In the early 1980s, Bob King began to notice something. As computers become a common element in corporate offices, employees everywhere are beginning to have neck and back problems-they just don't know how to use these ubiquitous new devices correctly. He founded a company called Humanscale, dedicated to solving problems through a series of ergonomic furniture. It was a huge success. King's company has achieved 40 years of success in the upper market of the contract market (the manufacturer's Freedom work chair retails for $1,099).
In other words, when the pandemic hits and the office becomes a ghost town, it is a terrible time for Kim's company. "This is very painful for us....At that time, we probably 90% of our sales revenue came from large companies, [and] they closed almost all offices around the world," he said in the latest one. Tell the host Dennis Scully in the episode's family podcast business. "Of course, the interesting thing is that our residential business has tripled."
Now, with the widespread adoption of remote work, it echoes the origins of Humanscale. At that time, people didn't know how to sit and work at the computer. Now they are trying to find answers in spare bedrooms, kitchen tables, closets and playrooms. "People [always] buy things for their homes. Many times, they don’t know what to buy for their homes — they will buy a very beautiful chair, but they will sit on a workstation that is too high or too low ,"He said. "We have pictures of people working at home in the craziest way. The problems we have in the office will be dwarfed by what we [now] have."
In this episode of the podcast, King shared the key to setting up a good working space at home, discussed the challenges of making beautiful office chairs, and urged designers to work harder to promote their suppliers on sustainability issues.
"Recycling alone does not make much sense," he said. "Even if it is recycled, how much damage does it cause to the environment, wildlife and humans when it is manufactured? It is the manufacturing of the product, not the processing of the product, that causes the climate damage. So we want to produce less, it is important Is to keep things going."
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