Today we will bring you behind the scene and tell about how BeneSit has involved extreme users in the development process. This was done in the late prototyping phases which still made it possible for us to include changes based on the findings from the test.
But first… What are extreme users? According to Think Design an “extreme user” is a person who exhibits sharpened traits of the target group. This person can therefore provide great insights into the target group and, if done individually, it can shed light on some very specific concerns for each extreme user that should be accommodated for.
How we involved extreme users
BeneSit have been lucky enough to be able to involve several extreme users throughout the development process and here we will focus on one specific extreme user testing.
This BeneSit user agreed to participate in a testing period focussing on the density of the seat of the BeneSit chair. She worked entirely from home and chose to use the BeneSit chair over other back-chairs and regular office chairs. The testing period was semi-structured with several online interviews and the user chose to use the BeneSit chair daily for 3 months.
Between the interviews, the extreme user tested out different types of seats for the BeneSit chair. This allowed for alterations after each test and we were able to provide a new prototype based on the insights.
Results of extreme user involvement
The testing period and continuous dialog with the extreme user resulted in unique insights which we were able to incorporate into the product design. This was all done in an iterative design process allowing for a deep understanding of the user needs.
With the BeneSit chair, we have used classic shapes, a simple construction and high quality materials. This gives the chair a design that can be used in many different situations – both in terms of visual expression and functional needs.
Be inspired by the many possibilities that exist with the BeneSit chair. Above we have gathered some examples of how differently the chair can be used – only the imagination sets the limits!
Remember that you can design your own BeneSit chair, both as a private person and as a company or organization. That way, we can create exactly the look that fits your environment!
Read more about customized BeneSit chairs here and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
An active chair is a good idea because it can provide several benefits for your health and well-being. Unlike traditional chairs, active chairs are designed to promote movement, which can help improve your posture, strengthen your core muscles, and reduce the risk of back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.
Active chairs typically feature a rounded or slightly unstable base, which forces you to engage your core muscles to maintain your balance. This constant movement can help improve circulation and prevent stiffness and discomfort that can occur from sitting in the same position for an extended period of time.
In addition to the physical benefits, active chairs can also help improve your focus and concentration. The constant movement and engagement of your core muscles can help increase blood flow to the brain, which can help improve cognitive function and productivity.
Overall, incorporating an active chair into your daily routine can be a great way to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
There is no doubt that during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people had to swap the big office landscape for the home office.
In fact, more people are sticking to the home office after the pandemic compared to the period before. Research from Statistics Denmark shows that 10.9% of all employed people in Denmark worked from home more than half of the time in the second quarter of 2022, compared to an average of 7.8% in the year before the outbreak of the coronavirus (see illustration).
The good working environment – at home
As home offices are still widely used, there should be a focus on creating a good working environment when working from home. In fact, in Denmark the workplace is responsible for ensuring that the home office complies with the Working Environment Act if the employee works from home at least one day a week.
A good home workplace must include elements such as an ergonomic work chair and a height-adjustable desk. Ret&Råd writes that there are three options when it comes to financing;
Company purchase – The employee is provided with office furniture by the company. The employee is not taxed.
Private employee purchase – If the employee wants specific furniture, a financial contribution from the company will be taxable for the employee.
Gross salary scheme – The company purchases furniture at the employee’s request and the purchase is financed by the employee taking a small reduction in salary for a period of time. The monthly cost is deducted from the employee’s salary before tax.
Which considerations have you made regarding the setup of your home office?
The BeneSit chair can be a way to bring more movement into everyday life in the home office. Find out more here.
Did you know that you can design your very own BeneSit chair?
We want to support the use of BeneSit chairs in a great variety of use scenarios and interior design expressions. Therefore, we offer custom design where you can choose between 24 colors for both the top and the bottom section of the chair (see the pictures).
You can see all 24 colors here and on the picture above.
Order your custom designed BeneSit chairs via this link.
Custom design chairs are the same price as standard chairs and delivery time is up to approx. 8-12 weeks.
Many people might think that a good sitting position requires a good chair. And we don’t disagree with that. But it definitely also requires a good table!
In BeneSit, we are often in dialogue with customers who want to use the BeneSit chair in a work situation. Then we ask about their work setup, as it is important for us to get a holistic picture of what it looks like when they are working.
Through our collaboration with an occupational therapist, statements from experts and from our own experience, we have found that sitting tall with your knees below hip height and having an open hip is essential for a good posture.
To achieve this good sitting position, many people will find that the usual fixed office desks and dining tables are too low. The height-adjustable desk has made it possible to do personal adjustments and actually made it possible for office workers to choose the right chair for themselves, rather than choosing the right chair for the table.
We therefore always recommend using a height-adjustable desk, but also know that many people don’t have access to it in a home working situation. In this context, we want to inspire you to think a little “out of the box” and raise the computer to the ideal height (for example, by using a thick book or similar) in order to still be able to choose the chair that fits you.
Read more about the BeneSit chair and back pain here.
The Danish Health Authority has recently published an updated report on the burden of disease in Denmark.
It contains interesting results and focuses on 15 selected diseases that are significant in terms of prevalence, hospitalizations, contacts with the hospital and practice sector, early retirement, long-term sick leave, economic consequences, etc. Moreover, they have a certain prevention potential.
In particular, lower back and neck pain have an incredibly high prevalence in Denmark. In Denmark, more than 1.6 million people were living with lower back and neck pain in 2017. This, of course, has a major impact on our well-being and health, but it also has major economic consequences for society.
Overall, lower back and neck pain is the cause of 25.5% of all sick days and accounts for almost DKK 39,000 million annually in lost production due to absence from the labor market and early death.
In BeneSit, we want to help reduce these figures through our alternative office chair. The BeneSit chair strengthens and activates the back and abdominal muscles and helps to create a healthier and more upright sitting position.
Read more about back pain and the BeneSit chair here.
Today we invite you behind the scenes of BeneSit, where we will share a personal story of how a personal need evolved into the development of the BeneSit chair.
In 2019, one of the BeneSit founders, Caroline, was studying to be a design engineer at DTU. Here, much of her time consisted of sitting during lectures and working in project groups or individually at home or at the university.
The seated position became a large part of her everyday life and as a counterbalance to this she spent much of her free time in the gym. This was intended to minimise the low back pain she was experiencing, but unfortunately ended up having the opposite effect. The switch from a completely sedentary everyday life to heavy strength training was not what her body needed.
Rethinking rather than compensating
Together with Peter, the other founder of BeneSit (and her father), the development of BeneSit began. Rather than compensating for all those sedentary hours with exercise, for example, they wanted to rethink the way we sit.
It became clear to Caroline that the key is not necessarily what you do AFTER sitting still for many hours, but how you can incorporate different initiatives to AVOID sitting still in the same way for many hours.
In early 2020, Peter and Caroline introduced the BeneSit chair, which, in addition to being a design furniture, creates the opportunity to have an active and varied day in front of the computer. If you also want to create more variety in your working posture, you can buy your own BeneSit chair here.
We have been so lucky to get a look into a customer’s home and home office. She uses the BeneSit chair both in her home office and as a freestanding piece of furniture. The pictures above show how well the chair fits into her beautiful home.
She says the following about the chair:
“For many years I have had pain in my back. In particular, I tend to ‘slump’ in my upper back when I sit and work. It has become a focal point for me! And I have FINALLY found a chair that can help me.
It is produced in Denmark and assembled by hand by the family owned company BeneSit.
The core of the chair is made of 100% recyclable material and the fabric is Oeko tex certified. It is easy to move as it has a practical leather handle.
But the best thing is that it’s good for my back. I can feel that I straighten my back when I sit on the chair. And it doesn’t matter that it also acts as a sculpture in the room when not in use.”
We love getting these small glimpses into our customers’ lives and homes and hope you do too! See more of the customer’s beautiful home here and shop your own BeneSit chair here.
Today we want to share a little peek “behind the scenes” and into our production. We have been working on further developing the seat of the BeneSit chair and are now launching the new and improved seat!
The new seat…
💚 is moulded foam which minimizes waste
☁️ is made of highest quality foam
⭐️ provides more comfort
⬜️ has a more streamlined look
We refer to our instagram profile where we have shared a small video showing the previous and new seat up close.
We look forward to hearing your opinion on the new seat!