tim brennan founder of vivobarefoot shoes

“Turner Osler’s Sit Better is a must-read. He describes clearly the evolution of chairs and their devastating impacts on our health, and looks towards a possible future where furniture can help us overcome back pain. This is a much-needed book that sets the record straight on ergonomics.”

Tim Brennan, founding inventor of Vivobarefoot shoes

If lumbar support worked, why do we still have back pain from sitting?

So how does it happen that Tim Brennan, the inventor of barefoot shoes is reading my book about sitting? Well here’s the back story:

Almost 20 years ago Tim Brennan and his father Rick had the idea that shoes should get out of the way and let your feet express their naturally perfect form and function. “Barefoot” shoes sprang from this insight, and today a lot of people are grateful that Tim and his dad pursued their idea so we can all have stronger, healthier feet. The insight the “less is more” applies in a number of disciplines, of course, but it seems especially relevant to designing the way we interact with the world.

I was delighted when Tim and his dad found our QOR360 chair project on LinkedIn, because I’m a big fan of barefoot shoes; I discovered barefoot shoes about 5 years ago, and they’re about the only shoes I’ve worn since. I was even more delighted when it turned out that both Tim and his dad love our Ariel chair.

Delighted, but in retrospect, not really surprised. Because, really, our minimalist chairs are just “the barefoot shoe of office chairs”, providing just what’s essential and nothing else, so your naturally perfect anatomy can support you as evolution intended. We think our chairs are the best solution when folks for some reason have to be sitting, just as barefoot shoes are the best solution when folks for some reason need to be wearing shoes.

There are many reasons to switch to a QOR360 chair. Here are three.

MD Designed

With decades of experience as a physician and researcher, Dr. Osler’s quest for a healthier way to sit led him to develop a better chair.

Built for Movement

Staying active is staying healthy. Stay in motion and reduce negative health effects caused by prolonged periods of static sitting.

Try for 60 days

Enjoy a 60 day trial period to fully experience our chairs. If active sitting isn’t for you, just send us back the chair for a full refund – completely hassle-free.

Maybe it's time to think differently about what you are sitting on for hours every day.

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REDROCKER®

TECHNOLOGY

Using our patented mechanism we call RedRocker™ Technology, QOR360 chairs move effortlessly in all directions, allowing you to stay in motion.

We want to help you

sit better.

Once you have your QOR360 chair, schedule a free postural consultation with our in-house spine expert, Uwe Mester. Uwe has helped people find pain-free sitting for over a decade. His thoughtful approach has helped thousands of people.

Trapped in an "ergonomic" office chair?

Download Dr. Osler's "Sit Better" and learn how to sit actively on an 'ergonomic' chair designed for passive sitting.

We are onto something...

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

From the moment I sat in it, they couldn't get me out.

Seth Laffal, Senior Systems Lead for Burton was trapped in his “ergonomic” office chair. Hear what he has to say about his experience switching to our Ariel chair.

Seth Laffal

Sr. Systems Lead, Burton

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MD DESIGNED

Meet Dr. Turner Osler

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.

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