The Allow Me Chair from Orangebox is built on more than two decades of environmental design. Designer Like Palmer has put dematerialisation at the heart of AllowMe.
Allow Me is Orangebox's simplest ever chair consisting of only 22 individual parts.
The chairs movement comes from the helix backrest and the designed flexibility in the front of the seat doing away with heavy mechanisms on more traditional seating solutions.
A great idea is at the heart of the AllowMe Chair story emerged after Simon Dennehy and Phil Hamilton of Dublin’s Perch Design asked themselves, ‘How can we make a chair that beautifully mimics dynamic human movement?’
The practice wanted to create a beautifully simple chair that would move fluidly with the user… An ergonomic chair that would improve comfort and wellbeing by promoting continuous low-threshold movement and active-dynamic sitting, for any size or shape of user, built around pelvic rotation and hip abduction. The result was a chair back involving a single piece of geometry based on a helical sprung section, providing progressive resistance during the natural recline movement of the user, regardless of their shape or size.
With nothing other than one manual control in the form of height adjustment, the quest in partnership with Orangebox was also to promote better posture and comfort in a variety of typical settings from casual reclined collaborative sitting and right-angled task sitting, right up to an elevated perch touch down position. The challenge for the Orangebox team tasked with evolving the design for production was, however, how to remain true to its defining geometric principle and spirit, while manufacturing at scale using modern processes. It ended up being a five-year development process; one which inspired and stretched the minds of all those involved.