Retiring the TEDActive beanbags

After a long debate and a heavy amount of research, we’re very sad to say that our beloved red beanbags will no longer be a choice for seating at TEDActive 2014. It was a difficult choice to make but we believe this decision will be healthier for our backs, spines and posture.

According to the World Organization of Ergonomic Design (WOERD), a beanbag is the least ideal seating choice for health and productivity. In their most recent study on the ergonomics of seating options, the beanbag was ranked 99 out of 100 right above the water bed. Dr. Robert Weinstein, a member of the WOERD board, says, “It’s no surprise the beanbag is one of the least healthiest seating options. We’re looking at a slow-motion car accident here. When you’re in a beanbag, your spine is contracted and manipulated into something unrecognizable. The neck basically has no support and less oxygen is flowing to the brain. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

InternetMD, a notable health site, polled 5,000 beanbag users and found that 70% of beanbag users reported a deeper curvature in their spines, 87% users had back pain after use and 90% users reported feelings of listlessness, dizziness and fatigue. We conducted our own survey this year with many of you and found that these symptoms were frequently occuring.


Also, WOERD’s 2013 study on creativity output based on seating shows that the beanbag user creates a drastically low amount of output, compared to the kitchen chair user or the ergonomic ball user. Even someone using a hammock is more productive than someone using a beanbag.


In lieu of this recent data, we’ve decided that we no longer want to put your health at risk. We are exploring new forms of seating and would love to hear your input.




Happy April Fool’s Day!

11 thoughts on “Retiring the TEDActive beanbags”

  1. Agreed that you may not get neck support when looking straight ahead – but those beanbags are perfectly suited ergonomically for the location right under the screens – then you can lie back (with neck supported) and look up at the screen and be really well supported in a lounging way. A chair would be really uncomfortable in that zone up front. Would be a pity to lose them! Each to their own I say!


  2. So where does that place the hammock? I never feel normal in those things. I quite like the sofas. They seem to generate social interaction. Maybe because they are a “shared” space, maybe because its just like home.


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