Focal Book Signing with Dr. Galen Cranz, Las Vegas, NV December 5-6, 2012.
Martin Keen, founder and designer of Focal Upright Furniture, is pleased to announce a Focal book signing with Dr. Galen Cranz, author of the seminal book, The Chair, at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas this year.
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The two visionaries have discovered a common interest in encouraging people to re-think their relationship with their workspace. Keen’s Focal Upright Furniture is revolutionizing the office furniture industry in the same way his footwear designs have changed the shoe industry. As for Cranz, she “is no sedentary historian. The Chair is a call to action,” says Jonathan Levi of the Los Angeles Times.
Keen developed his line of upright furniture after using standing desks in his own studio. Standing was tiring so he designed a better option. His new Locus™ workstation puts you in a posture halfway between standing and sitting; it is designed to move with you, encouraging active, yet gentle, muscular engagement. Locus supports your natural balancing point, encouraging healthy movement, blood circulation and oxygen flow.
“It’s a natural, neutral posture and it just feels right,” says Keen.
After launching Focal, Keen discovered Cranz’s book and instantly recognized a like-minded thinker. Cranz, a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, teaches a class that examines both footwear and chair design and how the two have had an impact on people.
“This is what I’ve been looking for,” says Cranz, referring to Keen’s new upright workstation.
Cranz’s highly respected book has had an enormous impact on furniture design theory.
“Relating much of the modern era’s rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in conventional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live. A farsighted and innovative approach to our most intimate habitat, [her] book offers guidelines that will assist readers in choosing a chair – and designing a lifestyle – that truly suits our bodies.” (Book Jacket Notes. The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design by Galen Cranz. 1998.)
Focal Upright Furniture will be at the Ergo Expo Booth 312, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 4 – 7, 2012. Dr. Cranz will join Focal on December 5 – 6. Signed copies of her book, The Chair, will be available.
Mary Hall Keen
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