Teachers once chastised fidgety students, but, according to Smith Systems, the new thinking in education suggests that allowing some movement while seated may improve users’ breathing and posture. Unlike traditional classroom chairs, the Flavors Noodle Chair has a proprietary suspension below its seat pan that allows it to shift slightly to accommodate the motions of users—whether they lean left or right or tilt forward or back. Greenguard certified to meet indoor air quality standards for children and schools, the chair also engages core muscles, similar to the benefit of sitting on a large exercise ball, the company says. smithsystem.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who writes about new products and sustainable design.