December 18, 2000
For the past ten years, I have had the good fortune to use the Rocking Stool. As an experienced industrial designer and educator, I have used the Rocking Stool in a variety of settings. In every context it has been a remarkably satisfying work tool. In my model shop I have found the Rocking Stool to be a versatile perch for doing assembly and finishing work. Its nature allows one to move from place to place along a work table. With the Rocking Stool moving sideways to another location does not require the elaborate procedure required of other fixed position stools - stand up, pick up and move the stool and sit down again. One simply grips the bottom of the seat and shifts laterally in a smooth motion to another location. The balancing factor is a wonderfully lively aspect of the Rocking Stool. I believe that using the Rocking Stool is a vitalizing process. It requires active sitting, in the best sense. I am among the population of Rocking Stool users who varies his sitting postures and locations during the course of a work day. The Rocking Stool is a terrific, stimulating change from the passive, collapsing style of sitting that a conventional stool or chair encourages. Upon engaging the Rocking Stool, the user immediately improves his back position and engages his legs in the sitting process. I include it as an option at all of my company's work stations. In groups and teams the Rocking Stool works equally well. It allows people to sit attentively. Tuning out is less likely as people move and adjust their postures in an easy, shifting manner that becomes an organic part of the group's activity. It contributes to the focus of the team while allowing people to move and find new positions of comfort. In my opinion, the Rocking Stool by Jon Elmaleh represents a significant innovation in seating.
Kenneth V. Stevens
President, Mind Stuff Design + Development
Director, The Integrated Design Curriculum,
Parsons School of Design Faculty, Product Design Department
June 4, 2003
Repetitive motion injuries caused while sitting on a conventional chair at a desk or drafting table are common. Twisting to a computer terminal, down to a drawer or trash can, can so often be the cause of low back pain. This spinal torqueing is stressful to the posterior facet joints of the lumbar spine (which don't allow for much movement of this sort), and may cause pain and inflammation. This stool allows the body to easily move and turn as a whole, reducing that facet joint 'jamming' and spinal strain. Great idea!
Dr. Sharon J. Kaufman
23 October 2000
I work in the literary representation business and spend a good part of my day sitting at a desk. Some years ago I was fortunate to hear that a young man named Jonathan Elmaleh had designed a stool that one could sit on which would help keep your back straight because of its simple design and the fact that you balanced yourself while sitting on the stool. I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on one of those original stools, and still use it daily...these days sitting in front of the computer at home. It's great for the back. A few months ago I heard that there was a new and improved design with a center that could be raised or lowered to different heights. I bought one of the new stools for my office desk chair, and within a week I bought a second for my country home. They are still utterly amazing. The simplicity of the design forces one to sit up straight and if you have a little courage you can even move around on the stool by rocking back and forth. I just love them and recommend them highly to everyone.
The Shukat Company, Ltd. New York, NY
October 3, 2000
As a sailmaker and artist the Elmaleh rocking stool has been an enjoyable and versatile tool in the process of my work. I work at various locations in my loft including floor level sunken sewing machine pits, sewing machines at table level, at my art and layout table as well as at my computer terminals. The ability to rotate and tip easily from one task to another has made my jobs (and my back) feel so much better with its versatility. I have only one stool yet I bring it to the location I'm presently working at, eschewing the other stools I have in my loft. I find it amusing that when my clients visit the loft they seek out the rocking stool over the others to perch on when we discuss business; it's always distracting to them as they enjoy the different angles and movement it provides; a great sales tool as well!
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