This article concerns a new piece of office furniture from Sweden that went on show in January at a “Workplace of the Future” trial at the British Library in London.

The “Lean Back” is a seven foot wooden plank with cushioned upholstery for the back and a base for the feet, set at a gentle angle that recreates the sense of leaning against a wall.

Ergonomics experts note that sitting all day puts weight on the bottom of the spine rather than on the legs, causing long-term strain in the back. With the “Lean Back,” people don’t have to spend time to find a chair, sit down and get settled. The “Lean Back,” according to its British manufacturer, gives users the benefits of standing up while giving them a rest.

Source: David Smith, The Observer (London); Jan 27, 2005

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