New research into how children learn has led the German contract furniture company Flötotto to partner with industrial designer Konstantin Grcic to create a school chair that encourages movement. Using recent findings in multiple disciplines—psychology, neurobiology, and behavior science—Grcic and Flötotto envisioned a chair that promotes “active sitting.” Grcic explains: “Children learn best when they are given much freedom of movement—the opposite of ‘sitting still’ is required.”
Pro. Designed by Konstantin Grcic. Manufactured by Flötotto.
Ergonomic Chair Pays Close Attention to the Body and Mind
The flexibility and lightness of Pro takes the human body into account. A narrower back allows students to move laterally, and minimal movements that students engage in while sitting trigger a number of reactions. For example, Pro keeps about 100 joints in the spine in balance, and it stimulates and strengthens complex back muscles. Pro’s design also acknowledges that the spinal column needs to move so discs can remain healthy. Pro promotes healthy development, physically and intellectually.
But Pro is not just for student use—the chair translates well in commercial and residential venues. Its shape, color, and ergonomic design make it a welcome addition to offices and living rooms. Flötotto produces Pro in six colors from Le Corbusier’s color scale: snow, grey, graphite, coral red, aqua blue, and green. Due to its distinctive shape and comfort, Pro is a “universally applicable” product. So whether you’re a student or a studio executive, you can enjoy the chair that lets you move—because nobody wants to stay still.
About the Manufacturer: Flötotto has been manufacturing furniture for the education market since the 1950s. Proudly made in Germany, the company’s school chairs are well known in classrooms all over the country and across Europe. Flötotto’s key to success is innovation, which is why they began designing and manufacturing furniture for other markets, including corporations, hospitals, and private residences. The company is “not afraid to leave familiar paths and test new ones.”