Werksy® from OM Seating Wins 2018 Good Design® Award
March 4, 2019, Ontario, CA — OM’s Werksy® chair has been recognized with a 2018 Good Design® Award. The annual international competition is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies. Now in its 68th year, Good Design is the oldest and the most prestigious Global Awards Program for Design Excellence and Design Innovation.
How do you Werksy? The playful, versatile Werksy is all about you, the individual. More than your traditional task chair, Werksy is inspired by the unconventional ways people work today. Paying tribute to classic form language while celebrating the simplicity of post-Adjust-Everything task chairs, Werksy provides supreme seating comfort without sacrificing its seamless surface flow and ultra-functional move-ability.
Wilson Chow, President of OM, explains the chair’s origin, “We envisioned Werksy to be as friendly and resourceful as its name implies. The Werksy Collection is a visitor’s chair for listening and learning, a hoteling chair for sharing and studying, and a rocking chair for creating and collaborating.”
The team at OM approached Henner Jahns, president and design director of awardwinning design firm Gecco Vision with a challenge: Could he create a chair family that reflects the changes in the modern office environment –– a chair defined by its flexibility and ability to transition through a variety of formal and casual scenarios, while placing a premium on movement, ergonomics, and style? The result was the Werksy Collection.
As the forms of the modern workplace evolve, and demographic and cultural shifts in the workforce multiply, our needs for sitting, standing, collaborating, and encouraging productivity adapt in tandem. As a portmanteau of “work” and “easy,” Werksy makes your work experience easier. Featuring a fluid form language and graceful lines, Werksy delivers ease of motion and undeniable comfort. With three unique base options, the collection offers versatile functionality and adds new dimensions to work seating, all with the goal of keeping your body in motion while you Werksy.
Guest seating includes a natural waterfall backrest “ledge” that acts as an easy-access arm rest. The light task seating or hoteling chair includes a mechanism that enables a simple forward and backwards tilt for extra comfort. The group-work oriented rocking chair offers a confident, smooth ride through its forward pause-perch position into a full arc, rocking back motion to stimulate creative ideas and collaboration. The rocker also offers a unique height adjustable solution and an auto-return swivel for a complete movement experience.
Transcending traditional expectations of seating and its relationship to people and how they work, Werksy re-imagines the modern work environment and re-writes the rules. Whether you intend to collaborate, create, or contemplate, Werksy enables your return to the elementals of work.
The Good Design Award is Werksy’s second of the 2018-2019 Award Season: ergonomic thought leaders at ErgoExpo in Las Vegas, Nevada, bestowed Werksy with the Attendees’ Choice Award in late 2018. Regarded in the industry as a principled stamp of approval for ergonomic productivity solutions, the Attendees’ Choice recognized Werksy’s human-first design.
OM is a national leader in mid-market seating solutions for small and large businesses, healthcare environments, educational and governmental institutions, and various organizations. Founded in 1986 on an egg ranch in San Marcos, CA, OM has grown from a regional provider of ergonomic task seating into a nationally respected and sought-after source for seating for anywhere work happens. OM is Smart Seating.
For thirty years, OM has been a national leader in mid-market seating solutions for small and large businesses, healthcare environments, educational and governmental institutions, and various organizations. Founded in 1986 on an egg ranch in San Marcos, CA, OM has grown from a regional provider of ergonomic task seating into a nationally respected and sought-after source for seating for anywhere work happens. OM is Smart Seating.
About the Designer
Gecco Vision was founded in 1997 by Henner Jahns, and has performed award-winning work for numerous clients in Europe and the United States. In 1997 Gecco was instrumental in designing a complete line of products for CD World Corporation, which transformed the way music was distributed.
That same year, Gecco collaborated with Human Factors in the development of the Schick Diamond FX® shaver, which subsequently received the Red Dot Design Award for highest design excellence and was introduced to the market in 1999 for worldwide distribution. Henner held the roles of Company President and Design Director, specializing in tailor-made office furniture projects.
About The Awards
For eight decades since its inception, The Chicago Athenaeum continues the organisation of the program to create an awareness about contemporary design and to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace. Good Design® was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. Mort Goldsholl also created the iconic Good Design logo in 1950.