‘Lamu’ – demonstrates Jackie Lightfoot’s holistic approach to design during her MA in furniture(graduated 2007). Intuitive to use the curved under surface seat moves with the user, encouraging good posture and a variety of sitting positions. This element also provides an inherent height adjuster. Designed for use in primary schools, the chair design could be adapted to suit teenagers and adults.
Children have instinctive good posture, born with the knowledge to move their body into the least stressful position for the activity that they are engaged in. Sitting astride, the seat can tilt forwards moving the pelvis into a comfortable upright position minimising pressure on the spine. Arching backwards flexes the spine increasing the supply of nourishing blood. Use back to front to relax.
After graduating from MA Design; Furniture Jackie has collaborated with Isis Concepts to put ‘Lamu’ into production. She has taken her research on user-centred design of primary school furniture forward as a PhD project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.