A GOOD CHAIR
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(head of Bauhaus in Weimar from 1930)
Original Steifensand awarded for MONICO®.
Product Design Oscars 2016 are going to Freystadt.
MONICO® wins Red Dot Product Design Award 2016 and German Design Award 2016.
The modular chair design convinced both Juries with it´s elegant and characteristic Design created by chairdesigner Justus Kolberg.
Awarded with some of the most important recognitions for product design, Original Steifensand´s modular chair design MONICO® counts to the best of the year.
Justus Kolberg, a chair designer who is in demand throughout Europe, steps up to the challenge. Because chairs are his passion. His creative leitmotif: Simple, minimalistic, clean-cut. The ideal use of forms for a new range of office chairs, which shows the way to a suitable office chair as clearly as MONICO®.
MONICO® is distinctive. And this should be clearly visible. Because the office chair represents the brand Original Steifensand like no other product.
MONICO® combines the best qualities of Original Steifensand: sophisticated technology, pure aesthetics and supportive sitting for any kind of requirement
MONICO® is different. Especially concerning its back view. After all, a chair is rather defined by its backrest. Therefore, the designer Justus Kolberg focused on this component for MONICO®. The result: A distinctive component for the whole product family.
A Y-shaped brace – on request available with adjustable lumbar support – as well as a bent backrest give the entire product family its own identity. Its technical appearance, characterized by roundings and smooth transitions, is highly aesthetic.
The brace: It coalesces in the lower section, underlining the supporting and thus functional aspect of the office chair. Flexible in the upper section. Stable in the lower section.
The lumbar support: It is intended as an option and can be vertically height-adjusted at the brace. This works well with the backrest, which is bent backwards.
The interaction: The characteristic element, which consists of brace and support, has a technical look and feel to it and, at the same time, is very aesthetic due to its roundings. The component parts fit into each other perfectly.
The managing directors about MONICO®
Nowadays, it is not easy for people to work in a sitting position. They are supposed to sit comfortably – and healthily. They are supposed to sit individually – and on chairs with a certain corporate design. They are supposed to sit on custom-made chairs – that should also be economical. Quite a few challenges for those who sit.
And for those who provide office chairs. However, everything could be so easy. Managing directors Lothar Kroczek and Alexander Härtel about MONICO®, the new modular chair design by Original Steifensand.
MONICO® combines optimum functionality and a high level of innovation and profitability. And because it bears the Original Steifensand brand, MONICO® stands for quality „made in Germany“.
The Designer Justus Kolberg
Justus Kolberg, who was born in Schleswig in 1962, quickly built up his reputation as a designer. He owes his remarkable career to his intelligent designs, which he integrates in modern, technical architecture.
Since 1997, he has been working as a freelance designer in cooperation with
several companies like Tecno (Italy), Kokuyo (Japan), Wilkhahn (Germany), renz (Germany), Thonet Wien (Austria), Kusch (Germany), Garpa (Germany), Munch (Denmark), Davis (USA) or HoWe (Denmark).
Justus Kolberg has won numerous awards – including seven „red Dot“ awards from „Design Centrum NRW“.
We would like to explain the functions of MONICO® office chairs and tell you what really matters.
The optional Schukra lumbar support for padded backrests can be adjusted by hand wheel manually in height and depth to the optimal working or resting position. A height-adjustable lumbar support is integrated in each of the padded backrest series.
Backrests in many varieties
MONICO® has a number of different backrests. The backrest is the key component of the chair and therefore the most distinctive module of MONICO®. You can choose between a net backrest and a padded backrest, both are available in many different variations. As an option, you can also combine each model with a headrest.
The new universal mechanism (point synchronous) for price-conscious newcomers in the office chair sector. Easy to adapt and user friendly due to automatic weight setting with vernier adjustment.
1) with seat depth adjustment
2) without seat depth adjustment
Perfectly supports every movement of people who sit a lot. Proven, comfortable mechanism (point synchronous) that can be adjusted quickly. Ideal for office chairs used by different people. 4 times lockable with safety release. Backrest pressure can be adjusted to a body weight between 45 kg and 120 kg in only 3 complete revolutions. Pre-selectable seat tilt adjustment (ST 5°).
1) without seat depth adjustment
2) with seat depth adjustment
3) with seat depth adjustment, reinforced (with a reinforced spiral spring for body weight of 70 kg to 150 kg)
Proven for occasional use, but also for people who sit a lot and have high requirements concerning ergonomics. Linear motion (point synchronous). Constant counterpressure. 5 times lockable with safety release. At the side of the chair, the backrest pressure can be adjusted to a body weight of between 45 kg and 120 kg. Pre-selectable seat tilt adjustment (ST 4°).
1) without seat depth/seat tilt adjustment
2) with seat depth adjustment, without seat tilt adjustment
3) with seat depth/seat tilt adjustment
Proven high-end mechanism (point synchronous). Best quality with special automatic seat tilt adjustment for demanding people who sit a lot (STA). Fourfold lockable with safety release. At the side of the chair, the backrest pressure can be adjusted to a body weight of between 45 kg and 120 kg.
1) with seat depth adjustment and automatic seat tilt adjustment (6° forward)
This mechanism is only available in combination with aluminum braces.
Active synchronous mechanism with seat depth adjustment & seat tilt adjustment.
The most complex technology in an office chair is worth nothing, if the user can‘t handle the chair properly. Then, even a high-tech office chair just stays a simple chair. However, we think ahead – for our customers.
Therefore, our customers will find a small flyer with simple operating instructions delivered with every MONICO® chair by Original Steifensand. If the user wants to adjust his seat properly, the flyer is always close at hand. This makes it possible to fully use all advantages of the MONICO® chair. And to prove that it is not „just“ a chair.
1. Learn to adjust your office chair correctly.
Get familiar with your ergonomic office chair. Only if you know its functions and are able to easily adjust it, your office chair will help you to find a perfect and healthy sitting posture during your everyday work.
2. Adjust the height of table and chair correctly.
While sitting, your upper and lower arm, as well as your upper and lower leg, should form a right angle. Your feet should be firmly on the ground and your arms should lie loosely on the table. It is recommended to sit in a slightly tilted position in order to slightly straighten up the pelvis.
By the way: If you sit on the front edge with strongly tilted thighs, you are not stable. Bending your knees in smaller angles affects blood circulation.
3. Please use your whole office chair.
Make sure that backrest and seating surface of your office chair are ergonomically shaped and use them. The bulge of the backrest should support your back in the lower and middle part (lumbar spine).
Adjust the backrest to your individual body size. In addition to this, please use the entire seating surface. It should support two thirds of your thighs.
4. Sit in an upright position – with the help of your office chair.
If your pelvis is slightly tilted forward, you can avoid hyperkyphosis and ensure an upright sitting position. This has enormous advantages: Muscles and intervertebral disks are stressed equally. There is no pressure on the stomach. The legs are better supplied with blood.
However, THE right sitting posture for sitting for hours on end does not exist. Therefore: Change your sitting posture regularly and stand up from time to time. This way, the back muscles stay in motion and the blood circulation is stimulated.
5. Do not forget to stay in motion – even while sitting down.
Use your office chair‘s dynamic sitting function. Vary between different sitting positions (tilted forwards,
upright, reclined). And let your backrest support you while sitting.
This avoids one-sided strains of the spine. And it improves the blood circulation within the muscles of the intervertebral disks.