The wisdom that prolonged sitting is seriously bad for us is becoming better known.
So if sitting equals bad, standing must equal good, right? Unfortunately it’s not quite so simple. While standing desks are certainly enjoying a moment in the sun, their potential health benefits are actually very uncertain.1
Rather than tweaking at the edges of a broken system, the RAAAF took a bolder approach.2 Architects, designers, scientists and philosophers came together to start with a blank canvas on which to reimagine the office of the future – one without a single chair in sight.
The final installation was called The End of Sitting: a versatile space where workers could seamlessly transition between standing and leaning postures in different areas throughout the day.
The End of Sitting offers an alternative perspective, one where the chair and the desk are not the default starting option.
Why does this matter? Well, we can only change our behaviour, and importantly our habits, if our environment allows it. A workplace that offers a diversity of choice and the ability to explore new ways of working will not only facilitate, but invite and encourage change.
The result may look like something you’d find in the Tate Modern, but as attitudes change, more creative and practical solutions will come about.
We’re excited to see what comes next.
- Shrestha N et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD010912.