The average worker spends between three and eight hours a day at their desk, with many of us spending more time sitting down than sleeping. Research shows that a stationary lifestyle can increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some kinds of cancer. Height adjustable furniture like the Ratio home office desk can reduce this risk and by alternating between sitting and standing our bodies are generally healthier.
With its clean lines and lightweight design, Ratio has been designed to blend into the modern home office environment.
Herman Miller has always believed in the importance of supporting a variety of postures and encouraging healthy movement while you work. An alternative to sitting down at the desk is woven into our design history. In the 1960s both Robert Propst and George Nelson pioneered the concept of alternative working positions. Propst, the creator of Action Office, the world’s first open-plan office system, designed a hybrid of a stool and chair he termed a ‘perch’. Nelson, who was appointed Design Director in 1947, enjoyed standing around at work and thought others might also. He designed a stand-up, roll-top desk for the Action Office line. Both designers recognised the benefits of standing whilst working, long before the term ‘ergonomics’ was widely known or understood.
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