Body Friendly Furniture Design
Our collection of Body Friendly Furniture was designed and manufactured by Miko Adam-Kando “Furniture should be soft, light, comfortable, easy to clean, versatile, and mobile to allow you to move well and feel great.”
What is Wrong with Furniture?
Tables and chairs were invented centuries ago to raise oneself off the floor. In those days, floors were cold, damp, unhygienic and crawling with bugs. The golden rule that you do not eat anything that has fallen on the floor is still followed strictly today. It is high time to re-examine the furniture industry. Aided by the scientific myths they sponsor, Western type furniture may not do our bodies any favors.
Our furniture has taken away our ability to move well and feel comfortable on mother earth, the ground, the floor. A whole array of furniture today is neither comfortable nor necessary. With today’s spotless clean tiled or wooden floors available for the home, there is no longer much wrong with our floors. Yet we still live most of our lives perched on chairs. Why? The next short video explains how much damage chairs can do to your body.
Are YOU Chair-Shaped?
Get Off the Chairs!
It is almost as if we are becoming paralyzed from the waist down, the part hidden under the table. Sitting on chairs all day causes physical damage. Tight hamstrings, chronic back, shoulder and neck pain, stiffness in the entire body is the result of having lost contact with the floor. Chairs deserve a government health warning:
Lying on your Back on the Floor
Many of us can no longer squat or sit comfortably on the floor. Many can no longer even lie down on the floor. Furniture has over-curved spines and necks. Check now if your spine and neck are over-curved by lying on your back on the floor (not, on a bed) as shown in the following illustration.
Spend More Time on the Floor
Even if you have to use props, as shown above, to lie on the floor comfortably, don’t give up. The more you do it, the fewer and smaller props you will need. Soon enough, gravity will straighten your spine back to normal again. Body friendly furniture allows you to spend more time living on the floor. Relax, work or play, have a rest to ease the cares of the day. With the floor, and body friendly furniture you can
- lose weight
- straighten the spine
- become more supple
- cure back pain and stiff neck
- feel taller, lighter and much happier
Sofas and Raised Beds
Take a sofa: A heavy sofa, difficult to move, with its foam filled seats, gets clogged up with dust, dirt, pencils and coins fallen in its oblivion. People buy new sofas before the old one has been paid off. Western style beds, with heavy, thick, expensive, sprung mattresses promise an optimum good night’s sleep with an assurance that they will cure back pain. Do they? No. The Japanese have, for centuries, proven that the most comfortable bed to sleep on is nothing more than a mat on the floor. Such a mat can be aired, cleaned and rolled up out of the way when not used. No bed bugs will gather there.
What is Body Friendly Furniture?
Body Friendly Furniture is minimalist, mobile and versatile. It encourages the body to get off chairs and be more comfortable on the floor, whether at rest or in action.
Body Friendly Furniture is a family of mats, bolsters, cushions and a floor bed, plus the famous Arc Chair (see below).
The great joy of Body Friendly Furniture is that each item is multi-purpose. Endless new possibilities reach out for the horizons of your imagination. The giant mat (150 x 200cm) is also the container for all bolsters. It folds up just like a cardboard box.
Giant mat wraps up all six bolsters for easy storage.
All bolsters are equal in height (50 cm).
Respective external diameters are:
- Teeny 5 cm – helps prevent wrist pain
- Weeny 10 cm – good for the neck
- Mini 15 cm – helps baby crawl
- Middy 20 cm – supports the knees
- Mighty 30 cm – backrest
- Maxi 50 cm – table, toy, back stretcher
The Arc Chair is no ordinary rocking chair. Yes, you can sit and relax to read a book or watch a movie. When you feel like a stretch, the Arc Chair moves with you just a little. Lift up your arms higher to tilt back a little further. Eventually, it can take you comfortably all the way upside down, into a perfect yoga-plough position. Go for it!
Prototypes created by Miko Adam-Kando
But that’s not all!
When turned upside down, the Arc Chair is magic for the back as a counter move to the detrimental stresses and strains from gravity.
The Arc Chair is made of recycled pine. The mattress has a removable, washable cover. A small pivot point at the base of the reversed arm-rest helps to balance your center of gravity like on a gravity inversion table (see Hang Upside Down link below).
If you like the idea of Body Friendly Furniture and want to know more, contact us.
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