Posted on June 16, 2009
I just returned from NeoCon about fifteen minutes ago. While I was there, I checked out the furniture company Brandrud, which was recently acquired by Herman Miller.
Of all of the exciting new pieces I saw throughout NeoCon, I was most excited by Brandrud’s Nala patient chair. I love it not for the aesthetics…but because it was a piece of furniture that was so clearly designed with the customer’s need in mind. (In this case “customer”= patient + nurse).
With the pull of a lever, the Nala chair rocks to a 60% angle. This is a godsend for both nurse and patient as it moves the patient’s center of gravity forward…making it easier to help them get up out of their chair. Similarly, the rocking function can help a nurse ease a patient gently back into the seating position.
Oh, and beyond that, the Nala’s arms rotate outwards (like a backwards Aeron chair) which provides the healthcare professional with easier access to the patient.
God, I love new thinking…particularly when it is with the customer’s needs in mind. Exciting.
If you are around Chicago this week, you should pop in to NeoCon to take a peek.
PS- You may also want to check out the Steelcase showroom. As always, there is some exciting stuff there too…and it is just beautiful.