Celebrating Earth Day

So, what do sustainably manufactured office chairs have to do with Earth Day? Well, the connection starts with a senator from Wisconsin and a nation that was ready to listen to the environment.

It was the ’60s. A time of significant change – the civil rights movement, war protests, a space race, and geopolitical tensions just to name a few of the more popular topics. But it was also the beginning of public awareness for the environment and living organisms in a different way than ever considered by previous generations. A junior senator named Gaylord Nelson had been concerned about the impacts of industry on the environment in the United States for a while now, and then it happened. In January 1969, he and many others saw the devastation caused by an enormous oil spill not far from 9to5 Seating’s future home, off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. This disaster proved to be the pivotal moment that generated a groundswell of interest in the idea of proactively protecting the environment, and sparked a grassroots movement that would lead to the founding of Earth Day in 1970.

Supported by over 20 million Americans, the creation of Earth Day was an event that brought out the best in humanity. It was a unique alliance between Republicans, Democrats, rich and poor, urbanites and farmers. There was broad, non-partisan support for the concept of protecting our common home in the universe. In fact, the Earth Day movement led to the creation of the EPA, National Environmental Education Act, OSHA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Insecticide Act. Collectively, these laws have protected millions of people and brought about a consciousness for protecting our world, which in turn, has helped spark a desire for many corporate citizens to also do their part.

Enter 9to5 Seating. Going back to the family roots as a company, we believe in the principles of Earth Day. So how does 9to5 Seating practice this with more than just a “feel good” corporate statement on sustainability? It starts with an intrinsic commitment to do business the right way, and it follows through with industry-leading certifications and partnerships which prove out 9to5 Seating’s desire to operate with respect for our planet. Certifications include:

  • LEED Gold Certified corporate headquarters
  • LEVEL 1 Certified
  • Greenguard Gold Certified
  • EPA Wise Program member

In addition to these prestigious partnerships and certifications, 9to5 Seating offsets its energy consumption with wind generation credits. Check out our production in real-time here.

Beyond these sustainable manufacturing initiatives, 9to5 Seating is also proud to partner with One Tree Planted, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on reforestation by planting one tree for every dollar donated. This organization is doing measurable reforestation work, including right here in California where 9to5 Seating is headquartered.

At 9to5 Seating we manufacture the best chairs and seating products in the industry, in a way that we can be proud of as corporate citizens and individuals. Learn more about our sustainability initiatives here. Happy Earth Day 2022!

Vox: Contemporary Multi-Purpose Chair

9to5 Seating introduces Vox, a new multi-purpose chair created for collaboration spaces and flexible workplaces. The collection includes a variety of models from four-leg or sled to bar or task stools, with the aim of outfitting rooms with high change-over needs.

Built with users in mind, Vox delivers more comfort than the usual multi-purpose chair. Its designed-in flex zones promote back movement that fosters health and well-being, and the waterfall edge supports circulation for a healthy sit.

The Vox collection was created as an enterprise-wide solution; it’s versatile and customizable. Choose from models including four-leg, sled, bar or task stools, with arms or without and with glides or casters. Customize by choosing from multiple plastic colors, upholstered seat or fully upholstered and a selection of frame finishes.

Vox models are backed by 9to5 Seating’s limited lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD GOLD certifications.  Vox chairs are built with 60% recycled material.  Vox starts at $295 List.

To learn more about Vox and 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability here.

New Jax Wood Base Options

The popular and award-winning Jax Collection from 9to5 Seating is expanding with more wood leg options in high and mid-back models. The new base options come on the heels of the successful release of the Jax wood rocker base that has been popular as a way to make spaces cohesive, warm and inviting.

The Jax Collection is a standout thanks to its contemporary lines and design. The new wood bases complement the look with rich, solid high-quality wood and maple or walnut finishes. These new options springboard off the success of the wood-leg rocker model last year.

“In our ongoing conversations with interior designers, we’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews for our Jax rocker,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “We’re excited to meet that demand by offering a wood base on high and mid-back options.”

Jax wood base models start at $1,995 list. To learn more about the award-winning Jax Collection, go to 9to5seating.com.

New Products and New Look at NeoCon

9to5 Seating will be returning to NeoCon in person this year. The seating leader plans to unveil a new showroom that reflects the approach to their award-winning product design: inspiring design, versatile, flexible and comfortable.

9to5 Seating’s new showroom was created by acclaimed Chicago design firm Kuchar Design Studio with the goal of creating a clean, “gallery” feel that can be embellished and modified over time. With curved platforms and rugs in natural shapes, the space aims to be both modern and inviting, in synch with the brand’s seating.

The new space uniquely expresses 9to5 Seating’s design direction, where products can be used for different purposes throughout the course of a day. According to Sarah Kuchar, owner and creative director of Kuchar Design Studio, “the flow of color through the space – a nod to the brand’s name – was inspired by daylight from morning to night, moving from warm tones to cool and back to warm just as the sun rises and sets.” Vignettes with tinted glass backdrops create a sense of the changing light of a day. Throughout the showroom, this motif of morning-to-night serves as a backdrop to task, conference and lounge seating.

“We’re excited to unveil our new showroom and showcase some versatile design touches this year in the return to NeoCon,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The new space allows us to highlight the design-centric offerings including the HÅG Capisco, Vox and Dash multi-purpose series, new wood leg bases options for the Lilly and Jax collections and the award-winning Sol, Mila and Jax lounge series.”

Visit 9to5 Seating at NeoCon in suite 10-95 to see the new showroom and product updates. Also, mark your calendars and come party in the new showroom Monday, Oct 4, 4 p.m. RSVP with your 9to5 Seating Representative.

For more information stay tuned via our social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter.

Counter Stools Now Available for Kelley and Kip

The Kelley and Kip collections expand with the addition of a counter stool.

Both stacking series are available in arm and armless guest, bar, and counter stools.

Kelley and Kip are backed by 9to5 Seating’s lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD Gold certifications. Kelley starts at $194 List. Kip starts at $295 List.

Learn more about Kelley here. Learn more about Kip here. Or, start specifying with our Chair Designer.

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.

 

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.

Explore the Lookbook

With over 15 years of experience in manufacturing high design, ergonomic chairs, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments by showcasing our exemplary collections and award-winning products, including Good Design Award Winners Sol, Jax, and Mila, in our new lookbook.

“We’re always exploring what’s next in design and technology, and this lookbook is a reflection of that,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Our seating has won prestigious awards, and now, clients can explore these products easily and in a visually appealing way.”

We encourage you to experience 9to5 Seating with this new lookbook by perusing below or by downloading the full lookbook here.

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

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