About the Designer
Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in philosophy of form flowing from function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent tools we use for daily living. With an academic foundation in aeronautical engineering and degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of fine arts, engineering and architecture into design practice of passion and integrity. His highly functional designs are aesthetically timeless. In his early work with studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfus, to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognized. Included in his many honors are 2003 National Design Award from Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and 1999 Chrysler Design Award. Most recently he has focused primarily on design for office environment, particularly seating, where he has won many industry awards.
|Product Type: Task chairs||Style: Modern|
|Base Material: Metal||Exterior Seat Material: Fabric|
|Hardware Material: Metal; Plastic||Warp Resistant: Yes|
|Upholstered: Yes||Mechanism: Pneumatic|
|Swivel: Yes||Back Height: High-back|
|Back Type: Contoured; Upholstered||Headrest Included: Yes|
|Footrest Included: No||Big and Tall: No|
|Twenty-Four Hour Chair: Yes||Adjustable Height: Yes|
|Ergonomic: Yes||Tilt Control: Yes|
|Waterfall Edge: Yes||Lumbar Support: Yes|
|Seat Slider: Yes||Ratchet Back: Yes|
|Life Stage: Adult||Casters: Yes|
|Heated Seat: No||Heated Back: No|
|Leg Type: Five-point rolling||Armed: Yes|
|Adjustable Arms: Yes||Compatibility: No|
|Weight Capacity: 300||Commercial Use: Yes|
|Recycled Content: Yes||Eco-Friendly: Yes|
|Country of Manufacture: United States|
|Assembly Required: Yes||Tools Needed: None|
|Additional Parts Required: No|
|Product Warranty: 15 Year Warranty; Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads: 5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty|
|GSA Approved: No||Greenguard Certified: Yes|
|ANSI BIFMA certified: Yes|
Knowing that a truly ergonomic chair could make more of a difference to user health than most any other product, Humanscale entered the task seating market in 1999 with the Freedom chair, which has won 10 design awards to-date - including the Design Distinction Award in the prestigious ID Design Review 2000 competition. The Freedom chair has revolutionized the task chair industry and has set new standards for task chair performance and functionality. Because of its honest design aesthetic, Freedom has also been seen in dozens of feature films and is a regular in prime-time, being featured on hit television shows such as 24, CSI Miami and Boston Legal.
In 2004, Humanscale launched its extremely popular Liberty chair line. With its patent-pending Form-Sensing Mesh Technology, the Liberty chair takes the benefits of mesh seating – breathability, durability, sustainability and aesthetic appeal – to the next level, providing exceptional comfort and automatically customized lumbar support without an external lumbar device. To date, Liberty and the new Liberty Side Chair have won over 12 design awards, including Best of NeoCon Gold and ID Design Distinction Awards for each.
Most recently, Humanscale’s 13-member in-house design team, led by Design Director Manuel Saez, has continued Humanscale’s history of innovation, by designing such award-winning products as the M7 monitor arm, L2 notebook manager and FM500 foot rest. Housed in a new facility in the heart of Manhattan, the Design Studio features a team-oriented workstation design that encourages idea sharing and communication among all team members. It also boasts a state-of-the-art machine shop / prototyping lab that facilitates the speed and efficiency by which concepts can be realized into 3-dimensional and functional prototypes. The Design Studio works very closely with Humanscale’s in-house ergonomists to ensure that all designs are based on the latest human factors research and knowledge.
Humanscale has always been committed to environmental sustainability and continually strives to design, engineer and manufacture products that consume less of the Earth’s limited resources. This is accomplished by creating products that weigh less (i.e. require less material), have fewer parts (which requires fewer manufacturing processes) and contain a high percentage of recycled and recyclable content. Additionally, wherever possible, Humanscale utilizes aluminum as its material of choice. Their aluminum is 100% recycled and recyclable which never degrades, enabling it to be reused over and over again. Using aluminum usually costs them more than plastics, but their products are better for it. And so is the environment.
Got Burned from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This chair is horribly over-priced. I did not get what I paid for. I do not recommend this chair for two general reasons: 1) very poor value 2) lack of adjustability BAD: * The headrest (which costs a LOT extra) is a total joke. If you're above average height the headrest will interfere with your shoulders and promote bad posture. It's height adjustment is minimal and has no lock so it continually slips back down. I had to tape it in place. When you recline it comes forward automatically and shoves your head forward as if it assumes you want to inspect your belly button. Gee thanks. It was so uncomfortable that I finally got out some tools and removed it, but I'm still stuck with 2 big metal horns protruding above the backrest which threaten to impale my skull if I lean back too far. * The seat back reclines too easily and there is no tension adjustment for the recline. This is a crucial feature that 99.9999% of office chairs have, and yet they try to use this lack of adjustability as a selling point. Trust me, you need to be able to adjust the recline or you will only have 2 options: most of the way forward or all the way back. Someone should be fired for that decision. * The lumbar support is not adjustable separately from the backrest. The whole backrest moves up and down which means it really only fits one size of person (a very small person btw) but can accommodate them if they choose to sit on a book or two. The size of the lumbar support is not adjustable at all. * The arms are too far apart. Presumably the more expensive ones that swivel would fix this, but they might be a rip off like the headrest was. GOOD: * Aside from costing lots extra and being too far apart, the arms are great. Their range of height adjustment was a major factor in my choosing this chair, and in this one regard it did not disappoint. The arms can be lowered below your legs almost flush with the seat bottom (so I can play guitar comfortably). The adjustment mechanism is quick and easy to use. * I splurged on the gel seat bottom. It is very comfortable. * The seat height range is quite large which I like because I use it for multiple activities that require different heights. * It's aesthetically pleasing, if that's important to you. I'd rather my chair be adjustable and comfortable. Don't get me wrong. There are worse chairs out there, but for the price I paid this chair is grossly inadequate. It coasts on style and gimmick without offering the basic features that most people take for granted with even cheap office chairs. I will attempt to sell mine (although I have no hope of recovering anywhere close to the purchase price) so I can purchase a better cheaper chair. FYI: I am 6'2" and 165lbs
Best Office Chair Available in the Price Range
Cory from Beverly Hills, CA – Verified Buyer
Although pricey, this chair is worth every dime. I have been on the endless search finding a nice modern looking chair but one that is also highly supportive of my low back since I have back problems. This chair fit the bill, super comfy, highly supportive, and looks great in our modern office.....five stars!
Anonymous from California