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‘Everyday Posture’ will keep you on the edge of your seat


Left: The shape of “Variable Balans” helps prevent spinal pain. Right: “Stair Stool” by Oh Chang-hun. [ERGO SYSTEM, ARCHE]

An interactive exhibition at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is challenging how people think about chairs.

Titled “Everyday Posture: Chairs and People” (translated), this free exhibition at the DDP’s Gallery MUN showcases unconventional chairs to encourage visitors to realize the importance of healthy sitting postures and introduce them to a whole new world of seats and their different shapes and functions. “Everyday Posture” is hosted by the Seoul Design Foundation and curated by above.studio.

“Chairs go beyond simple furniture, but determine how we spend a third of our day,” reads an introduction to the exhibition.

“Most of the chairs that we use only allow a uniform posture, leading to muscle pain and unbalance as we stay in the same position for a long time.”

The first section of “Everyday Postures” showcases chairs from four Korean designers including Kim Chung-jae, the famous friend of cartoonist and entertainer Gian84. For the exhibition, Kim displayed “For dull but deep love 2,” a steel bench that forces sitters to have their backs to one another. Other works on display in this section are “Stair Stool,” “Rush Chair” and “Arch Series Stool 10.”

The second section features a curated collection of chairs from furniture brands and foreign designers that push visitors to try out sitting positions outside of their comfort zones.

On display is “Variable Balans,” a stool with leg rests designed to provide optimal comfort to the sitter by maintaining the angle between their back and knees at 135 degrees.

Also featured is “Spun,” the famous rotational chair from British designer Thomas Heatherwick that spins the sitter 360 degrees.

Visitors can sit on all of the chairs in the exhibition except “For dull but deep love 2.” “Everyday Posture” also offers pictorial diagrams recommending the different postures visitors can try out, along with mirrored walls to help them position their bodies better. With “Balance Ball Chair,” a wheeled chair topped with an exercise ball, for example, visitors are encouraged to lie down and drape their body over the curve of the ball.

Five of the nine chairs in the second section including “Variable Balans” are available for sale at major Korean department stores through Ergo System, a local furniture dealer.

This Saturday, the exhibition will host a special program inviting a physical therapist to discuss correct sitting positions and the different types of illnesses caused by poor posture like turtle neck syndrome.

BY KIM EUN-JIN [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]

“Everyday Posture” will run through July 14. The exhibition is open from noon to 9 p.m. everyday except Mondays.

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