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 is unveiling the Jax Collection, a complete lounge line with dramatic silhouettes and angles to create inviting, inspiring environments. With high-back, mid-back and side options, Jax offers seating for the entire workplace with a singular design aesthetic.
Comfort was a guiding principal in the development of Jax, which was made for lobby, reception, café or collaboration areas. Jax was engineered for an ideal sit for all users. The chair also features high-quality plush molded foam.
The Jax Collection was created to address the needs of a broad range of work environments. The high-back lounge has a wing back for privacy and focus. Available in mid-back lounge and side/guest options as well, Jax facilitates collaboration and socialization. Base options are steel four-leg, wire, aluminum swivel, or five-star. Bases come in various finishes including black, silver and polished aluminum. All models are available with contrasting upholstery.
“The Jax Collection is all about beautiful design and comfort,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “With Jax, we struck a balance between a strong, sculptural aesthetic, and a soft, comfortable sitting experience.“
Jax lounge starts at $1400 List, Jax side starts at $1095 List. Both are BIFMA LEVEL 1, GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs.
As part of the ongoing partnership with Momentum Textiles, 9to5 Seating is launching the Performance 3.0 textile card for commercial, healthcare and education markets. The selection features a range of bleach-cleanable performance textiles in 10 patterns and 70 colors, including EPU polyurethanes, silicones and recycled polyesters with Crypton® finishes. Performance 3.0 is the latest addition to 9to5 Seating’s broad library of carded and graded-in collections.
The patterns on the new co-branded card are all high-performance and easily disinfected. EPU polyurethane patterns have abrasion double rubs from 900,000 up to 1,000,000. The Silica selection is inherently anti-microbial, anti-fungal as well as resistant to permanent ink. Multiple choices with Crypton® finishes are stain- and odor-resistant with an impenetrable moisture barrier.
“Every option on the Momentum Textiles Performance 3.0 card is bleach-cleanable, sustainable, and engineered to withstand high-traffic environments – all critical considerations when choosing upholstery,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
9to5 Seating joins Momentum Textiles in its commitment to sustainability. All Performance 3.0 textiles are GREENGUARD certified, made with recycled fibers, and are free of PVC and flame retardants.
Learn more about the 9to5 Seating Momentum Performance 3.0 textile card here.
9to5 Seating has launched the Clary side chair to address the evolving needs of today’s flexible workplace. Clary is designed to be versatile and coordinate easily with existing workplace designs. It is available in 24 bleach-cleanable colors for the mesh back version or thousands of textiles options for the upholstered back. The frame comes in silver and black with black and gray plastic and is available with or without arms. The many design options were created to allow Clary to be seamlessly integrated into private offices, huddle rooms, break and multipurpose rooms.
9to5 Seating developed Clary as a “universal side chair”, made to complement its task chairs including Neo, Neo Lite, Vault, Theory and Aria. Clary can be customized to complete the look of a workspace—or work as standalone seating for a collaborative space.
Clary’s wall-saver design means your surfaces are protected and glides and casters work double duty for mobility and floor protection. Clary stacks five on the floor or dolly for quick rearranging and storage.
“Clary is built for easy coordination,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Today, work happens in every corner of the office, and versatility isn’t a perk. It’s a prerequisite. We created Clary to meet that seating need.”
Clary is listed at $340. It is BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs.
With the launch of the Luna side chair, 9to5 Seating is expanding its bestselling Luna Collection of task chairs and task stools. The addition enables an entire workspace to present a unified look with coordinated task and guest seating. And with a broad variety of customization possibilities, Luna side promises to be a smart choice for easy design integration.
Luna side comes in 18 bleach-cleanable mesh colors and two plastic colors—Black and Dove Gray. An integrated pull handle and the choice of models with or without arms ensure easy portability and space planning. The chair has a four-leg wall-saver frame available in Black or Silver. Luna side stacks five on the floor and five on an optional dolly. Either casters or glides—with options depending on floor type—make it reliable, movable seating for offices, collaborative spaces or cafés.
Luna side’s designed-in ergonomics and contemporary styling echo the Luna task chair and stool. The award-winning Luna Collection includes task stools in two heights and a task chair—all with mesh back options and a variety of arm and caster choices for customization.
“Our Luna task chair has been enormously popular because it ticks all the boxes for aesthetics and ergonomics,” says Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “With the launch of Luna side, we’ve created a full suite of solutions with a singular design and signature comfort.”
Luna side starts at $320 List. It is BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD Gold certified and warranted to 300 lbs.
9to5 Seating’s broad selection of high-performance textiles includes vinyl/PVC, polyurethane, silicone, and Crypton® options. Although each fabric type has its unique characteristics, all of them resist moisture and stains, are easy to clean and disinfect, and are available in a variety of different patterns and textures. Download some of our most popular performance performance options and their cleanability data here.
In addition to offering selections from our own label, we’ve partnered with some of the most trusted brands in the industry for even more choice: CF Stinson, Knoll, Maharam, Momentum, and Ultrafabrics.
9to5 Seating Mesh, Plastic, and Metal
All of these surfaces can be disinfected with a 1:10 ratio of bleach to water. Following the application of the bleach application, remember to wipe down with water, and dry with a clean cloth.
Vinyl is known for its ethylene-based coating that laminates the textile. This coating enables it to easily withstand stains, spills and many chemical cleaners. It is an excellent choice for those that are cost-conscious while still requiring design flexibility. Vinyl is not biodegradable and contains phthalates.
The key to polyurethane longevity is the plastic-based resin. PU fabrics are generally softer than vinyl and can mimic other textiles with ease – even leather. PU is breathable and does not retain heat.
Sand is processed into silicone monomers and polymers that result in a textile that is inherently anti-fungal and anti-mildew. Silicone is also a non-toxic and stain-resistant choice. Even ink and marker lifts with ease. It will not crack or peel.
Crypton’s patented technology repels both water- and oil-based stains. This technology also gives it its inherent moisture barrier while also being breathable. With its soft hand, Crypton options are virtually indistinguishable from woven fabrics.
To see the EPA-approved disinfectants for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), click here.
Creating safer environments is our shared goal. Please contact your local 9to5 Seating Sales Rep for any help you may need choosing a high-performance textile for your seating.