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Royal Festival Hall, London, 20 May 2008

The Innovation Edge, NESTA's flagship conference, brought together leading academic, political and industry experts to consider the latest developments in innovation. Speakers included Bob Geldof, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the Web) and Juliet Davenport (CEO of renewable electricity supplier Good Energy).

Alongside the conference programme, [re]design presented Sitting Comfortably? – a selection of seats to offer pause for thought. Located in the wings of the Royal Festival Hall ballroom area, the featured seats showed a wide range of innovative approaches to sustainable design. Starting from the same belief that design can help create a better world, the diversity of outcomes challenged expectations of what sustainable design might look like.

Designed to inspire, the exhibition also provided conference participants with a “little green book” to record their observations, annoyances, discomforts, brilliant ideas, problems and solutions.

Sitting Comfortably? was based on the recognition that being uncomfortable isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it's one of the greatest drivers of innovation. We've all got things we know we could do better – for ourselves, for others, for the world.

On the other hand, inspiration often requires relaxation – and a well-designed seat always helps. It’s good to take a breather, mull things over, dream, wonder and ask “what if…?”

Sitting Comfortably? asked visitors to imagine – with the quest for sustainable seating inspiring such wide-ranging innovation, what could you achieve if you sat and thought for a while?

For more on sustainable seating design check out the SIT UP book...

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Exhibitors:

Aaron Moore
– Alt Chair
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Blue Marmalade – IB Pop
Claire Danthois – Once A Door
Cohda – RD4S
David Colwell – C10 Springback Chair
David Stovell – Sunday Papers
Giles Miller – Ex-Box Chair
Harry Gooby – Sicerea
Lou Rota – Poly-Morph
Odd Products – iF-DC
Orangebox – Joy
Reestore – Annie and Gordon
Ryan Frank – Bourke's Luck
Ryuichi Tabu – Your Stool 2
WEmake – Street Sofa and Tetris

Sitting Comfortably? seat outlines