STROMAN DESIGN | ( FORM X FUNCTION )™ is a multidiscipline design studio now developing innovative ergonomic products that prioritize the health and wellbeing of users within the space of human-computer interaction. The studio’s design approach is based on their ( FORM X FUNCTION ) principle. This approach is credited with producing award winning products that have minimal material & fabrication requirements but maintain a high degree of healthy modern functionality.

Prior to earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree, the studio’s founder, Thomas Stroman, required back surgery to address a severely ruptured disc. Though the surgery was a success, his degree required extensive display-centered computer interaction with few options for healthy ergonomic postures.  Knowing these demands would only increase professionally, he began to contemplate an innovative approach to ergonomic task seating centered not on the display interface, but on a Neutral Body Posture.  It is reflected throughout the studio’s award-winning and now patented ergonomic product introduction, the CHOTTO ™, and represents a uniquely human-centered design approach that puts the body in close proximity to a Neutral Body Posture. This is a posture that the body naturally assumes when it is free from all physical and gravitational forces.  ( NASA ) This posture, along with the unique geometry, headrest and flexible seating surface of the CHOTTO, effectively reverses compression throughout the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine while maintaining ideal visual and physical accessibility to digital tools & displays.  

CHOTTO : ( chair + ottoman ) The primary objective of the CHOTTO is to minimize the physiological consequences of sitting by reducing muscle tension, reversing skeletal compression and increasing blood circulation.  Simply stated, it is to achieve a healthy way of sitting.  In pursuit of this objective, the CHOTTO features a unique weight-displacing recumbent seating position and a multi-layer cushioning system that is comprised of an entirely flexible, pre-tensioned and cushioned seating surface. This cushioning system dynamically adapts to each occupant’s weight, shape and movement.  A cushioned headrest that can be adjusted in up to 100 unique positions provides additional support for the head and neck.

Options:  An optional footrest elevates the legs and feet while an immediately mobile, nested and freely rotating Task Tray™ ( specific to the CHOTTO ) provides a universal surface for eating, reading, writing, or digital interaction.  This same tray can be repositioned within the optional rear support brackets for use with the pivoting display interface / standup desk ( PDI ).  The PDI is based on design research that favors a human-centered interface that literally revolves around the seated, tension-free and fully supported user.  If paired with a laptop, the PDI can also be used as a dual-screen interface in both the seated or standing position.  With the PDI in the default standup desk position, the CHOTTO simultaneously accommodates both a standing and seated user – all within a small 15 s.f. foot print.  Internally, the CHOTTO features enough space for large storage drawers that can be accessed from multiple angles and from both the seated and standing positions.

We believe the CHOTTO adheres to our founding ( FORM X FUNCTION ) principle and reflects a more considered approach to ergonomic design that prioritizes and achieves an unprecedented level of ergonomic comfort. Just imagine what it could do for your productivity and quality of life.

The CHOTTO was introduced in 2016 at the ICFF and Northside Festival Innovation Expo.


" With the introduction of the Chotto, it is my hope that anyone who, by choice or physical condition, must sit

for extended periods of time can now minimize the physiological impacts of sitting while improving their

quality of life with extended comfort and productivity. "                                                                       

" The Chotto is designed to displace the weight of your physical world so your digital worlds can be

accessed with greater comfort and productivity. " 

                                      Thomas Stroman , Founder

                                      STROMAN DESIGN