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세계 최대 가전 전시회인 CES에서 2019년을 시작으로 올해도 각국의 관람객에게 극찬과 호평을 받으며 업계의 주목을 받아온 미국의 가구회사인 Furniture For Life(이하 FFL)그룹의 초프리미엄 ‘오코(OHCO) 안마의자’가 유럽과 동시에 한국에서도 드디어 본격적인 출격을 시작한다.

한국총괄법인 케어인(주)(대표 조준석)은 초프리미엄 라인업 M.8시리즈를 지난 11월부터 1월까지 3개월간의 예약판매를 성황리에 마무리하고, 2월부터 국내에 본격적인 판매를 시작한다고 밝혔다. 공식채널로는 신세계백화점 강남점, 경기점, 센텀시티점, 대구점 등을 포함한 백화점 주요매장과 공식 제휴된 한정 매장에서 판매를 하게 된다.

FFL그룹과 한국총괄법인이 작년 6월에 MOU를 체결한 걸 감안할 때 비교적 오랜 시간 준비한 독일, 러시아, 영국 등 주요 유럽 국가와의 론칭 시기를 서둘러 맞춘 것은 미국의 FFL그룹이 한국시장을 세계 최고 수준의 초프리미엄 가전 시장으로 인식, 아시아에서도 한국을 최우선적으로 중요하게 생각하고 있다는 것을 증명한 것이다. FFL그룹은 올해 상반기 최고 상위 모델인 M.8의 라인업에 집중한 후 추가로 프리미엄 라인업을 한국에 선보일 계획이라고 밝혔다.

 

미국 FFL그룹과 오코 안마의자의 탄생
오코 안마의자를 탄생시킨 FFL그룹은 기능성 가구의 전문가로 알려진 ‘클리프 레빈’이 설립한 회사로, 현재 생활가구 및 프리미엄 안마의자 분야에서 미국의 최대 규모의 프리미엄 유통채널과 오코(OHCO), 포지티브 포스쳐(Positive Posture) 등의 다양한 브랜드를 보유한 전문 기업이다. 미국내 10,000달러 이상의 프리미엄 안마의자로서는 년간 2만대 이상의 판매고를 올리는 유일한 회사로 알려져 있다.

이러한 업계 위상과 인프라를 토대로 2017년부터 미국 바이오산업의 거점인 콜로라도 볼더에 안마의자 연구센터를 설립, 일본 및 아시아 시장에 국한된 문화상품인 안마의자의 세계화와 고급화에 공을 들여왔다.

이를 위해 미국 현지의 최고 커리어를 보유한 소프트웨어 엔지니어들을 채용하고, 각 분야의 세계 권위자들과의 컨소시엄을 통해 초프리미엄 안마의자의 개발에 박차를 가한 결과 2019년 미국 현지에서 오코 안마의자를 론칭하며 업계의 주목을 받고 있다.

 

세계 최고의 디자인과 기술을 담다
FFL그룹의 CEO인 ‘클리프 레빈’은 CES에서 많은 언론과의 인터뷰에서 오코 안마의자는 세계 최고의 제품임을 강조했고, 그가 최고를 자부하는 데는 최고의 전문가들이 모여서 만들었고 검증했기 때문이라고 밝혔다.

실제로 오코 안마의자는 이색적인 구조에도 불구하고 안정감 있는 디자인이 높게 평가되고 있는데, ‘엔초 페라리’의 디자이너로 잘 알려진 세계 최고의 산업 디자이너인 ‘켄 오쿠야마’가 기획하고 디자인을 했다.

켄 오쿠야마는 페라리, 포르쉐, 마세라티의 세계 유수의 슈퍼카는 물론, 일본의 신칸센을 디자인한 스피드의 디자인으로 유명하다. 현재 세계 각지에서 유수의 브랜드와 콜라보를 통해 자동차, 가구, 안경 등의 켄오쿠야마 콜렉션은 유사 제품의 시중 가격보다 10배 이상의 프리미엄을 자랑하기도 한다.

최고 실력을 자랑하는 디자이너의 철학을 통해 하드웨어 플랫폼으로 탄생된 오코 안마의자의 마사지 동작과 프로그램 구성은 일본 지압 마사지의 거장인 ‘오카바야시’가 맡았다.

일본에서 최고 권위의 시아츄 마사지를 구현하며 전국 각지에 본인의 마사지 센터와 트레이닝 센터를 운영하고 있다. 킥복싱 일본 챔피언 출신의 특이한 이력도 보유한 그는 신체 경맥의 압력을 통해 심신의 조화를 만들어 내는 것이 가장 중요하다고 말한다.

이러한 오카바야시가 그만의 마사지 노하우를 안마의자 동작에 반영하기 위해 미국 FFL 연구센터의 최고 실력의 소프트웨어 엔지니어들을 진두지휘하며 오코 특유의 마사지 프로그램으로서 안마의자에 실현한 것이다.

한편, 오코 안마의자의 생산은 FFL과 일본을 대표하는 건강기기 생산 전문기업인 ‘아텍스(ATEX)’가 손잡고 키타큐슈의 후쿠오카 공장에서 이루어지고 있다. 아텍스는 건강 기능성 제품의 20년 이상의 생산 노하우를 통해 정밀한 초프리미엄 안마의자를 FFL과 함께 탄생시킨 것이다.

안마의자 브랜드의 90%이상이 중국 공장에서 생산되는 현재의 시장 환경을 생각하면 ‘USA BRAND’와 ‘MADE IN JAPAN’이라는 오코 안마의자의 절묘한 콤비네이션은 모든 부문에서 최고 가치와 프리미엄을 실현하겠다는 FFL그룹의 의지를 잘 보여준다.

 

미국을 넘어 세계에서 인정받다
FFL그룹은 2019년 북미시장 론칭에 앞서 라스베이거스에서 열리는 세계 최대 가전전시회인 CES에 오코 안마의자 M.8라인업을 ‘드림웨이브’라는 컨셉명으로 출전하였다. 결과는 대성공이었다. 제품의 혁신성을 종합 평가해 각 부문별로 수상하는 ‘혁신상(Innovation Awards)’을 수상하였으며, 미국을 포함한 전 세계 언론에 안마의자 브랜드 중 이목을 집중시킨 브랜드로 소개됐다.

이를 계기로 북미는 물론 유럽, 호주, 아프리카 등의 주요 국가들과 수출을 성사시키는 결과를 만들게 되었다. 올해 1월 CES 2020에서도 안마의자 중에 최대 규모로 출전, 작년보다 괄목한 업계의 주목을 이끌어 내는데 성공했다.

또한 2019년 7월에는 EU의회가 후원하는 유럽 최대 제품디자인 어워드인  ‘EPDA(European Product Design Award)’에서 최고 권위인 ‘플래티넘(Platinum)’을 수상하는 기염을 토했다.

이로써 전 세계적으로 최고 수준의 제품 혁신성과 제품 디자인으로 인정을 받게 된 것이다. FFL의 클리프 레빈 CEO는 한 언론에서 ‘안마의자도 이제 동서양을 막론하고 사용자의 생활환경과 함께 각 부문의 조화를 이끌어내는 최고 수준의 오코 안마의자를 통해서 본격적인 프리미엄 시장으로의 개막을 알리게 된 것입니다.’라고 그 소감을 밝혔다.

최근엔 롤스로이스, 마이바흐와 함께 세계 3대 명차로 손꼽히는 벤틀리가 사용자들의 삶의 질을 개선시키기 위해 최고의 걸작들을 소개하기 위해 발간하는 연감 ‘Exploring the Extraordinary’에서도 오코 안마의자의 M.8시리즈를 선정, 소개하기도 했다.

한편, FFL은 미국내 최고급 상품들에 관심이 많은 할리우드 및 스포츠 스타들의 오코 안마의자 구매와 문의도 쇄도하고 있다며 그 자신감을 보이기도 했다.

 

글로벌 10여개국 발매 시작
현재 오코 안마의자는 미국을 시작으로 캐나다, 멕시코 등의 북남미 지구과 영국, 독일, 러시아, 터키 등의 유럽 지구, 한국, 중국, 일본, 베트남, 호주 등의 아시아/오세아니아 지구, 남아프리카공화국, 레위니옹 등의 아프리카 지구 등으로 구분하여 세계 주요국가에 진출을 완료 또는 발매 진행 중에 있다.

독일과 호주에서는 현재 초기부터 센세이션을 일으키며 세계에서 가장 많은 선예약 판매량을 기록하였으며, 일본에서는 전국에 최고급 가구 전문매장을 운영하는 모기업이 나서 일부 매장에서 제한된 VIP고객들에게만 전략적으로 한정 판매한다고 밝히기도 했다.

FFL그룹의 한 관계자는 본사에서는 미국을 제외하면 한국을 해외국가 중 잠정적으로 가장 큰 시장으로 판단하고 있으며, 향후 한국총괄법인과의 공동 마케팅 전략 수립과 지원을 통해 한국에서도 최고급 안마의자 브랜드로서 성공을 자신하고 있다고 밝혔다.

 

한국의 초프리미엄 시장 개척나서
오코는 이번 M.8시리즈를 통해 기존 최고급 모델로 인정받던 파나소닉, 이나다훼미리 등의 일본 안마의자 브랜드를 뛰어넘는 ‘초프리미엄’ 지향하며 그 시장을 스스로 개척, 안마의자 시장에서 확실하게 프리미엄 브랜드로 자리 잡겠다는 전략이다.

실제로 시리즈의 전세계 가격이 M.8이 12,000달러, M.8LE가 15,000달러이다. 한화로 계산하면 부가세 포함 1,500만원이 넘는 가격이다. 프로모션 등으로 할인이 적용된다 하더라도 1,000만원이 넘을 것으로 보여진다. 이는 비교적 신규 브랜드에 속하는 오코가 기존 국내외 유명 브랜드들 제치고 최고가 가격대로 책정되어 있는 것이다.

실제적으로 미국과 일본, 유럽의 경우에도 가전시장은 프리미엄 제품에 대한 선호도가 높아지고 있기 때문에 그에 버금가는 한국시장을 살펴볼 때 충분히 시장은 존재한다고 판단, 상반기 내에 성공적으로 안착시키겠다는 것이 FFL그룹의 의지이다.

한국총괄법인 케어인(주)의 조준석 대표는 “압도적인 성능과 정제된 디자인을 갖춘 오코의 M.8시리즈를 앞세워 프리미엄을 추구하는 한국 고객들의 마음을 사로잡을 것”이라고 자신하며, “오코 안마의자는 제품 외에도 업계 최단기간 전국 무상 배송설치, 업계 최장의 5년 무상보증 서비스 등을 포함해 고객의 기대를 뛰어 넘는 서비스로 한국 내 프리미엄 안마의자 시장의 성장을 주도할 계획이다.”라고 밝혔다.

 

막강한 첫 번째 라인업 M.8 시리즈… 새지평 연다
오코의 M.8시리즈 안마의자는 대다수의 중국산 브랜드는 물론 일본 브랜드들과 비교해도 확연히 차별화되는 구조와 기능으로 CES에서도 호평을 받으면서 론칭 전부터 업계 관계자들의 기대감을 한층 상승시켰다. 또한 FFL의 클리프 레빈 CEO가 CES 2020에서 언론들과의 인터뷰를 통해 오코 안마의자의 경쟁상대로 안마의자가 아닌 최고급 가구 브랜드들을 꼽은 점도 최고의 스펙과 새로운 기능을 통해 시장을 선도하고 가구에 버금가는 생활용품 인정받을 수 있다는 FFL의 자신감을 엿볼 수 있는 대목이다.

▷ 리어 스윙도어 = 업계 최초 유일의 좌우 양쪽으로 개폐되는 스윙도어를 장착해 허리에 부담을 주지 않고 자동차에 올라타듯 간단하게 안마의자에 앉을 수 있다. 슈퍼카 디자이너인 켄 오쿠야마의 화려한 이력과 사용 환경 자체를 바꾼다는 브랜드 정신을 엿볼 수 있는 부분이다.

▷ 맥스트랙 = 오코의 독자적인 기술로 탄생한 맥스트랙은 등부, 시트부, 다리부까지 연결되는 메인 프레임을 완전히 독립적으로 제어시켜 모든 각도와 포지션을 자유자재로 구현하는 SL형 타입의 4D마사지를 실현하는 구조로, 개발 전부터 각별히 공을 들이고 많은 투자를 통해 탄생한 기술이다. 관계자는 자동차로 비교하면 2륜과 4륜처럼 오코의 맥스트랙도 마사지 과정 중 확연하게 구현 동작과 효과에서 그 차이를 보인다고 말했다.

▷ 델타웨이브 4D엔진 = M.8은 직관적이고 실제와 같은 마사지를 제공하기 위해 전문 마사지사의 동작, 속도, 강도 등의 복잡하고 불규칙적인 다양한 알고리즘을 수립하여 델타웨이브라고 명칭, 첨단의 메인 마사지 엔진을 통해 오리지널 4D마사지를 재현한다.

▷ 목어깨 전용 헤드레스트 = M.8의 독자적인 헤드레스트는 내부에 별도의 에어시스템은 물론 목 전용 롤러까지 탑재되어, 목과 어깨의 스트레칭 운동과 견인 마사지에 최적의 구조와 통합 세션을 갖고 있다.

▷ 다리 트위스트 펌핑 마사지 = 종아리를 에어로 압박하면서 롤러로 지압하는 동시에 고난도의 주무르는 액션을 구현해 냈다. 다리 펌핑 운동의 효과를 기대할 수 있다.

▷ 12개의 에어셀 암레스트 = 양팔의 에어셀을 과감히 12개의 에어셀로 분리시키고 각각 독립적으로 제어하며 다양한 순서대로 마사지를 구현한다.

▷ 멀티 마사지 포지셔닝 = 무중력(Zero-G)자세, 수평(Lie Flat)자세, 반전(Inversion)자세를 리클라이닝 시스템을 통해 모두 최적으로 구현할 수 있다.

▷ 등부 온열 롤러, 발바닥 롤러, 전신 에어마사지, 전신 분리 온열

▷ 전방 슬라이딩 리클라이닝, M-센스 조명

▷ 음이온 발생기 & 백색소음기 탑재, 아로마 디퓨저 탑재, 블루투스 스피커 장착

▷ 10개 국어 다국어지원 리모컨, 크로모서로피 색채기법 재현, USB 충전포트(2Ports)

한편, M.8시리즈는 M.8과 M.8LE(Limited Edition)으로 나뉘어 출시되었는데 M.8LE 모델은 최고급 천연 소가죽과 울트라 스웨이드 가죽을 채택하였고, 제품을 휘감는 휠과 고유의 엠블럼에 로즈골드 컬러의 특수 크롬코팅을 채택해 디자인적인 품격을 높였다. 또한 M.8LE 모델은 전세계적으로 2,000대를 한정시켜 생산되는 한정모델로 기획되었고, 각각의 고유번호가 새겨진 오리지널 증명서가 첨부되어 진다.

M.8의 색상은 아이보리, 와인 컬러 등 5종이고, 주문 후 수일내 배송설치가 완료된다. 한정모델인 M.8LE는 레드, 오렌지 컬러 등 3종이고 선주문후 생산에 들어가는 프리오더(Pre-order)방식을 채택하고 있다.

한편, 한국총괄법인인 케어인(주)은 2월부터 출시기념으로 5년 무상서비스, 사은품 등 다양한 서비스와 혜택 제공이 이루어진다고 밝혔다.

Source: AVING.com http://bit.ly/2SKkxtZ

Ringard le fauteuil massant ? Plus maintenant qu’il s’est refait une beauté et que la priorité est au lâcher-prise. Nos conseils pour choisir le bon modèle.

Un fauteuil massant, comment ça fonctionne ?
Le but du fauteuil massant : nous faire profiter d’un véritable moment de détente à domicile. Venu du Japon et inspiré des techniques de massages manuels, il a été créé pour soulager la fatigue, dissoudre le stress et améliorer la circulation sanguine. Grâce à un système électrique de rouleaux et de boules rotatives, il détend toutes les parties du corps (nuque, dos, lombaires, jambes, pieds…), de façon globale ou ciblée selon les programmes.

Comme à la carte d’un spa, un fauteuil de massage peut reproduire plusieurs techniques de massage : le shiatsu, le pétrissage, les tapotements, les vibrations, la réflexologie… Il peut aussi être chauffant pour maximiser la relaxation et le confort. A vous de choisir le modèle qui vous convient le mieux !

Dans quelle pièce de la maison ?
S’il s’intègre parfaitement dans un salon ou dans un bureau, le fauteuil massant s’installe surtout là où il y a de la place. Car une fois la séance de relaxation lancée (entre 15 et 20 minutes), le dossier s’incline en position allongée et le repose-pieds se relève pour favoriser la détente. Il est donc essentiel de bien vérifier ses dimensions pour être sûr d’avoir suffisamment d’espace dans la pièce. Autre chose : le fauteuil massant doit être assez long pour pouvoir maintenir agréablement l’ensemble du corps. La tête et les jambes doivent être correctement positionnées, au risque de perdre une grande partie des bénéfices détente.

Des technologies toujours plus avancées
Destiné à tous ceux qui souhaitent se relaxer, le fauteuil massant séduit aussi les amateurs d’objets design. Loin des modèles mémérisants de l’époque, les nouveaux fauteuils massants donnent carrément le tournis. Preuve en est avec le fauteuil massant OHCO M8 de Détentation. Fabriqué au Japon et designé par Ken Okuyama, son allure de cocon futuriste tient plus de l’oeuvre d’art que du fauteuil massant. Et pourtant, c’est bien d’un appareil de détente qu’il s’agit. La chorégraphie de massage a été conçue en collaboration avec le maître japonais du shiatsu Okabayashi Sensei, et optimisée par un moteur 4D qui imite la sensation des mains humaines. Avec ses 14 programmes automatiques et ses options détente premium (aromathérapie, bluetooth audio, ambiance lumineuse…), l’expérience sensorielle est absolument unique.  Une chose est sûre : le fauteuil massant a bien changé !

Source: Marieclaire.fr http://bit.ly/2HodAt9

OHCO M.8 massage chair will incorporate sense and sound from Esqape VR experience

BOULDER, Colo. – Luxury shiatsu massage chair resource OHCO and virtual-reality specialist Esqapes, will showcase how VR technology is changing the massage experience in a presentation at the Jan. 7-9 CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Demonstrations will take place at the OHCO booth, space 21066, located in the South Hall 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

During a session at the Esqapes wellness center, an Oculus VR headset and the OHCO M.8 massage chair will be paired to provide more than 10 different entrancing environments accompanied by extra-sensory components such as sound, heat and scents, resulting in total immersive relaxation. Each of these components is triggered by the VR software and was designed to complement an exotic locale. For example, users feel warmth near their toes and smell clove and cinnamon as they lounge by the fireplace in the “Snowbank Cabin” environment.

“At Esqapes, our goal is to use beautiful, exotic, VR environments to transport people to another place, as they enjoy their full body massage in the luxurious M.8 massage chair,” said Micah Jackson, founder and CEO of Esqapes. “We conducted extensive research and chose the M.8 because it’s the epitome of high-quality, and we are excited to work with OHCO at CES to showcase how VR technology and massage therapy can be paired together for the benefit of relaxation and overall wellness.”

The M.8 enhances each session at Esqapes by delivering a transcendent massage experience that is refined to feel human. Designed by Ken Okuyama, the creative mind behind the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Birdcage, the M.8 massage chair integrates visual refinement, groundbreaking capabilities and is the only chair on the market that incorporates rear-swinging doors to deliver a new level of convenience and accessibility in massage chairs.

“From the inception to the finished product, the OHCO M.8 massage chairs were meticulously designed with the intent to set a new standard of what a luxury massage chair should be,” said Cliff Levin, founder and CEO of OHCO. “Together with Esqapes, we are proud to be at the intersection where emerging technology and timeless traditions meet in order to help spearhead the future of health and wellness.”

BOULDER, Colo.Oct. 21, 2019 — FFL Brands proudly announces a new name and brand identity for its Ken Okuyama-designed massage chair lineup. The M.8LE, M.8 and new R.6 are the world’s most meticulously designed and technologically advanced full-body shiatsu massage chairs, and will be marketed under the new OHCO brand effective immediately in the USA. OHCO branding will be gradually rolled out in other countries around the world in the coming months.

Visually, the new logo is designed to invoke feelings of tranquility, calmness and peace. The typography epitomizes fluidity, and the deliberate placement of the letter “O” at the beginning and end of the word symbolizes flow, timelessness and abiding wellness. The logo also speaks to the company’s ties to the ancient Eastern traditions and sensibilities that are built into all OHCO products. Practically, the OHCO name is also easily and consistently pronounced in all countries and all languages.

“We are excited to unveil OHCO, an elegant brand name that will come to represent the many ways we bring preeminent design and proprietary innovations and functions to the massage chair market,” said founder and CEO Cliff Levin. “We believe OHCO exemplifies the ultimate balance of strength, elegance and serenity, and we look forward to breathing life into this brand and relaxation into the lives of discerning consumers around the world.”

The business provides the world’s most luxurious and meticulously crafted massage chairs that promote enduring comfort, happiness and peace. OHCO’s goal is to continue to raise the bar for massage chair standards by developing beautifully designed, life-changing products that cater to the complete needs of the mind and body.

 

About OHCO
OHCO is the creator of the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced, full-body shiatsu massage chairs. Meticulously crafted, OHCO chairs are an intersection of timeless tradition, state-of-the-art Japanese engineering, and world-class talent. Combining years of research and testing, OHCO products are designed to reduce stress, enhance health and promote abiding well-being. OHCO is available worldwide through its authorized retail dealers. The OHCO brand is a member of the FFL Brands family. For more information, please visit OHCOmassage.com.

About FFL Brands
Based in Boulder, Colo., the 2017 National Geographic “happiest city in the U.S.,” FFL Brands is a leading maker and distributor of furnishings designed to look good in your home, improve your comfort, and enhance your health and wellness. FFL is at the forefront of the massage chair industry, offering the world’s best-designed and most capable massage chairs. The company also manufactures the world’s only True Zero Gravity® recliners and mattresses, Scandinavian office seating and more. All our products help make rejuvenation a part of everyday life. Post-sale service, powered by FFL’s industry-leading Chair Team One, makes FFL’s support second to none. Our commitment to the welfare of people everywhere is unwavering. FFL’s mission is simple: we make the world a more comfortable place. For more information, visit FFLBrands.com

 

Product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. OHCO and FFL Brands disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

Virtual reality entrepreneurs have tried a lot of things — from games to training applications — to lure people into VR. But Micah Jackson had another idea: making a VR app where you’re supposed to do nothing but relax.

Jackson is the founder of Esqapes, a Los Angeles startup that lets you experience soothing VR environments while you’re relaxing in a high-end massage chair. I tried it out during a recent visit to the Esqapes spa in the Wilshire area of Los Angeles and found it to be very relaxing. In fact, I nodded off a few times during a half-hour massage.

In an interview, Jackson told me that he wanted to create an immersive relaxation experience through a combination of sensory components (like aromatherapy and heat lamps), an Oculus VR headset, and a massage chair.

“The intention with this is that you aren’t active,” Jackson said. “It’s like taking a trip to the Bahamas.”

For more details, please visit https://venturebeat.com.

OHCO M.8 and M.8LE Massage Chairs Recognized for Design Innovation, Engineering Excellence and Stunning Modern Aesthetic

BOULDER, Colo., July 11, 2019 – OHCO, developers of the world’s most meticulously designed and technologically advanced full-body shiatsu massage chairs, today announced that it has been awarded two European Product Design (ePDA) 2019 Awards.

The OHCO M-Series, consisting of the M.8 and M.8LE massage chairs, was recognized among the best in product design worldwide in the following categories:

  • Lifestyle and Travel, Wellness and Relaxation Products – Platinum
  • Home Interior Products, Interior Furniture – Silver

Designed by industrial design icon Ken Okuyama and choreographed by Japanese shiatsu master Akira Okabayashi, the OHCO M-Series is the confluence of timeless Eastern massage traditions, Japanese engineering excellence, and a stunning modern aesthetic.

“Our goal with the M-Series was to set a new standard of excellence in the industry by integrating visual refinement and groundbreaking capabilities. From start to finish, we knew that we wanted to shape our M-Series models into unrivaled massage chairs,” said Cliff Levin, founder and CEO, OHCO. “We are honored to be recognized by ePDA among the finest and most innovative designs in the world. Above all, we are proud to provide a beautifully designed, life-changing product that promotes abiding comfort, happiness and peace.”

Inspired by Okuyama’s automotive roots with Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati, the M-Series’ rear-swing doors allow for easy entry and exit. Its full-body mechanical and air massage systems provide exquisite escape from the stress of modern daily life. The OHCO M-Series is unapologetically luxurious, precise in its details, transformational and transcendent.

The annual European Product Design Awards (ePDA) celebrates the efforts of talented designers and design teams who aim to improve daily lives with a practical and beautiful creation designed to solve a problem, make life easier or simply spread joy. The complete list of ePDA 2019 winners, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at https://www.productdesignaward.eu/winners/epda/2019/.

 

About OHCO

OHCO, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., is the creator of the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced, full-body shiatsu massage chairs. Meticulously crafted, OHCO chairs are an intersection of timeless tradition, state-of-the-art Japanese engineering, and world-class talent. Combining years of research and testing, OHCO products are designed to reduce stress, enhance health and promote abiding well-being. OHCO is available worldwide through its authorized retail dealers. To learn more about OHCO, please visit OHCOmassage.com.

 

Product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. OHCO disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

BOULDER, Colorado, Jan. 8, 2019 OHCO, developers of the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced full-body shiatsu massage chairs, today announced that it has been named a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree. The new OHCO M.8 massage chair will be on display at the CES 2019 OHCO booth #2031, located in the South Hall 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8-11, 2019.

Honed to perfection by a world-class designer, a Japanese shiatsu master, and a Boulder, Colorado-based software team, the M.8 is the intersection of timeless Eastern massage tradition, cultivated design, and Japanese engineering quality.

“We set out to create something stunning and feature-rich beyond compare. A transcendent experience that rejuvenates mind and body like no other massage chair, OHCO M.8 sets a new standard of excellence in the industry,” said Cliff Levin, OHCO founder and CEO. “We’re honored to be recognized among the finest, most innovative solutions at CES, and above all, we’re proud to provide an effective, life-changing product that helps people find abiding wellbeing.”

Designed by Ken Okuyama, the M.8 integrates visual refinement and groundbreaking capabilities to create an unrivaled, transcendent massage experience. Inspired by Okuyama’s automotive roots with Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati, the M.8’s rear-swinging doors offer a new level of convenience in massage chairs. “Getting in and out of a traditional massage chair can be a challenge for older users and anyone with back issues,” Levin explains. “The M.8 is the only massage chair on the market that has successfully addressed this issue.”

An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with competition.

OHCO will be featured in the Fitness, Sports and Biotech product category which will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at the upcoming CES 2019. The complete list of CES 2019 Innovation Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/Innovation.

The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, owner and producer of CES, the world’s largest and most influential technology event. CTA has been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

 

About OHCO
OHCO, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., is the creator of the luxurious and advanced, full-body shiatsu massage chairs. OHCO chairs are an intersection of timeless tradition, state-of-the-art Japanese engineering, and world-class talent. Combining years of research and testing, OHCO reduces stress, enhances health, and improves well-being. The company distributes its products through authorized stores and online. To learn more about OHCO please visit OHCOmassage.com.

About CES
CES® is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best-known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

 

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LOS ANGELES Calif., January 4, 2019 — OHCO, architects of the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced full-body massage chairs, announced that it has selected AAAZA, Inc. a Los Angeles based marketing and advertising agency as its Agency of Record.

AAAZA will lead national advertising including television, digital, social media and experiential. Initial strategies will focus on the launch of the new OHCO M.8. “The ability of technology to meet the needs of health and wellness is increasing and constantly evolving,” said Jay Kim, President of AAAZA. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with OHCO as they revolutionize the luxury massage chair industry.”

OHCO’s new M.8 combine three sophisticated premium elements into one luxury chair. First is the elevated design of renowned Japanese designer Ken Okuyama (think Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati). Second is the massage movement orchestration and choreography developed by an actual Japanese shiatsu master. Third is the collection of exclusive features not found on any other chair brand. Combined, all three are tailored to deliver the rarest of holistic mind and body experiences. The M.8 debuts at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

“We are pleased to partner with AAAZA. Their expertise with multicultural consumer engagement is the perfect fit to help us showcase OHCO on a national and global level. We have bottled real magic in our products, and we’re confident that AAAZA knows and understands how best to communicate this to the world,” said OHCO founder Cliff Levin.

 

About OHCO
OHCO, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., creates The World’s Best Massage Chair® bringing discerning consumers incomparable luxury, design virtuosity, and impeccable quality. Each OHCO massage chair represents the intersection of timeless shiatsu tradition, state-of-the-art Japanese engineering, and world-class design. Combining years of research and testing, OHCO’s mission is to enhance health, improve well-being, and reduces stress. The company distributes its products through an authorized dealer network and its online direct-to-consumer channels. To learn more about OHCO, please visit OHCOmassage.com.

About AAAZA

AAAZA is an award-winning full-service marketing and advertising agency with a multicultural history targeting consumers and their behaviors in communities on a local, national and global level. Their cultural expertise and insights give clarity and meaning to client communications – whether they be in broadcast, print, interactive, social, mobile or marketing events. Always strategic, always creative – AAAZA delivers great results in an ever-changing marketing landscape.

 

Product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. AAAZA disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

CAMPBELL, Calif., September 6, 2018 OHCO, developers of the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced full-body shiatsu massage chairs, today announced that it has appointed Walt & Company, an award-winning Silicon Valley tech public relations and social media agency, as it’s public relations Agency of Record.

Walt & Company’s program will focus on communicating the high-end benefits, beauty and technological advantages of DreamWave’s family of shiatsu massage chairs. This will include a range of public relations services including new product launches, media and analyst relations, and creative support activities during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

“By combining sophisticated industrial design, massage movement technology choreographed by a shiatsu master, and an array of features focused on mind and body well-being, DreamWave customers can experience immersive and transcendent massage at any time in their homes and offices,” said Cliff Levin, DreamWave’s founder and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Walt & Company, leveraging their expertise in tech and relationships with lifestyle media, to help us communicate the benefits of DreamWave chairs.”

“Interest in the intersection between health, relaxation and immersive personal technology is enormous and growing,” said Robert Walt, president of Walt & Company. “We look forward to working closely with DreamWave as it raises the bar in the luxury massage chair market and it expands its global leadership position.”

 

About OHCO

OHCO, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., is the creator of The World’s Best Massage Chair® offering the most luxurious, technologically advanced, full-body shiatsu massage experience. OHCO massage chairs are an intersection of timeless tradition, state-of-the-art Japanese engineering, and world-class talent. Combining years of research and testing, OHCO enhances health and well-being while reducing stress. OHCO distributes its products through an authorized dealer network and its online direct-to-consumer channels. To learn more about OHCO please visit OHCOmassage.com.

About Walt & Company
Walt & Company is an award-winning Silicon Valley tech PR and social media agency.  It develops and implements strategic programs and creative campaigns that advance its clients’ marketing and communications agendas by generating actionable awareness in influential formats and forums.  For more than 25 years, when it comes to building corporate credibility, product awareness and brand recognition, Walt & Company has its clients covered. For further information, visit www.walt.com.

 

Product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. AAAZA disclaims any and all rights in these marks.