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KOKUYO unveiled new designs at its recent annual Tokyo Fair in response to the new style of ‘multi-device working’ currently breaking new ground globally. Sophia Watson reports.



31 December, 2013



Inspine was the star of the show, boasting its own demonstration stage and trial area, and it wasn’t hard to see why. Designed in-house by Kazutaka Oki, Inspine heralds the launch of an industry first – wire lumbar support technology.

KOKUYO is famous for innovation, and the new wire lumbar support system did not disappoint. Where plastic and even air pumps have been used in the past, the new singular-coiled wire technology takes the idea of customisation to the next level, offering the user far more precise support, unparralleled within the industry.

At its core, the chair directly addresses the growing trend toward multi-device working and free address seating. To this end, a new mechanism posture support seat was designed to eliminate anti-forward-leaning postures. The forward tilt support function allows the user to adjust the angle to align the torso and thigh for a well-balanced posture position – no matter the device being used, or the individual using it.

While functionality is indeed key to the appeal of any office seating, no chair is complete without an innovative design aesthetic. Fortunately, Inspine has this in spades. The spindle and aluminium edge trim has a razor-sharp elegance, and a structural fashion-like style.

– Available with or without headrests
– Three types of high and low back options
– Available with or without armrests in two types of adjustable or t-shaped designs
– Featured in black or white frame with eight upholstery colour options




Another notable product, the Wizard firmly supports the pelvis and does not interfere with the movement of the upper body. It is equipped with a dual motion mechanism. The back seat angle interlocking system creates the perfect balance and support, responding to each small movement of the body that occurs at work including large movements of the body.

Wizard has an adjustable lumbar support to suit the individual differences and contours of the body. The simple chair-back design matches a variety of spatial designs and it comes in black or white frame, and 20 colour upholstery options.

Top image: Inspine


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