Ergoworks are the premier ergonomics concept store that provides an integrated solution for one who appreciates the benefits of a healthy ergonomics lifestyle with their product; ‘Ergoworks Truly Perfect Ergonomic Chair’. Their extensive range of products is professionally endorsed and recommended by both The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) and the Singapore Physiotherapy Association. The endorsements are a testament to the protection and comfort that we offer. It goes without saying why many doctors, medical professionals, and posture trainers are customers too!
1. How do you stay up to date with Product Design trends?
Our design team has adopted the S.A.F.E.L.Y concept into our workflow—a testament to our deep-rooted company values and principles.
(S)ubscribe: We consistently subscribe to a variety of design magazines and publications, ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of the latest trends and innovative designs that incorporate ergonomic principles.
(A)ttend: We attend furniture and interior design trade shows and exhibitions. These events are crucial for us to witness the latest products and concepts, and they provide invaluable opportunities for networking.
(F)ollow: We actively engage with international designers on social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn where we can gain insights into current trends and appreciate the work of our peers in the community.
(E)xplore: We explore the websites of reputable manufacturers and retailers to stay updated on the newest collections and popular design styles. Being at the forefront of design innovation is key.
(L)earn: We place a strong emphasis on learning from consumer feedback for our ongoing evolution in design. We study consumer preferences, their concerns about sustainability, and the latest technologies that can be incorporated into our designs.
(Y)ou Stay Creative: ‘You Stay Creative’ is our guiding philosophy. We believe in being trendsetters rather than followers. As a pioneering brand in Asia in holistic ergonomic, posture care, and wellness solutions, we have to continually evolve and contribute to the broader industry’s progress.
Staying true to the concept has been instrumental in driving our success, fostering innovation, and ensuring ergonomic excellence in our designs.
2. What is the role of empathy in Product Design?
In our journey of ergonomic design, we realised that empathy is not just a component—it is the essence of creating meaningful products. This understanding is embodied by our E.C.O.S framework.
(E)rgonomics is at the core of our business. We are dedicated to designing products that ensure optimal usability and safety, minimising strain and discomfort while enhancing efficiency and productivity.
(C)onsumer feedback is invaluable to us. It helps bridge any gaps, highlights areas for improvement, and guides the development of future designs, ensuring that we are always in tune with our users’ needs.
(O)ur ergonomic products are designed to be versatile and adaptable, catering to a diverse range of individuals, settings, and requirements. Flexibility is crucial in creating ergonomic solutions that truly make a difference.
(S)ustainability is a key component of our design philosophy. We pay close attention to our manufacturing processes, the materials we use, and the lifecycle of our products. Adopting this sustainable mindset allows us to minimise waste and guarantee the durability of our products.
3. What was the most difficult moment when developing your idea?
Striking the right balance between the aesthetic appeal of our furniture designs and their ergonomic functionality presented a significant challenge. Our aim was not just to create a product that is visually appealing, but also to fulfil genuine ergonomic requirements. This proved to be a complex task during the design process.
4. What are some new things that you learned about yourself and the users you were designing?
We have delved deep into anthropometrics over the years. In the process, we accumulated a vast amount of data, conducting extensive research to understand the range of user sizes and proportions. This experience highlighted the importance of putting our customers and their evolving needs first. It gave us a renewed drive for continuous learning and innovation, solidifying our commitment to developing ergonomic furniture that is adaptable and can cater to a broad range of users.
5. What are your future plans?
We are exploring the potential of 3D printing technology to develop highly customisable ergonomic solutions and products tailored to individual needs. Our goal is to leverage this technology to enhance our problem-solving capabilities and potentially reduce costs in the process.
6. What was the inspiration behind your product/design/idea?
At the heart of our ergonomic design philosophy is human-centric design (HCD). We firmly believe in creating products with the end-user’s needs and experiences in mind. By gaining an understanding of human capabilities, limitations, and preferences, we are empowered to develop solutions that significantly elevate comfort, safety, and overall performance.
7. What is your design superpower?
Our design superpower lies in our unique ability to harmonise adaptability, comfort, and efficiency. The combination defines our approach to ergonomic design, which we believe sets us apart in our field.
8. What is the best part about your job?
The most rewarding aspect of our work is the opportunity to positively impact human well-being through thoughtful and effective design. At Ergoworks, we make ergonomic works for you. And we live by the mantra. It’s not just our job—it’s our mission and our passion.