With evidence mounting that sitting for hours on end is doing us a heap of wrong, it’s little wonder that industrial designers are putting efforts towards healthier working alternatives. Don Chadwick, the man responsible for Herman Miller’s ubiquitous Aeron Chair, has one answer in the Ballo stool, a stool made for “short-term sitting,” which is to say, have a seat, but don’t get too comfortable.
Just unveiled at the Neo Con trade fair in Chicago this week, Ballo, created for furniture brand, Humanscale, is a lightweight plastic seat, comprised of two pliable air-filled domes, book-ending a central spine. Cushioned and playfully pleasing, Ballo’s compact form can easily be moved around for impromptu gatherings, but clearly deters prolonged lounging. Being offered in a range of bright colors, Ballo just picked up a Product Solutions award, handed out by Interior Design Magazine during Neo Con, and is expected to be available later this year.