Form Swallows Function: Design for Ergonomics and Aesthetics in the Application of Human Factors through the Perspective of Anthropometry

Stephen T.F. Poon

Integrated Sustainability & Urban Creativity Centre, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Malaysia

Page 70 – 80   |   Vol. 7 No. 2 2022   |    Available online on 30 Dec 2022


This article considers the application of the principles of ergonomics in examining contemporary furniture design.   The study probes how aesthetics and ergonomics have shifted design thinking from the previous century.   The objective of research is to examine user experience and how these are translated into appeals based on understanding anthropometric values of comfort and functionality.   Some issues of aesthetics will be highlighted through two case studies of chair designs.   The aim is to critique the importance of relationships between aesthetics, ergonomics, and user experience, through assessments of anthropometric values such as comfort and posture, against visual characteristics.   Findings indicate that chair design solutions must prioritise ergonomics in achieving the goals of commercial design.   This should not mean sacrificing aesthetics, but an integrated approach that applies human-centred design principles whereby consumer perceptions of design comfort are as important as visual aesthetics.


Aesthetics, Anthropometrics, Ergonomics, Furniture Design, User Experience

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