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.
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.
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.
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.
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 theSol 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.
Do you have any other suggestions for our Tips for Working at Home? Comment on our social posts on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram.
Sol wins BEST of CFYC Seating- Task. MRL launched the very first Chicago From Your Couch (CFYC) in June of 2020. Over 150 manufacturers participated in the virtual special event. Then in August 2020, MRL had 30 designers (A&D, dealers and students) vote for their favorite products across 38 categories.
Click on the image below to check out the awards ceremony announcement:
Jax, Lilly and Omnia have a new option available – a 27” mid-profile black aluminum base (BA16B). Check out the product pages for more details. You can also specify on CET Designer, 2020 suite and our Chair Designer.
9to5 Seating is proud to announce that Sol has received a Product Innovations award from BUILDINGS and interiors+sources. The product is a member of an elite group of 33 innovative products that will be showcased in the September/October issue of BUILDINGS and the October issue of interiors+sources, as well as online at www.BUILDINGS.com and www.interiorsandsources.com.
The BUILDINGS and interiors+sources editorial staffs evaluated submissions in terms of their innovation and contribution to productive workplaces. Sol received the Merit Award in the Furniture/Seating category.
9to5 Seating launches Sol, a new task chair specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s agile workplace. Sol features a flexible back, adjustable arms and seat, engineered to support a range of working postures for users on cell phones, tablets or laptops.
Sol’s pivot-back technology was created to enable the torso rotation and side-to-side movement necessary for sharing or reading screens beyond the desktop. Its upwardly tapered back addresses the need for seating that allows for free movement of the shoulders and arms for users of devices of all kinds. These innovations round out Sol’s other ergonomic design features including adjustable arms, seat, lumbar and synchro mechanism.
Sol’s design supports its purpose with a slim layer of upholstery or mesh allowing easy movement. Sol’s modern lines and aluminum accents were created with a contemporary workspace or conference room in mind.
“Sol was imagined for integration in today’s fluid workplace,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Smart design isn’t a perk anymore—it’s how today’s offices do business.”
Sol starts at $925 list, is BIFMA LEVEL 1, GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs. Click here to learn more about the new Sol.
(Hawthorne, CA., November 26, 2019) 9to5 Seating has been acquired by Flokk Group, the leading European manufacturer of office seating and workplace furnishings, which will continue to build on 9to5’s excellent position in the US office furniture market.
“We are proud to join Flokk, which is well recognized across the industry as one of the most innovative and design-oriented manufacturers of workplace furniture. We have established a strong position in our key U.S. market and invested heavily in modern production facilities in California and China. We look forward to becoming a part of Flokk to further grow and expand 9to5 Seating to the benefit of our dedicated employees and end customers,” says Dara Mir, CEO and President of 9to5 Seating.
Originating from a group of Scandinavian brands (HÅG, RH and RBM) with some of the industry’s most efficient manufacturing plants in Røros (Norway) and Nässjö (Sweden), Flokk has led the way in the consolidation of the European workplace furniture industry. Supported by its majority owner Triton, the group has acquired the Swedish companies Malmstolen and Offecct, the Benelux market leader BMA, the Swiss market leader Giroflex, and the Polish market leader Profim. With the acquisition of 9to5 Seating, Flokk expands its footprint in the important U.S. market.
“Flokk is building a leading international workplace furniture group both organically and through active use of M&A. We are very excited to have the 9to5 Seating team join us on our growth journey. 9to5 Seating is a strong fit with Flokk and has realized an impressive record of delivering strong revenue growth while maintaining industry-leading margins over the past years on the back of targeted product development and superior manufacturing capabilities. 9to5 Seating has built an excellent stand-alone platform for further growth and by leveraging Flokk’s extensive manufacturing, logistics and go-to-market know-how, we believe we can take 9to5 Seating to the next level and realize its high ambitions for the future,” says Lars I. Røiri, CEO of Flokk.
Founded in California in 2004, 9to5 Seating has developed into an established manufacturer of office seating products in the U.S. market, leveraging its ability to combine style, value and quality in its offering. It integrates extensive flexibility and customization in its product development approach to be able to meet the comprehensive seating needs of the modern office.
“With the acquisition of 9to5 Seating, we will take another significant step towards becoming a true international powerhouse in this industry. 9to5 Seating is a well-run, fast-growing company with strong market positions which will bring substantial value to the group,” concludes Mr. Røiri.
To read more from Flokk about the acquisition click here.
Flokk is the leading manufacturer of high-quality workplace furniture in Europe, developing a growing family of brands. The company is proud owner of the HÅG, RH, Giroflex, BMA, RMB, Offecct, Profim and Malmstolen brands. More than 2,300 employees work together to achieve its vision: Inspire Great Work. The company’s head office is in Oslo, Norway, with main production units in Røros (Norway), Nässjö (Sweden) and Turek (Poland). The company has additional sales offices in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, France, Switzerland, Singapore, USA, Canada, China and Australia. Flokk products are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. In 2018, the company recorded a proforma turnover of NOK 3.0 billion (USD ~330 million). For more information, please visit www.flokk.com.
9to5 Seating had the honor of being apart of the Pediatric Associates of Richmond project in Virginia. Learn more about the project and download the case study.
“For this pediatric office, we wanted to create a safe space that was vibrant and fun, and 9to5 Seating’s chairs fit the bill perfectly. They’re comfortable, versatile, and can stand up to the demands of a busy environment. 9to5 Seating was the right partner to bring the project to life, and we couldn’t have done it without them!”
What a thrilling NeoCon! Witnessing the 50th year of NeoCon was exciting and fruitful for 9to5 Seating. We featured new products, extensions to our very popular Lilly series, new Vivid fabric card, new M4 mesh card and twelve new plastic colors. We also hosted our first Sips + Seating party on Monday, June 11, with food, drinks and special gift. We, also, gave away custom chairs to twelve lucky winners for our NeoCon Selfie Giveaway Contest! On top of all that, our new Mila chair (available end of this year), was a finalist for the BUILDINGS Media Product Innovations 2018 Award. What a whirlwind!
If you stopped by the showroom and you need a refresh on some of the new products we featured, check them out on our website: