The Dauphin HumanDesign Group recently commented on being awarded the tender for the soon to be completed Alexander Forbes building in central Sandton by Paragon Architects.
Why was Dauphin awarded the tender – what did their chairs have that got them the tender over their competitors and what criteria did they have to meet so as to get the tender?
Dauphin was awarded the Alexander Forbes tender because it met all of the client’s key criteria by offering chairs of the highest ergonomic standard and quality. The Dat-O fully upholstered chair was chosen by the company as it can accommodate close to 99 percent of users and because of its unique ergonomic features. This is the first chair in South Africa to be certified by the Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA) and has a groundbreaking Delta-Synchron Mechanism – a globally acknowledged advance in office seating which allows for a four degree negative seat tilt which is ideal as it allows the position of the pelvis, when sitting, to be similar to its position when standing and this helps to minimise strain on the user’s spinal column. This posture also allows room for the lungs to expand to full capacity, which allows oxygen to flow freely to our brains. A further important aspect to this adjustability is that users are able to continually adjust the position that they are sitting in, which is imperative from an ergonomics perspective as it changes the muscles responsible for maintaining the static sitting posture. The Dat-O chair was extremely well received by the client and whilst its mechanism is imported all upholstery and assembly is done locally making this chair of an international quality standard but still affordable.
The Lordo Visitors and Lordo Conference chairs were chosen by Alexander Forbes for their meeting rooms and boardrooms and are attractive in design yet highly functional too. The Lordo chairs feature a transparent, pressure-regulating elastic fabric, which is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable and whilst eye-catching on their own highly compliment that of the Dat-O chair. The transparent airy look of the back is made of polyester and has lycra threads especially woven into it, which gives this chair a stylish and modern look and feel.
Were there any other considerations Dauphin had to factor in – ergonomic, space etc.
Dauphin was able to put forward for tender chairs that not only met the client’s overall expectations but were also sound on quality, ergonomics and price. The award winning Dat-O chair was extremely well received in that it could accommodate all user’s needs and also be adjusted based on each individual’s requirements. Since Dauphin are leaders in the ergonomic field within the office industry, the clients could be assured of chairs meeting the highest of quality and standard whilst still being affordable.
Were the chairs used in the installation custom made or out of Dauphin’s catalogue?
The Operators chair (i.e. the Dat-O) forms part of the standard Dauphin Dat- O range and for this project were custom made in terms of the arm type, the base type and the fabric type.
The Lordo Conference and Visitors chair are also part of a standard range and the finishes were chosen by the client.
Dauphin offers clients the ability to custom make their chairs by choosing their preferred fabric, arm types and base type which is then made up accordingly. By working with each client directly on a project, clients never have to choose from a catalogue therefore allowing for a great deal of choice in custom making their chosen office chairs.
Is there any other information you think relevant with regards to this project?
Dauphin HumanDesign Group is a highly reputable company that has been in existence within South Africa for over 16 years. Its previous focus over the years has been primarily that of office furniture, however, with their recently launched HOME range now in South Africa, Dauphin is fast becoming known within décor and design circles – offering award winning contemporary and modern furniture suitable for all areas of both home and office.
For more information, visit www.dauphin-group.com or www.dauphin.co.za