Ikaria Design Company (formerly Health By Design) is a small family owned and operated business located in Columbia, Missouri that designs and builds handcrafted furniture for folks that want to stay active as they work.

Designer and founder, Pack Matthews, was frustrated with how conventional ergonomic chairs left him in pain and offered no options for changing position while working at the computer. Collaborating with friends, a physical therapist, yoga instructors, fine woodworkers, and industrial engineers, Pack developed Ikaria Design’s first product, the Soul Seat. The solution Pack devised is so innovative, you’ll find it registered with the US Patent Office. After using his Soul Seat for a few months, Pack found he was more comfortable sitting on the floor and adding poses to his yoga practice that had eluded him for years.

By stretching and strengthening throughout the day, the challenges of balancing work, family, and caring for yourself become simpler. While sitting on your Soul Seat, tap into pockets of energy through breathing, stretching, and knowing you are caring for your body.

The products offered at Ikaria Design Company are handcrafted from renewable materials wherever possible. In each new design, we strive to increase the percentage of low impact parts. Our metal fabricators utilize 80% recycled steel for the core of the Soul Seat, and because the production of the Soul Seat is centrally located in the Midwest, the largest portion of the Seat's carbon footprint from shipping is reduced.

Standard Soul Seat upholstery is 100% Polyurethane from Ultrafabrics Primera® line. Primera® offers classic leather styling with a soft feel. Ultrafabrics is committed to developing fabric using efficient manufacturing processes, based on conservation of raw materials, toxic-free solutions, and with minimal dependency on natural resources.

We also offer Soul Seats upholstered in Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool. This wool is Cradle to Cradle Certified by MBDC. Their goal is to manufacture wool in a way that leaves the smallest possible footprint on the earth.



Customers have reported an increase in focus and energy leading to better productivity, decreased lower back pain and muscle stiffness, strengthened core muscles, and increased flexibility from using a Soul Seat regularly.

With no arms or back to inhibit your movement, you can keep your focus on your work as you transition between a variety of healthy sitting positions.

When sitting in "hero's pose" or kneeling on the Soul Seat, most of the weight is borne by the sits bones and pelvis. The Soul Seat tilts the pelvis forward into neutral position, and allows the femur to rotate through its entire range of motion as you change into various positions throughout the workday. The hip flexors can be engaged and relaxed, strengthened and stretched throughout the day, taking pressure off of knees and ankles.


Watch the video below to see the Soul Seat and Flow Desk working together in tandem!