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Forpeople's Keyn office chairs for Herman Miller are made for fidgeters

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: London company Forpeople has designed a range of office chairs for Herman Miller to accommodate workers who shuffle around in their seats.

The Keyn chairs, which will be unveiled during this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, are made using a flexible seat shell that remains in contact with the user as they move position.

Keyn office chairs for Herman Miller by forpeople at Clerkenwell design week 2016

Each chair in the collection is made up of four key parts: the upper backrest, lower backrest, seat and frame. The backrest is designed to respond to shifts in posture and reclines up to 10 degrees.

Forpeople – which has previously designed first-class cabin interiors for British Airways – worked closely with Herman Miller to determine how office chairs needed to perform.

"From our research, we know that people move around on average of 53 times an hour when seated," said Herman Miller's Stephen Perkins. "Chairs in meeting rooms tend to be inflexible, meaning a user's natural movement isn't encouraged or supported."

The company saw that because of the lack of comfort, people became unengaged and struggled to concentrate for longer periods of time.

Keyn office chairs for Herman Miller by forpeople at Clerkenwell design week 2016

"The Keyn Chair is designed to respond to a user's movement, supporting their body as they move in their seat," Perkins added.

"It provides instant comfort through the flexible seat shell, which remains in contact with your body from the moment you sit down."

The collection will be presented at an installation at Herman Miller's pop-up showroom on 102 to 108 Clerkenwell Road. Visitors will be offered an insight into the chair's design, its designers and examples of the chair in a number of settings.

Keyn office chairs for Herman Miller by forpeople at Clerkenwell design week 2016

Herman Miller was founded by D J De Pree in 1923 and named after the father-in-law who lent him the start-up investment. In nearly a century, it has been responsible for many iconic pieces of furniture design, including the Aeron Chair, the Noguchi Table and the Eames Lounge Chair.

More recently, the US company has launched a reconfigurable office furniture system made from lightweight foam and invited Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings to upholster some of its pieces in a fabric with a nine-metre repeat pattern.

This year's Clerkenwell Design Week takes place from 24 to 26 May 2016 – see Dezeen's guide to the must-see installations during the event.