Simon Dennehy from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin wrote a Ph.D. about ergonomic education furniture, which became the foundation for the design and development of the RAY collection.
RAY is considered a highly innovative collection of educational furniture as it puts focus on contributing to more dynamic educational atmosphere in grade schools to ensure active learning for the students. The goal is to minimize the static positions and make room for movement and dynamic seating.
The key element of the RAY chair is the focus on ergonomics, specifically in the shape of the seat and its features. The chair has been tested in close collaboration with Irish schools, where prototypes have been tried out over longer periods of time. Previous research has revealed the best seating positions and RAY complies with these findings. The material used for RAY chairs contributes to the innovativeness of the chair as it is a new and special plastic material that can endure bending multiple times. The result is a very comfortable lightweight chair that is robust enough for frequent use in schools.
RAY is developed with two legs that resemble a kangaroo’s legs and contribute to an interesting and creative atmosphere in schools. It is also possible to get the RAY chair with a five-legged cross base with wheels.