano in addition to existing Sierra and Lena offerings. All patterns are bleach-cleanable—ideal for today’s market. The new card complements 9to5 Seating’s broad textile program of carded, graded-in and COM offerings.

The new leather card reflects the ever-changing market with fresh colors, textures and grains for ultimate customization. The Sierra and Lena patterns have expanded to include new, on-trend colors. And newcomer Vulcano integrates color and texture, combining distressed leather with the durability of modern tanning in a greater variety of neutral colors.

With bleach cleanability becoming a must in today’s market, the new leather card offers the security and confidence consumers are looking for. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization recommend using a bleach solution to disinfect against today’s healthcare challenges. Highlands, Sierra and Vulcano use a 10:1 water-to-bleach solution while Lena takes a 48:1 water-to-bleach solution.

Order your leather card now or check out the patterns on Chair Designer, CET and 2020. Memo samples are available through 9to5 Seating and Green Hides.

HÅG Capisco Giveaway

 

9to5 Seating is excited to introduce the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls. Its elegant curves are coupled with a unique shaped seat that promotes a natural upright position. Choose between three cylinder heights to sit at a traditional desk, perch at a sit-stand desk, or alternate between the two. We think everyone should try the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls. That’s why we’re launching the HÅG Capisco giveaway!

Enter now through June 27, 2021, for a chance to win your choice of a customized HÅG Capisco or HÅG Capisco Puls (Grade D or lower). On Monday, June 28, we will announce three lucky winners on our social media.

How to enter: There are multiple ways to win.
1. First, make sure you follow 9to5 Seating on Instagram. Look for the giveaway post and like the post. Then tag 2 friends in the comments. For an extra entry share the giveaway post in your story and tag @9to5seating. You can tag and share multiple times for extra entries.
2. For another entry opportunity, you can also enter the giveaway by going to our Chair Designer and customizing your own HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls. Download the PDF and send it to marketing@9to5seating.com. You can do this multiple times for extra entries. Visit Chair Designer at https://chairdesigner.9to5seating.com/.

Stacking Reinvented

 

9to5 Seating is launching Kip, a groundbreaking all-mesh stacking chair and stool collection. The new line elevates the multipurpose space and combines unprecedented style and convenience at an accessible price point.

Kip features a level of design and support that sets it apart from other seating in this category. Its all-mesh construction comfortably relieves pressure points, while supporting up to 300 lbs. The collection is easy to clean and disinfect with just a 1:10 bleach-to-water ratio.

Built light with mobility in mind, Kip was created for spaces that see a rotating group of users in the course of a day such as cafés and large public areas. Its angular frame complements the chair’s seat and back lines in Black or Dove Gray mesh and plastic. Models include side chairs, counter-height stools (24” seat) and bar-height stools (29” seat). Sides stack nine on the floor or 24 on the optional dolly. Counter and bar stools stack five on the floor.

Kip is backed by 9to5 Seating’s lifetime warranty and has achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD Gold certifications. Kip starts at $295 List.

HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls Now Available

Innovation meets versatility in the world-renown HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls—deceptively simple task seating that packs a design punch. 9to5 Seating is excited to announce the US arrival of the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls — movement task seating solutions timed perfectly with the active seating movement. The HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls, designed by legendary designer Peter Opsvik, have curved seats, reminiscent of a saddle to promote natural upright positioning along with treaded footrests for relaxation or to help you shift into different positions.

Choose from three cylinder heights on both the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls for sitting at a traditional desk, stretching out at a standing desk or alternating between the two. The HÅG in Balance® trademarked technology allows for continuous motion, making the shift into your next posture easy and intuitive. Go ahead and start off sitting with legs forward, or face left or right while using the backrest as elbow support, or even sit facing backward with your torso against the backrest. The standard seat slider and the height-adjustable back accommodate a variety of users. Both the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are rated to 300 lbs.

Outfit your HÅG Capisco with the textile of your choice: woven, coated, or even leather from 9to5 Seating’s carded or graded programs or COM/COL. Boasting a similar form as the original HÅG Capisco, HÅG Capisco Puls comes in Black, Petroleum and Light Gray plastic with either an upholstered pad or removable upholstered full cushion.

At 9to5 Seating, we know a small carbon footprint matters to you—and the planet. HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are frontrunners in eco-friendly seating. From first inspiration through design and production, the ecological impact of these chairs has been a top consideration and priority. By minimizing the number of components and types of materials, we maximize our impact as mindful creators in environmentally responsible seating. HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are 90% recyclable and easy to disassemble for responsible sorting.

A companion chair to the HÅG Capisco, the polypropylene HÅG Capisco Puls is designed for conference rooms, lobbies or shared workspaces—anywhere that sees shorter sitting periods. Put HÅG Capisco Puls in team spaces and HÅG Capisco at your primary workstation.

HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls are backed by 9to5 Seating’s limited lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD certifications. Both are built with over 50% recycled material and are rated to 300 lbs. HÅG Capisco starts at $1450 List, HÅG Capisco Puls starts at $975 List.

 

Tips for Working From Home

Featured: Neo

We took a look at some of the bad habits that may have crept in for those working from home, and suggest five tips to help improve health, wellbeing and happiness in the home workspace. 
For many of us, 2020 was a year of significant change, not least the way we worked. Those of us lucky enough to have been able to carry on our roles while working from home may now have been doing so for over 10 months, and what started as a novelty has become routine, blurring the lines between your work life and home life, and letting bad habits set in.
Here are our Home Office Tips, to help you improve your health and wellbeing, increase productivity, and reclaim a better work-life balance. 

Featured: Jax (left) and Diddy (right)

Keep it tidy 

If you are anything like us, your home office desk serves as a multi-functional space with clutter from the previous year. Without regular cleaning, it is all too easy to let your home workstation slide. 

Give your workstation a deep clean, sorting the trash from the treasured, and make a concerted effort to keep it that way. Set yourself the goal of either a daily or weekly cleaning of your desk, including wiping down all the surfaces and sorting out your work equipment. A clean desk is energizing and inspiring and will help you stay focused and ultimately be more productive at your tasks. 

 

Move more

One of the biggest problems with working from home is inactivity. When facing a heavy workload, our natural reaction is to sit at our desk until it’s done, leading to hours and hours of inactivity. Without the commute to work and with all meetings and calls taken at your desk, the amount of movement and activity in our lives can take a drastic decline. 

2021 is the year to put that activity back into your daily routine. Once an hour you should get up and move for a couple of minutes. The classic example is to get up and do a set of stretches to reset your body. For some people it’s hard to keep to such routines, so another way of keeping moving is to write out a list of short chores you need to do, and every hour do one of those. 

Watering your desk plant, putting a load in the washing machine, taking the trash out, emptying the dishwasher, playing with your dog – these are all tasks that take a couple of minutes, but require you to take a step back from your work and get your body moving. What’s more, they are useful tasks that help you keep on top of your domestic life.   

Fewer video calls – More audio calls 

With much of the world going through various stages of lockdown over the past year, video calls have become the de-facto meeting format for many, and not just for work, but for socializing too. There is no doubt that they have been incredibly useful for replacing face to face meetings, but their increasing usage has led to what has been dubbed “zoom fatigue”. 

This idea stems from how we process information over video. The only way we can show we’re paying attention to video is to look into the camera, but in real life, we rarely stand 3 feet away from a colleague and stare into their face. Having to engage in a constant gaze makes us uncomfortable and tired, leading to fatigue. 

For 2021, we recommend reducing the Zoom meetings, keeping them to the conversations when they are necessary, and try and engage in more traditional phone calls, or keep your camera switched off when you converse via your messaging platform. 

Featured: Sol

Assess your workstation 

By now you should be all too familiar with the way you are working from home, and if you haven’t already, your workspace is long overdue for an assessment. Is the layout of your equipment optimized for your comfort, performance and wellbeing? Is your furniture suitable for the long hours you are spending at your desk? 

If the answer is no to these, we strongly recommend assessing your options. Having your chair at the right height is very important when it comes to lasting comfort and wellbeing, as is ensuring your keyboard, monitor and various equipment you use is set up to help combat poor posture and the effects of sedentary behavior. 

Other ideas you could look at are sit-stand desks, which can really have a positive impact on your overall health, and active seating such as the Sol task chair, which offers a greater range of flexibility and movement, promoting more movement while seated, without any effect on your focus and productivity. Sol’s pivot-back technology enables torsion rotation and side-to-side movement, making each sit an experience that’s catered to-and unique to-each user. 

Take your lunch away from your desk 

We’ve all done it. Meetings extending into your allocated lunch hour, a stack of work to get through… It’s all too easy to grab your lunch and eat at your desk as you continue with your work. This isn’t a new phenomenon either.   

There are huge benefits from taking your lunch break away from your desk – not only will it help you keep moving and keep your desk tidy, but it also helps to relieve stress and give your brain a break from your work tasks, allowing you to refocus in the afternoon and be more productive. 

If this was you in 2020, then try and take a step back this year and have your lunch somewhere else in your house, away from the distractions of work, and leave your phone and laptop behind so no one can disturb you. 

Featured: Mila

Do you have any other suggestions for our Tips for Working at Home? Comment on our social posts on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. 

Good Design Awards

9to5 Seating has been honored with three esteemed GOOD DESIGN® Awards for Jax, Sol and Mila. Granted by The Chicago Athenaeum since 1950, the prize recognizes innovative industrial, product, and graphic designs from around the world.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by pioneers Charles and Ray Eames together with former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN spotlights work that has “chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace”.

Winning products Jax, Sol and Mila creatively address needs in the market while delivering on style. With dramatic silhouettes and a sculptural aesthetic, the Jax Collection is a complete lounge line with high-back, mid-back and side models to create a cohesive look office-wide. Task chair Sol features active pivot-back technology, engineered to support a range of working postures for users on cell phones, tablets or laptops. Mila enables easy ergonomic adjustment, with a mechanism that automatically adapts to each user’s weight, hidden in a contoured aluminum frame that encircles the seat and back.

“9to5 Seating is honored to be granted not one but three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards this year,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “We are just as committed to design and innovation as we are to making it accessible to a wide audience.”

Jax, Sol and Mila are now available to order. Products can be specified using 9to5 Seating Chair Designer.

 

 

 

New Nautilus Textile Collection

The new 9to5 Seating Nautilus card features durable performance textiles including polyurethanes and vinyls in seven patterns and 80 design-friendly colorways and textures. This entirely bleach-cleanable offering includes options with an anti-microbial finish and adds to 9to5 Seating’s broad library of carded and graded-in fabrics.

Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings. The card includes A or B grades for accessibility and value in today’s competitive market. All patterns have a 10-day lead time.

As part of 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability, all textiles on the Nautilus card are free of flame retardants.

“It’s another example of how we’re anticipating the needs of today’s buyer—conscious of durability and ease of disinfecting,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The Nautilus Collection satisfies that requirement while integrating design trends in colors and texture.”

Most of the textile patterns meet the BIFMA HCF 8.1-2019 Healthcare Furniture Design Guidelines for Cleanability. Check out the Nautilus Textile Collection here.