LTO (an abbreviation of ‘Lean Towards’) was informed by observations of the misuse of chairs in contract environments.
A self-skinning PU foam seat is held within a laminated beach frame. A subtle 4° rocker on the front of the sleigh base enables the user to lean toward a surface and assists when getting out of the chair.
Foot pads within the sleigh runners give an affordance to relax and kick back when not working.
Designed with Peter Mac Cann, this design won the Promosedia Caiazza Memorial International Chair Design Competition 2003. This chair went through a number of iterations with at least two different manufacturers failing to take it to market successfully. We always thought it was a strong idea, so it was great to see a similar concept, the Tip Ton chair designed by Barber Osgerby, launched almost a decade later.