Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking the exact same dirty thoughts; but no: they’re not fun “adult poses” to enjoy with another human or similarly-sized biped. They are in fact some of the new postures that chair-maker Steelcase has noticed in hours of actually watching how we slump in our seats.
The new Gesture series of office chairs is designed to fit your body when you’re using your iPad or your phone. As such, it adjusts to support your body when you want to lean back with your Retina iPad, crunch over your desk tapping at your iPhone or reclining like Burt Reynolds in a Playgirl shoot, only you’re twizzling your fingers on a touchscreen instead of through your own luxurious chest hair.
I have a Steelcase chair in the house and I stopped using it around the time I switched from using a Mac to an iPad for my work. Right now I’m sitting on my bed with a keyboard and tablet perched on my lap, which sounds comfy but is in fact hurting both my wrists and my back. Ouch! You see? And now I’ve spilled my damn coffee all over the duvet…
So the Gesture looks great. Now all we need is an interface to Siri which makes you seem like you’re making dirty, surreptitious phone calls to your mistress instead of dorking to a virtual assistant, and we’ll be back in the world of Mad Men. I’ll take a Manhattan.