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为什么高品质办公椅那么贵?

Why Are Professional Office Chairs So Expensive? | ARTiculations

If you’ve ever looked into buying an office chair
如果你曾经考虑过买把办公椅
and have say looked up some options online,
并且在网上进行过搜索
you’ll find that it’s possible to buy one for about $ 50.
你会发现 50美元左右就能买到一把
There are also ones for between a hundred to a thousand.
也有一些价格在一百到一千美元之内
And there are ones for over a thousand dollars.
甚至有些超过一千美元
You may think to yourself,
你可能会想
“Aren’t they all just things we put our butts on?”
“他们不就是我们放屁股的地方吗?”
“What’s with the big price range?”
“这么大的价格区间是怎么回事?”
“And what kind of crazy person would spend
“什么样的疯子会花
over a thousand dollars on a chair?”
一千多美元在一把椅子上?”
Well let me tell you a story.
让我给你讲个故事吧
The first chair I ever bought for myself
我为自己买的第一把椅子
was a chair from.. I think Walmart, for like $ 39.99.
是从……我想是从沃尔玛买的 花了39.99美元
After about 18 months of use,
用了大概一年半之后
an arm had broken off,
一只扶手就坏了
the adjustable seat had gotten stuck,
可调节的座位卡了
the vinyl had ripped in a bunch of places
办公椅的乙烯基破了好几处
and the seat cushion was as flat as a pancake.
坐垫也变得像煎饼一样平
In fact, this chair wasn’t even frequently used.
事实上 我甚至不经常使用这把椅子
I maybe sat in it for about
我可能平均每天在上面
1-2 hours a day on average.
坐大概一两个小时
A good, durable office chair should last about 10-15 years
就算平均每周四十个小时 连续使用
while being used continuously
一把好的 耐用的办公椅
for an average of a 40 hour work week.
使用年限也应该在大约10-15年
A cheap chair may cost you less initially.
便宜的椅子一开始可能花的钱不多
But if you had to replace it every year or two,
但如果你不得不每一两年就更换的话
it may end up costing you more in the end.
到头来 你花的钱可能会更多
And that’s not even mentioning
更不要说
that cheaper chairs are often very uncomfortable
便宜的椅子往往舒适感很差
and not ergonomically designed.
设计也不符合人体工程学
This is not to say that every single person
这并不是说
needs to spend a thousand dollars on a chair.
每个人都要花一千美元买把椅子
For light residential use,
在轻型住宅中使用
you could probably find a good quality chair for that purpose
只要几百美元 你或许就能找到一把
for a few hundred dollars.
高质量的座椅
But if you’re looking to buy a chair for business use,
但是如果你想买一把商务用椅
or you work from home
或者你在家办公
and you do spend about 40 hours a week sitting in it,
每周要在上面坐大概四十个小时
you probably want to look into spending a little bit more
你可能想要花更多钱
to get a good quality chair for the long term.
买一把质量好的椅子 长期使用
Designing a quality commercial office chair often takes years
设计一把高品质的商务办公椅 通常需要数年时间
and cost a lot of money to implement.
花费不少的钱
It involves a lot of research and development,
它涉及到大量的研究开发
testing of materials, concepts iterations,
材料测试 概念迭代
and involve the work and input of
还涉及到许多
many scientists, engineers, designers, technologists
科学家 工程师 设计师 技术人员
and even healthcare professionals.
甚至是医疗工作者的工作和投入
For instance, the Steelcase leap chair took four years to develop,
例如 Steelcase的leap电脑椅花了四年时间开发
cost 35 million dollars,
花费3500万美元
and involved 11 academic studies.
包含了11项学术研究
But why do furniture manufacturers bother with doing all of those things?
但是 为什么家具制造商要费心去做这些事情呢?
Well one, because it takes a lot of work
第一是因为开发坚固 耐用的产品
to develop something that’s strong and durable.
需要做大量工作
Most commercial manufactures will put their chair designs
大多数产品制造商都会对他们的椅子设计
through vigorous testing methods for function and durability.
进行功能和耐用性的严格测试
An example of this is the ISO 21015 test for office work chairs.
这方面的一个例子是办公椅测试标准 ISO 21015
This test would determine the stability, strength and durability of a chair
通过模拟各种标准化的功能使用
by applying various standardized simulations of functional use
以及可能出现的误用
as well as expected misuse.
来测定办公椅的稳定性 强度和耐久性
Number two, most high quality chairs are extensively ergonomically designed,
第二 大多数高品质座椅都普遍符合人体工学设计
since most of us expect to sit in them
因为我们大多数人都预期在它们上面
for up to 40 hours a week.
一周坐四十个小时
Sitting for a long period of time in an uncomfortable seat,
长期坐着一个不舒服的座位
a poorly supported cushion,
支撑不良的的坐垫
or a strained position
或者保持一个紧张的坐姿
could lead to severe health conditions.
可能会引发严重的健康问题
Thus a chair should not only be comfortable, but also adjustable.
因此座椅不仅要舒适 还要可以调节
So most professional office chairs are designed with mechanisms
所以大多数专业办公椅通过设计机制
that allow a user to easily adjust
让我们可以轻松调节
seat height, back angles, seat depth, chair tilt,
座椅高度 靠背角度 座椅深度 座椅倾斜度
arm location, chair width, tension,
扶手位置 椅子宽度和松紧程度
and sometimes even the locations of lumbar support,
有时甚至是腰椎支撑的位置
allowing the chair to adapt to your
能够让座椅符合你的
body type, work conditions and personal preference.
体型 工作状况和个人喜好
Many commercial office chairs are also customizable.
很多商务办公椅也可以定制
At a residential furniture store,
在家具店里
you generally have a limited choice of design and fabric options.
设计和面料选择通常很有限
Because manufactures can keep costs low by manufacturing a few
因为厂家可以通过批量生产一些标准化产品
standardized products in mass quantity.
来降低成本
But commercial customers usually require a wider selection of options
但是商用客户通常需要更多选择方案
so commercial suppliers generally have a higher per-item cost.
因此 商用供应商的每项成本通常更高
A commercial chair supplier usually allows you to choose
商务椅供应商通常能给你
from a greater selection of designs, finishes, and fabric options.
更多的设计 装饰和面料选择
You can even bring in your own fabric,
你甚至可以带上自己的面料
or have the option of printing a custom graphic or pattern onto the fabric.
或者选择在面料上打印自定义图形或图案
Many commercial businesses want to be able to reflect
许多企业希望能够在座椅设计上
their brand colour or image in the design of their offices,
反映出他们的商标颜色和图案
especially if it’s for a customer facing environment.
尤其是在面向客户的环境里
But if you’re just a person who’s looking for
但如果你只是 个人想要为家庭办公
a simple functional chair for your home office,
买一把简单实用的椅子
you most likely don’t need all of that.
你很可能不需要所有这些要求
But the option is there if you have
但是如果你心里有非常具体的设计
a very specific design in mind.
方案就在那里
Ultimately, a great chair like all great designs,
最终 一把好椅子 就像所有伟大的设计一样
seamlessly ties together elegant form,
将优雅的外观 创新的技术
innovative technology and functional excellence.
和卓越的功能完美地结合在一起
The Aeron chair, a Herman Miller product
Aeron座椅是赫曼米勒公司的产品
that was designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994
由比尔•施通普夫和唐•查德威克于1994年设计
is actually a part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
现被收藏在现代艺术博物馆
An interesting and innovative part of their design
他们设计的一个有趣 创新的地方是
is that its seat as well as back are
它的座位和椅背
are actually not built out of traditional upholstery.
实际上没有用传统的坐垫和衬料
It’s made out of an intricate network of polyester mesh
而是将错综复杂的聚酯网
that’s stretched over an aluminum frame.
拉伸到铝制框架上
This make it light and flexible
使得椅子轻便灵活
yet durable, resilient, stain proof, splash proof
又经久耐用 弹性好 防污防溅
and its open mesh helps to keep your butt airy and cool.
而且它的网眼有助于保持臀部透气凉爽
So if you’re looking to buy a chair,
所以 如果你打算买把座椅
whether you’re looking for a classic work of of art,
不管是能被博物馆收藏的
that’s worth of a museum,
经典艺术品
or you’re just looking for a simple functional chair,
还是仅仅一把简单实用的椅子
hopefully this gives you a little bit of an idea
希望这个视频能给你们的需求和要考虑的事项
into what to consider and what to look for.
带来一点点思路
Often I like to talk about how
我经常喜欢谈论
everything in this world is designed,
这个世界上的一切是如何设计的
from the concrete curbs on the side the road,
从路边的水泥路缘
to toilet partitions in a public bathroom,
到公共厕所的卫生间隔断
to the plastic trims on the edges of a chair.
再到椅子边缘的塑料装饰
Most people don’t even realize or take for granted just
大多数人甚至没有意识到 或只是想当然
how much work and thought has gone into designing
一些世界上最常见的东西
some of the most ubiquitous things in the world.
在设计上花了多少工夫和心思
So I’d love to hear from you guys.
所以我很想听听你们的想法
What are some of your curious questions about the design world?
你对设计有哪些好奇的问题?
Or just what are some of your questions
或者关于你周围的日常物品
about the everyday objects around you?
你有哪些问题?
Feel free to leave it in the comments below,
请在下方评论区留言
or suggest it to me via any of my social media accounts.
或者在我其他的社交媒体账号向我提议
Thanks for watching and happy sitting!
感谢收看!祝你们坐得愉快!

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