Staying outdoors provides fresh air and vitamin D, which increases human creativity and productivity.
We are facing a global challenge. Health and well-being are debated like never before and the physical and mental stress that today's connected society brings results in more people becoming ill with mental illness and stress-related illnesses. In more recent time, mental illness has increased amongst young people who mainly spend their time indoors. In Sweden, about 35,000 people are signed off from work due to severe stress. Insomnia, tiredness and anxiety are the main problems and many people find it difficult to recover. You get recovery by staying in restorative environments, such as outdoor stays and nature experiences. The Bug contributes to a sustainable working life.
"Sleep quality is improved, depression and anxiety are counteracted and stress tolerance is raised" Johansson & Kuller (2005).
The Bug can rotate 360 degrees, which enables the users to decide for them whether they want to sit in the sun and work or if they want sun protection. You can also turn yourself away from disturbing sounds. Thanks to the fact that the ribs of the chair are inclined, both light rays and sound waves are refracted which means that voices or other sounds are attenuated.
We have used proven design methodology. Surveys, interviews, observations and field studies strengthen our process and our results.
We can’t afford to wait, we must go out and stay in our nature to learn to respect it and value it if we want a planet to live on in fifty years.
The inspiration for the chair comes from Dor-beetle who was considered in Swedish folklore to be a bearer of happiness. People believed that work would be facilitated if that year's first Dor-beetle came flying fast (Schön, 2004). It protects the beetle just like our chair protects the person sitting in it.