Ergonomic furniture for better living

No More Neck Pain

By Alessia Sara Domanico

Interior design has come a long way. It has gone beyond simple esthetics and has started examining the science behind how we outfit our favourite spaces. Smarter offices have already shifted towards ergonomic furnishings, but it can’t stop there. We need to bring ergonomic principles into the home as well.

Ergonomics examines the relationship between workers and their environment. Experts aim to design a workplace that is an appropriate fit for a person’s specific needs.

In his book Holistic Ergonomics, architect and author Luigi Bandini Buti says when it comes to domestic products manufactured in Italy, quality is the main priority followed by ergonomics, which implies that quality and comfort go hand in hand.

This is something that Enzo Basilicata took to heart when creating his Gravity Zero line of sofas at Bugatti Design in Anjou, Quebec. “All of our products are made with full grain Italian leather from Vicenza. I travel there several times a year to select the different typologies,” explains Basilicata. Coupled with this ultra-soft leather are state-of-the-art mechanisms made in Germany, a Canadian exclusive for Bugatti Design. Italian savoir-faire and German precision come together during the manufacturing process at the plant in Anjou, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. Among its 60 different models, Bugatti Design has motorized-control sofas, sectionals and recliners – a favourite being the Mozart line.

Bologna-based Berozzi developed its own line of ergonomic seating. The Varier Gravity Balans® was designed to give the body freedom of weightlessness by bringing your legs above your heart when reclined and the ability to rock gently back and forth – mimicking zero gravity. The spine and neck are fully supported and your body benefits from total relaxation. The Variable and Thatsit Balans® are perfect tools for working at a desk. The pads and knee pads lend to a more open posture and encourage the spine to maintain its natural curvature, improving posture and breathing. These chairs support your body’s every move.

While seating is inarguably one of the most important facets of ergonomics, the often-forgotten kitchen is actually where most manual labour takes place. This area of the home is garnering more ergonomic attention. Cucine Lube, near Macerata, Italy, takes ergonomics to heart when it develops a new kitchen space. The stovetop, sink and refrigerator are three elements that are arranged in a triangular formation in order to guarantee a fluidity of movement. For perfect ergonomic distribution, the sum of the three sides of this triangle should not exceed 6.5 metres.

Depending on the available space, it is not always possible to configure the perfect triangle, so it is important to compensate with proper worktops. The science behind ergonomic design may sound complicated, but there are many experts to help you get comfortable at home.