The growing impact of obesity is well documented. The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, according to the Overseas Development Institute. One in three people in the world are overweight and in the UK, 64% of adults are classed as obese or overweight.
That means a huge increase in heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and associated diseases, which all impact on our straining health service. Of course, it’s a complicated issue that encompasses food manufacture, advertising, mental health, genetics and modern life.
But there are clever people out there trying to address the issues in innovative ways through design. One such lateral thinker is French graduate, Benoît Malta. He has designed this chair with just two legs to tackle the issue of modern life and our lack of physical activity.
Working with ergonomists and physical therapists he has developed furniture and interior fittings that require dynamic activity in typical domestic or office environments to kick-start our increasingly sedentary lifestyles – whether that’s in front of the office desktop or home cinema system.
The beautiful beech chair requires the user to keep moving position to stay balanced. The chair works muscles in the lower leg and back and encourages an upright sitting position.
Malta has also come up with a light that switches itself off, so the person in the room is require to get up off his or her derriere and switch it back on. The beech lamp uses a disc of mirrored glass containing a mercury switch that switches an LED light on when its long handle is moved into a horizontal position. A counter weight keeps the handle straight so the light remains on for a limited period before it falls to turn the light off.
He has also developed a series of beech shelves, like climbing wall holds, that are designed to be placed high on to a wall to encourage people to stretch and reach what they need.
There’s lots more about Matla’s great work over at Dezeen – click here.