Levity Interactive Tower
Designed by Richard Holbrook and Manufactured by Herman Miller, the Levity™ Interactive Tower has been developed with the knowledge athlete in mind. Because you wrestle with computer tasks all day, you can't remain in a single position for hours on-end. You need to stand up, sit down - even stretch out on the floor if your furniture would let you. The Levity Interactive Tower frees you to work comfortably and move at will. And as any athlete (or computer user) knows, unrestricted movement is a good thing.
Your body says move. Your deadlines say sit. Your back says "ouch." Your mind says coffee break. Are you getting up because you really love coffee? Or is the coffee machine just an excuse, a place to get up and go so your body can move? It was these sorts of questions that led designer Richard Holbrook to seek out answers on how to improve productivity and comfort among intensive computer users.
"Engineers, designers, architects, analysts, editors, writers - all of these people work for extended periods of time in front of a keyboard and monitor," explains Holbrook. "The furniture they use is usually a compromise that makes them uncomfortable and may even cause physical harm."
"Knowledge athletes" is a phrase that describes these professionals. And like any athlete, they are at risk of injuries. In this case, injuries are the result of physical stress related to intensive computer use.
Holbrook's research turned up fascinating information. For instance, you're actually shorter when you go home at the end of the day than you were when you sat down at your computer in the morning. Sitting all day compresses the spine. Your spine is like a digital file. If it's compressed, you need to decompress it. By moving.
Studies indicate that if you stand for about 20 minutes a couple of times over the course of the day, you'll diminish compression of your discs. One study showed workers whose workstations allowed them to move easily between sitting and standing reported a 62-percent drop in complaints of discomfort. Illness and injury were cut in half.
"The genesis of Levity," recalls Holbrook, "was sort of grassroots ergonomics. You know...'My back hurts after using the computer, so this obviously isn't working...there must be a better way to do it.'" Holbrook started searching for answers in 1995, visiting a wide variety of corporations, observing and interviewing knowledge athletes, systems administrators and facility managers. "After all the research into different kinds of postural scenarios with computers, my notion was you really shouldn't have to dictate your posture based on the convenience of the computer equipment."
That's when he started working on Levity, to allow spontaneous and extreme movement of computer components - from sitting on the floor to standing.
"I don't believe it's possible to prescribe a posture that's right for everybody," Holbrook says. "I believe we should let people choose their own position and encourage them to change position frequently."
Combining his in-depth field research with proven ergonomics principles, Holbrook worked with Herman Miller to develop the following product criteria:
The product response was innovative and unique. Levity furniture components are based around a freestanding, interactive tower that supports a monitor, a keyboard tray and documents and input devices.
- Built for strength and durability
- Adjusts to fit 1st to 99th percentile body sizes
- Supports a broad range of working postures, from reclined to standing
- Adjusts easily
- Provides secure support for all computer hardware and reference materials
- Stores CPU and peripheral devices
- Can be easily moved
- Uses space efficiently
Easily adjustable, Levity puts the user firmly in control while addressing critical ergonomic requirements. In addition to the tower, Levity components include an equipment cart and height-adjustable tables.
As well as supporting the individual user, the Levity tower encourages collaboration, allowing teams to confer around a monitor. And all Levity components are portable. They can be moved to exactly where they're needed.
Holbrook sees The Levity Collection as a new paradigm, an evolution from traditional desks and other less-dynamic work surfaces. It's a product designed especially for the companies and knowledge athletes playing to win in today's digital workplace.
68.5 inches high
59 inches wide
47.5 inches deep
13 inch minimum table height
50 inch maximum table height
Levity Interactive Tower
Sale Price $3,995.00
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