We all spend a lot of time sitting. Probably more than we realize and certainly more than is good for us. We can’t easily change how much we sit, so the challenge is to change how we sit.

How did we get here?

After 30 years as a surgeon at the University of Vermont’s trauma center, Dr. Osler left the operating room and began a career as a research epidemiologist. This switch required hours of sitting at a computer, and despite trying a dozen different chairs, sitting all day caused him unrelenting back pain.

And he knew he wasn’t alone. Americans, on average, sit for nearly 10 hours a day, and 80% suffer from sitting-induced back pain. We sit to eat, watch TV, work at a desk… sitting is designed into our lives.

To Dr. Osler, sitting better meant being able to adjust his position freely, naturally, and comfortably in real time – moment to moment movement without adjustment knobs. Such movement would relieve back pain, as well as prevent the body from being passive.

Long story short: finding no such chair, he invented one.

“We believe everyone can benefit from active sitting, and that it can make our communities healthier, as a whole. We’re pretty sure you’re going to love active sitting.”

MEET DR. OSLER AND HIS SON, LEX.

Dr. Turner Osler is the CEO and Founder of QOR360.
CEO & Founder

Turner Osler, MD

Turner is the CEO and Founder of QOR360. Dr. Osler is an academic trauma surgeon turned research epidemiologist...

Turner is the CEO and Founder of QOR360. Dr. Osler is an academic trauma surgeon turned research epidemiologist who has published over 300 peer-reviewed medical papers and book chapters. As a physician who’s suffered from a tyranny of conventional chairs for most of his life, Dr. Osler’s quest for a healthier way to sit led him to develop The Eccentric Bicylinder, a shape that is central to QOR360’s ergonomic, healthy, and active seating products.
COO & Founder

Lex Osler

Lex is the co-founder and COO of QOR360. A frequent competitor and winner of various local and national startup pitching competitions...

Lex is the co-founder and COO of QOR360. A frequent competitor and winner of various local and national startup pitching competitions, Lex’s entrepreneurial drive has him running day to day operations for QOR360 and developing and implementing strategy to bring the life changing concept of active sitting to as many people as possible. A graduate of Cornell University, he majored in Computational Biology with a minor in English. Lex is into fitness and tries to be as active as possible, but when he has to sit, QOR360 is his seat of choice.

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A’ Design Award and Competition is the World’s largest, most prestigious and influential design accolade, the highest achievement in design.

Expect more from your chair, and if you must sit, sit better.

Meet a few happy sitters

dr. brad weiss

"After 34 years of practice helping people in pain caused by sitting all day this is the best solution I have found."

Dr. Brad Weiss

Chiropractor, Performance Health Network

“Nothing I was doing was working and I was trapped in a place that I couldn’t get out of. The chair saved my life.”

Seth Laffal

Sr. Systems Lead, Burton

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“If you sit in this chair eight hours a day, you are bound to lose weight.”

Ken Liatsos

Founder, People Making Good PR

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The QOR360 Team

"We're proud to have helped create a movement movement."

Furniture Designer

Karl Doege

Karl has been designing furniture most of his adult life. Not giving much thought to the hazards of sitting until...

Karl has been designing furniture most of his adult life. Not giving much thought to the hazards of sitting until Turner turned him on to the idea that “sitting will kill you,” Karl now figures that solving the “sitting problem” is a challenge worth taking on and is proud to be part of the QOR360 revolution.
Industrial Designer

Erik Cooper

Erik is an Industrial designer, fabricator, and creative problem solver extraordinaire. Following a degree from...

Erik is an Industrial designer, fabricator, and creative problem solver extraordinaire. Following a degree from Pratt Institute, Eric built sets and scenery on Broadway, created architectural metalwork for multiple locations in NYC, and began fabricating high-end, custom-design, Ducati Motorcycles. With years of design and fabrication experience, Erik brings a commitment to merge creativity, manufacturability and beauty for all of QOR360’s products.
Designer

Matt Flego

Matt is an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur whose consuming passion for solving furniture design...

Matt is an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur whose consuming passion for solving furniture design and fabrication problems overshadows his interest in writing more about himself. Trust us, he’s hard at work at QOR360.
Movement & Wellness Educator

Uwe Mester

Uwe Mester has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® (FGNA), educator and kinesthetic consultant...

Uwe Mester has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® (FGNA), educator and kinesthetic consultant for over a decade. Uwe guides people in the awareness of their movement patterns with the goal of increased ease, comfort and grace and he is especially interested in the optimal use of the skeleton in the field of gravity while sitting. Uwe has been a tireless beta tester and his kinesthetic awareness is a guiding force in introducing the eccentric bicylinder to dynamic sitting.
Director of Business Development

Jim Olsen

Jim’s business life started as an eight year old newsboy, and continued in the printing, publishing and marketing...

Jim’s business life started as an eight year old newsboy, and continued in the printing, publishing and marketing industries. He has managed legal publishing companies, printing companies, trade associations and trade shows. As the nation’s leading evangelist for digital printing and marketing, he lectured across North America. Jim is involved in all aspects of our business – including trade shows, direct sales, and business planning.
Brand Manager & Graphic Designer

Gina Brightwell

Gina is a graphic designer and brand manager, working with QOR360 to help spread the word about active sitting...

Gina is a graphic designer and brand manager, working with QOR360 to help spread the word about active sitting and their beautifully designed chairs. With many years of experience in design, marketing, brand management, plus a love for fitness, she is excited to see QOR360’s unique active sitting technology make its way into homes and offices, everywhere!
Marketing Strategist

Chris Dekmar

Chris is a marketing strategist who is eager to show the world how active sitting can improve their life...

Chris is a marketing strategist who is eager to show the world how active sitting can improve their life. He has worked with many e-commerce businesses to improve their SEO / SEM results and onsite shopping experience.
jess delvirginia
Communications Specialist

Jess DelVirginia

Jess is a strategic communications specialist, and focuses on public relations, strategy, and social media for QOR360...

Jess is a strategic communications specialist, and focuses on public relations, strategy, and social media for QOR360. She runs her own firm, Insite Strategy in New York City from the comfort of her Ariel chair.
steve gladstone
Product Development and Sourcing

Steve Gladstone

Steve has spent his career helping consumer brands to design, develop, manufacture and sell their products—turning ideas into real products. He spends his time at QOR360 working with the team to build a better chair and improve the way the world sits.

Steve has spent his career helping consumer brands to design, develop, manufacture and sell their products—turning ideas into real products. He spends his time at QOR360 working with the team to build a better chair and improve the way the world sits.
Taiwanese Representative

Carlos Vergne

Carlos is a Haverford College grad with experience in the Chinese marketing world. He uses his trilingual abilities...

Carlos is a Haverford College grad with experience in the Chinese marketing world. He uses his trilingual abilities to liaison with our manufacturing partners and to bring the idea of active sitting to Taiwan. Currently he is endeavoring to become a master of Chinese Chess, and plays exclusively while sitting on the Ariel.
Tim Peters QOR360
Designer & CNC Master

Tim Peters

Tim has long been interested in design, woodworking, the muscle that a CNC router brings to any production...

Tim has long been interested in design, woodworking, the muscle that a CNC router brings to any production problem. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Tim has been a driving force in figuring out the aspects that turn a good chair design into a great one. Tim’s out of the shop time goes to his sailboat, his hockey habit, and his dog.
Head of Human Wellbeing

Bella Vanta

Bella is the head of our Human Wellbeing Department and makes sure everyone is stress-free and happy.

Bella is the head of our Human Wellbeing Department and makes sure everyone is stress-free and happy. When she isn't hard at work at QOR360 she enjoys chasing squirrels, napping by the fire, and going for runs with our COO.
Human Wellbeing Intern

Suki Kabuki

Suki is learning the ropes from Bella and takes her job very seriously. When she isn't making people smile she is eating anything in sight, including toilet paper on occasion.

Suki is learning the ropes from Bella and takes her job very seriously. When she isn't making people smile she is eating anything in sight, including toilet paper on occasion.

You need one good chair.
We're pretty sure QOR360 is it.

Companies who sit on QOR360 chairs

BOSTON GLOBE

It’s a different kind of chair, invented by a former surgeon.

Former surgeon Turner Osler is trying to save the world from the traditional chair by creating a design that includes a rocking seat that feels more like walking than sitting. -Billy Baker

MEDIUM.COM

Your Office Chair Is Hurting You

But also, forget standing desks. Try ‘active sitting,’ according to a trauma surgeon who wants to cure sitting disease. -Ashley Abramson

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Goodbye, Back Pain? This Office Chair Was Designed by a Trauma Surgeon

For decades, American workers have tried trendy office chairs hoping to alleviate the agony of sitting. Is the new ‘Active Stool’ the one? -Magdalena Puniewska

A healthier future: Active sitting for kids

The ButtOn Chair

Our goal is that active sitting becomes the norm, so we are also working to raise a new generation of active sitters. Humans really are meant to move and kids, in particular, have a lot of energy to burn. So why do we ask kids to sit at a desk all day? Research shows that students who have the opportunity for more movement in the classroom experience an increase in calorie burn and improved test scores.

We've made the CNC router file and hand tool pattern free to everyone. We also partnered with a local Vermont educator to develop a ButtOn Chair lesson plan. Get more information on our project by watching the video below or checking out buttonchairs.org.

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