lounge chair un{common}

Chairs are shaped after our bodies while also affecting our bodies’ posture. They can even position us in a social hierarchy. A radical rethinking of the gynaecological examination.

The gynaecology chair was developed during the 19th century, modern medicine’s heyday. This was even a time where women started to claim greater social and political rights and a strong need to biologically legitimise men’s control over women arose. The gynaecology chair’s structural design has hardly been changed in 150 years. It is a central symbol for the examination and can for women be associated with feelings of exposure or giving up the right to your own body. This may lead to future appointments being postponed or completely avoided.

My design proposal may be interpreted as a common lounge chair – or a very uncommon gynaecology chair. It provokes the question whether choices in material and shape always find their origin in functionality and production methods, or rather in a non-questioning of traditions and norms.

Lounge chair un{common} is breaking norms in medical equipment. The organic shell offers integrity and allows for a relaxed examination. The wide armrests let women take up a dominant stance within the room. And without restraining stirrups they can take power over the situation and their bodies.

It is a lounge chair that aims to inspire discussion about traditions in healthcare and not at least in medical design. un{common} has been developed together with and for those who traditionally were not allowed to participate in the design of objects that were used on their bodies: women.

Photo: Linus Fridén
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Detail of un{common}, photo: Linus Fridén

A process based on user research and ergonomic studies:

Process of ergonomic studies, full scale rough prototyping and digital as well as physical creation of the final model.