2012 marked the 18th annual ErgoExpo, the largest ergonomics event in the nation. Attendees include professional ergonomists as well as health, safety, productivity and risk management professionals from corporations, governments, institutions and advisory firms. The Attendees’ Choice Award has been awarded for the past eleven years.
Attendees voting for this award look for products that “offer the best opportunity to increase productivity and profitability, while improving workplace health and safety.” The majority of attendees are end users, responsible for making purchasing decisions for their organization.
Martin Keen, industrial designer and founder of Keen Footwear, founded Focal Upright Furniture after using standing desks in his own studio. Standing was tiring and he soon found himself leaning against a modified seat. Using an old stool with the seat tilted forward, Keen began leaning while working. He suddenly realized he was no longer aware of posture – he was simply energized and focused on his creative work. “There is a place between standing and sitting where our body wants to be. It’s a natural, neutral posture and it just feels right.”