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Ergonomic Chairs: Wabi and Nikko

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The Wabi and Nikko: Comparable Concepts, Unique Comforts

We’ve said it before and it’s going to stay true: We’re chair snobs. There are far more bad chairs on the market than good ones, and I mean both low priced and high priced chairs. Just because a chair has a lot of bells and whistles doesn’t mean it’s a good sit. Your chair is an extension of your body, and we want it to be a positive influence. We want your chair to open your posture, encourage a healthy curve in your spine, and move with you so that you can be less sedentary. 

The old 90-90-90 concept of sitting up straight is finally being laid to rest and none too soon. We look for seat pans that encourage an open pelvic posture, with your hips rolled slightly forward. We look for arms that support, but don’t keep you from easily reaching your desk or keyboard tray. We look for lumbar support that is adjustable, fitting both short-waisted and high-waisted individuals equally well. When considering the optimal form and function of such pieces, the concept of “less is more” certainly comes to mind. And we all appreciate great design and engineered durability. Izzy Plus spent five years developing their new Wabi and Nikko chairs, and they have hit the mark. Wabi is a true task chair while Nikko is a simpler companion chair or stool for less computer-intensive work.

A Japanese Heritage

The Wabi and Nikko both owe their designs to holistic Japanese concepts. In fact, the names themselves pay homage to their Japanese heritage. The name “Wabi” is the Japanese word that describes the beauty in simplicity and the harmony that exists between nature and humans, while “Nikko” is the name of a Japanese National Park where such concepts are on constant display. Both offer superior comfort while also are designed to float around your office space. The key to this ease of movement is in the ability of both chairs to provide proper pelvic alignment. This is done by incorporating a revolutionary design into the seat pan, paired with a small pelvic rotator support in the lower back, which is their key to properly aligning the pelvis while sitting.

Unique Features

Yet that’s not to say that the Wabi and Nikko are carbon copies of each other. Each has unique features that make them the ideal chairs for their intended environments.

Wabi: Thanks to its high task back, dual-density molded foam seat and sophisticated mechanism, the Wabi works well for first spaces, such as a desk or office where you often find yourself sitting for extended periods of time.

Nikko: With a free-moving V-fork conference swivel and optional stool height model, the Nikko is designed to fly around second and third spaces, such as conference rooms or a high-sitting workstation.

Your office chair should make you feel as though you’re sitting on a cloud without actually realizing that it’s there. Thanks in large part to their shared Japanese inspired minimalist DNA, the Wabi and Nikko deliver such comfort in spades. This is how office furniture was always intended to look and feel. We here at Applied Ergonomics invite you to experience this level of professional comfort for yourself. For more information on the Wabi, the Nikko, or any of our other ergonomic office chair offerings or furniture, simply give us a call today. We’ll lend you a sample chair to use at your desk for a few days, with no risk or obligation, for free. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.