Inactivité: a Two-legged Chair by Benoit Malta
Designer Benoit Malta has created Inactivité chair to promote physical activity while sitting. In order to maintain balance on the two-legged chair, the user is forced to constantly make slight movements.
Benoit calls the chair’s inherent instability a “bearable discomfort”; a middle ground that isn’t as unhealthy as sitting all day, but is more comfortable than standing for many hours at a time. The user has to actively engage the core and leg muscles to stay balanced and avoid toppling over.
The aim of this project is to avoid as much as possible stationary postures and promote mobility. My will is to introduce a “bearable discomfort” for our well-being. I decided to work on different typical situations at home in which it would be interesting to insert physical activity. The aim of the project, beyond the idea of promoting mobility, is to raise awareness of people about their bodies.
This chair propose an other way to sit. Its structure built on only two feets allows to stimulate different parts of the body through a passive situation. This bearable discomfort permits to adopt the best posture on the chair.
Born in 1990, Benoit Malta grew up in the south of France where he got a two year Bachelor in mechanical product conception and engineering (BTS) and a second bachelor in product design (BTS) at Jean Perrin school in Marseille. Then he studied at the Ecole Boulle in Paris, french national school from which he graduated with highest honors in Product Design Master degree (DSAA).
This education allowed Benoit to acquire a large set of skills in industrial, artisanal and technological fields and to develop a global reflection about my practice of design with a desire for legitimacy and accuracy in his work.
More about his work here: www.benoitmalta.com
Photos courtesy of Benoit Malta