"You often sat there at home, staring at the screen, not really paying attention, not looking at the clock. My parents and big brother did a lot of their work at home. But not out back, in the stall. In the kitchen, at the dinner table, where the laptops would be flipped open right after a meal. Or in bed, where the computer would rest on a serving tray. At the time, I really liked it, the way the work place could change depending upon your mood. Today, when I walk through my store looking at the modular furniture – of which we probably have the best selection in the world – I now know that something was always missing," whispers Susanne emphatically into the recorder. She leans back in her multi-purpose chair and confides: "It was the neglected, or even absent physical component. Those eternal, post-industrial laptop marathons seemed to me to be like old-fashioned manual work on conveyor belts, where only one single part of the body is in constant use."

However, that wasn’t the only reason why Susanne was always eager to take sports classes. It was en vogue to be in shape; everyone wanted to have rippling abs. The exercises had a meditative aspect, which came with repeating certain movements, and so for Susanne, her daily workout became a kind of trance. Bit by bit, sweating on the wall bars, she pushed her blood pressure to unimaginable heights. She loved these moments. She felt strong, able to endure, could think clearly. In the same way that other people can’t concentrate without listening to music, Susanne needed her workout to collect herself. She was able to gather her thoughts, and in this condition, could imagine the wildest things. In these moments, she loved to invent furniture. Pieces that could be broken up into individual elements. These single elements, however, were not just part of a building block kit. Using them, you could put together various kinds of furniture. Not only was it important that the individual elements be multi-purpose themselves, but the whole thing had to be multi-purpose, too. For instance, a closet could be a desk and then a bed. But most important of all, the object could be used as a workout machine in any position.

Later, she invented a construction that allowed you to work out while working. Susanne imagined cockpits, which looked liked individual spaceships on the Enterprise and at the same time resembled home trainers. While sitting at a computerized workplace with multiple monitors and keyboards, you would be able to pedal a bike at any moment. She considered the digital trainer to be one of her most imaginative ideas: a pre-programmed timer with a personalized training program, which used an online-databank to numerically compare her own training results with those of others. Later, after successfully completing her degree at the BSZ and doing an internship abroad, she spent a long time making potential prototypes out of more than just her own personal wishes. She turned the visions she had had during her workouts into business plans. On the lookout for a niche, it occurred to her that perhaps not everyone thought about movement at work, but would nonetheless like to lose a few pounds and beef up their muscles during the workday. That led to an office chair with integrated Tone Master Digital, which created a series of modulated impulses that were carried to the muscles via ten conductors. While doing any type of mental work, these impulses, simulating a normal athletic movement with efficient and pleasant muscle contractions, were then repeated, practically unnoticed. Susanne is proud of what is most likely the most modern piece of furniture in her store on the market square in Tamsweg. She prefers to sit in it herself and invent new prototypes.