The Steelcase Amia Chair and the Secret to Maximum Comfort

The Steelcase Amia Chair and The Secret to Maximum Comfort


Choose High Performance Seating with Amia.

The choice of seating in an office is the most crucial decision a company makes because if you feel better you perform better. The Steelcase Amia Chair knows exactly what your body needs and automatically adapts itself to your body position. With its innovative LiveLumbar mechanism, the Steelcase Amia Chair never lets you down, offering full support through even the longest days.

Steelcase's Amia Chair Results

Amia Ergonomic ChairThe refined and textured look of the Amia, along with an enveloping backrest are immediately inviting. In a Steelcase study of 60 people, 90.7 percent found the Amia "immediately comfortable." In Europe, where 46 percent of workers suffer from back pain every week, the Amia counters problems by making users less likely to sit in a hunched position. Considerable care and quality provide not only an elegant finish, but a seat that improves comfort and health. Chair settings have also been made easily adjustable and intuitively placed so you are free to focus on your work.

Steelcase also uses a Life Cycle Assessment program to make sure their products are environmentally sound. The Amia is made from 20 percent recycled material. According to McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, the Amia contains no hazardous materials and releases no toxic substances during use. At the end of the Amia's life cycle it is 97 percent recyclable.

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Science Supporting the Steelcase Amia Chair

Steelcase constantly invests in user research as part of the design process. Three key discoveries from a global medical study over four years that included 732 users inspired Steelcase's Amia.

1. The spine does not move as a single unit. Independent movements in a person's upper and lower back need to be supported by a dynamic backrest. Therefore, LiveLumbar support is hidden in the Amia's backrest and moves forward to fill in the gap around your lower back.

2. Every individual's spinal motion is unique. As an individual changes posture, the backrest needs to mimic spinal motions. Therefore, the Amia uses flexors that move up and down to create a sliding support zone.

3. Upper and lower back regions require different kinds and amounts of support. Therefore, Amia supports the lumbar and thoracic areas differently. LiveLumbar self-adjusts to your lower back and a tilt tension support adjusts the upper area of the backrest.

Ergonomic Study of Pressure Distribution

An ergonomic study of pressure distribution measured peak pressure areas as well as low pressure areas while sitting. Contrasting average chairs with the Amia, pressure mapping showed a clear difference. Regardless of the user's position, the Amia's pressure map shows peak pressure points neither on the seat nor backrest. The improvement is credited to precise cushioning and its lumbar support technology.