Do you know the past and present of office chairs?
- 16 Jul, 2020
From wooden office chairs to today's ergonomic office chairs, the development of office chairs has gone through a very long history. Its development is also a microcosm of human development and social development.
In the history of the development of office chairs, three characters are particularly critical. Most people can't guess who they are. One is the famous British biologist Darwin, the other is US President Jefferson, and the last is the "Iron-blood Prime Minister" Bismarck of the German Empire.
US President Jefferson improved Windsor chair
The third president of the United States is called Thomas Jefferson, he is the person on the 2 dollar bill. In 1775, Jefferson stared at a Windsor chair at home.
The Windsor chair originated in the late 17th century and the early 18th century in England. Its name comes from a small town called "Windsor" in Britain. The country-style Windsor chair is composed entirely of solid wood, and the back, legs, and other parts are formed by slender wooden poles. can.
It can meet the daily needs of the majority of the people, so in Britain at that time, from the wealthy class to the ordinary people, a Windsor chair was available.
Around 1730, the Windsor Chair was introduced to the United States. Even US President Jefferson used the Windsor chair. He was keen on change and had a bold idea for the Windsor chair.
He changed the Windsor chair to this: the chair has two layers of seating surfaces, linked by a central iron shaft, and pulleys are placed in the grooves between the seating surfaces. This is the predecessor of the swivel chair, with the upper half rotating and the lower half fixed.
It is generally believed that President Jefferson was sitting in this warm chair thinking about it and writing the famous "Declaration of Independence." Later, President Jefferson took the chair to a plantation in Virginia and installed small tables on the side armrests.
British biologist Darwin invents the office chair
Jefferson's improved chair can't be called an office chair, at least it has fewer wheels. Who thought of putting the wheel on the chair? Charles Darwin is a famous British biologist.
It is said that before the Industrial Revolution of 1840, Darwin installed wheels on his chair so that he could easily take research samples in the study.
But at that time, he was sliding around in the study in a sliding chair, which was regarded as a freak.
Darwin, many people think that he is the inventor of the office chair.
German Prime Minister Bismarck fully promotes office chairs
After the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the railway began to expand, and the business model changed from the previous family workshop to a model that emphasized management. People are increasingly pursuing efficiency.
Bismarck, the first prime minister of the German Empire at that time, began to fully implement office chairs in Congress. With the leadership of Congress, people all over the country soon used office chairs, and their work efficiency improved a lot.
Sitting comfortably on top can also increase efficiency. Which boss doesn’t want a dozen such office chairs?
Later, American businessman Thomas Warren innovatively added springs to the seat cushions of the train seats, which not only reduced the bumps on the train but also facilitated some people to sit down and continue to work.
Thomas Warren invented the first real office chair in human history. It has almost all the characteristics of today's office chair-it will turn, it can slide, and it is a soft seat surface.
Later, the office chair also began to explore the relationship between humans and machinery, the principle of "ergonomics" was more widely applied to office chairs.
What can be seen is that the bosses also spent a lot of time and energy in order to improve work efficiency and reduce the pain caused by the office workers due to long sitting.
Social technology has promoted the development of office chairs, and office chairs have also promoted the development of human society to a certain extent.
Those company bosses who still use small benches for office work, it is time to consider changing to Smugdesk's ergonomic office chair. Improving work efficiency is not a problem.