This vaguely cartoonish mushroom-looking chair is a fun update on the balance ball chair. Plenty of people use balance balls – also known as yoga balls – as chairs to keep their muscles engaged throughout the day and to improve circulation as they sit at their desks.
Ballo is an “active” chair that looks a little less silly than sitting on a big rubber ball in your office. The stool weighs in at a light 13.5 pounds to make for simple moving around as you go from desk to meeting room and back. Hidden handles just under the top dome give you a handy grip on the seat while you’re carrying it.
The bottom of the stool is curved to keep you from simply resting all of your body weight on the seat. To stay upright you have to use your core and leg muscles, a practice known as “active sitting.”
The top of the Ballo is also curved and the firmness of the dome is adjustable so you can customize the sitting surface to your liking. A counterweight in the bottom dome keeps the Ballo from falling over when you aren’t sitting on it. Users up to 300 pounds can enjoy the health benefits of active sitting on the balance ball-inspired stool.
Made from eco-friendly materials, the Ballo is a more playful approach to an already rather playful seating solution. Designer Don Chadwick‘s goal was to create a fun and health-promoting product that would fit into just about any environment.
“Ballo is designer Don Chadwick’s vision of what a multipurpose stool should be—fun, engaging and perfect for short-term, active sitting in the home or office. With a compact central column and lightweight air-filled domes, Ballo is an imaginative take on traditional ball chairs, supporting flexibility and freedom of movement. Available in a variety of vibrant colors, Ballo has a dynamic nature that allows it to integrate into a wide range of environments. “
“Studies show that comfortable employees are happier and more productive. In the modern workplace, the ability to move is increasingly important for overall comfort and well-being. Ballo makes movement effortless, while its lightweight design makes it easy to transport for spontaneous use. “