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i got me a rockin Haworth Zody chair!

back when i was in NY, i entered an architecture competition w/ some coworkers. it was a ‘young architects’ competition (5yrs of work or less) sponsored by the NY chapter of USGBC. USGBC maintains the LEED system, the prevelant method in the US for rating green buildings. the program for the competiton was to create an education and nature center for soundview park in the bronx, a new park developing over the remains of a former landfill. our team was called gangGREEN. haha. we came in 2nd-place.

our design was pretty wild.  it looked a bit like an ameoba, w/ an undulating roof shaped by the program beneath it. of course, as w/ any design, it could have been vastly improved by more time in the design stage. we had a double skin, semi-moveable, based on a pentagon-module. different triangles w/in the pentagon served different functional purposes based on the requirements of the space below (it was basically a roofing system). some triangles titled up to capture solar energy, others tilted up to open or close in order to provide ventilation, others served as locations for green roofing. there was a large circular berm on site (~100′ diamter), but we have no idea where it came from. we left it in place and butted our building against it. the berm became the path for a new hike/bike trail through the park.  we also had a living machine (basically a system using a series of plantings to clean waste water) w/in the building itself.  that was actually a really cool component, as it was built around some of the columns, which drained rainwater from the roof through a central funnel in the column to a holding tank which slowly infused the first stage tank of the living machine.

our prize for second place was $500 (split 5 ways) and a Haworth Zody chair. the Haworth rep ended up getting us all Zody chairs, and mine just arrived today! this is soooo awesome! the Zody chair is certified Cradle-to-Cradle, a green certification from MBDC (a firm started by Bill McDonough, green architecture posterchild). Cradle-to-Cradle means that an item can be fully disassembled and recycled (either conventional recycling or reused) at the end of it’s life. parts of the Zody chair are brand new, though they can be recycled, and other parts have recycled content. so at the end of my chair’s life, Haworth will take it back and turn it into something else. this chair is going for $600 new on eBay, so not a bad win! 🙂

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  1. August 25, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    I’m glad you were able to win the chair because buying it is not easy. The chair design seems great, but the Haworth website is all form with zero function (unless you consider endless Flash movies and Flash Paper to be function). I checked out all of the authorized dealers and found that most had the same crappy Flash-filled catalog, coupled with broken links, no product information (save for the press release). The architect should heal thy own website and dealer program if he intends to sell more chairs. Otherwise, I guess we’ll have to be contented with the pretty pictures and order a Herman Miller chair instead.

  2. September 29, 2006 at 8:47 am

    yeah, the haworth website is not the best, but i also don’t believe the chair is generally up for individual sale. it’s an office chair, and therefore mostly available for bulk order when outfitting an office. of course, that’s not to say that you can’t buy one on your own, you’ll just need to go through a dealer (which is linked at the top of their page).

  3. bobberino
    March 7, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I looked into this a bit and found that Sit4Less.com sells them individually to consumers.

  4. November 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I LOVE my Zody, spending about 10 hours a day in it. I DO NOT like Haworth (the parent company) as they do not honor their warranty unless it is purchased through a dealer. Of course I did not find out that my chair (purchased on ebay) has no warranty until the gas cylinder that adjusts height went bad. Their response was no response at all, and my local dealer is not overly helpful. If you want a good deal buy from “sit-4-less.” They are authorized and offer good prices.

  5. November 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    we have different office chairs in the office and i love to use those office chairs with clothe cover ~–

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