A history of sitting

From logs to sitting balls:

A history of sitting

Alongside crouching, kneeling or lying down, sitting has been a natural resting position since the dawn of humanity. Our sitting behavior has undergone a fascinating development over the course of history. Even our ancestors, the Neanderthals, sat on logs or other elevations to protect themselves from the cold ground and small animals.

The chair as a privileged seat

If we take a look at the history of seating furniture, we see that chairs were already considered a status symbol for kings and aristocrats in ancient times. For centuries, the chair as a “privileged seat” was reserved for the upper echelons of society, usually lavishly decorated and orchestrated.

How did we come to sit on chairs?

It was only when the symbolism of chairs as a symbol of power waned that they became accessible to the middle and lower classes. Stools and footstools have always played an important role here. The use of simple materials and low-complexity manufacturing techniques made the stool affordable.

However, it was not only the financial aspect, but also its versatility that contributed to the early establishment of the stool across society. Nowadays, there is a suitable stool for every activity and every place.

It is important to note, however, that it was not the weak human organism that required constant sitting, but rather sitting on chairs that weakened our bodies.

Trend towards moving and sitting differently

This has created a real compulsion to sit in society. This phenomenon calls for a change in our sitting habits, new room layouts and a more dynamic sitting culture. The development of new trends such as high tables, seating balls or the Xbrick® shows that there are ways to make sitting healthier and more flexible.

These new approaches to spatial design, which invite people to stand and move around, not only establish a healthier culture of sitting, but also give us access to new, different ways of discussing and working.

Sitting differently with sustainable furniture

Sustainable and future-proof furniture is the focus of manufacturers and customers. This is achieved with the help of the latest material research and recyclable materials. Another important aspect of sustainable furniture is the longevity of the products. If a product can be used again and again for different, changing purposes and requirements, the furniture is sustainable simply because of its long service life.
Do you want to know how you can get your seating culture moving sustainably with Xbrick®?
Take a look at our references to see how other customers have already implemented this and why a moving work culture with Xbrick® is good for team health!

Or get in touch with us directly.

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