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Humanscale Freedom Office Chair with Headrest


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About the Designer
Niels Diffrient  

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.

The Freedom chair is designed to give the maximum ergonomic benefit to the sitter with a minimum number of manually-adjusted controls. Once the chair is fitted, no further adjustment is required. The idea is that movement, which is essential for a healthy body, shouldn't be constricted by locking mechanisms and manual controls. In other words, sitting comfortably isn't something you should have to think about. Features
  • Intelligent counter-balance recline mechanism automatically provides the right amount of support through the full range of recline motion, regardless of user size and weight
  • No tension springs to adjust
  • No recline locks to set or release
  • During recline, the angle between torso and legs opens up for better body function
  • User maintains near constant eye level during recline
  • Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate the dangers of uneven arm positioning
  • Natural lift and release action for immediate repositioning without buttons or locks
  • Can be positioned below thigh-level for close table or desk work
  • Attached to backrest so arms stay in same relation to body during recline
  • Technogel armpad for superb comfort
  • Position-sensitive headrest moves into place when you recline and out of the way when you sit upright
  • Moves in the natural arc of head/neck for perfect support through range of recline
  • Extra motion of the backrest during recline automatically adjusts to the changing needs of the spine
  • Carefully sculpted to match body contours
  • Increased contact area reduces pressure points
  • Modular for easy replacement


  • Maximum Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 53 Inches
  • Minimum Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 43 Inches
  • Overall Width - Side to Side: 27.25 Inches
  • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 25 Inches
  • Overall Product Weight: 39 Pounds
  • Armrest Width: 4 Inches
  • Armrests Min Height: 20.5 Inches
  • Armrests Max Height: 29 Inches
  • Headrest Width - Side to Side: 15 Inches
  • Headrest Height - Top to Bottom: 9 Inches
Additional Weights and Dimensions:
  • Maximum Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 53 Inches
  • Minimum Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 43 Inches
  • Overall Width - Side to Side: 27.25 Inches
  • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 25 Inches
  • Chair Back Max Height: 21 Inches
  • Chair Back Min Height: 17.5 Inches
  • Chair Back Width: 27.25 Inches
  • Seat Width: 27.25 Inches
  • Seat Depth: 19 Inches
  • Base Width: 25 Inches
  • Base Depth: 25 Inches
  • Overall Product Weight: 39 Pounds
  • Product Type: Task chairsAdjustable Headrest: Yes
    Arm Type: ErgonomicArm Adjustment Type: Height
    Total Recycled Content (Percentage): 28%Assembly Required: Yes
    Product Warranty: 15 Year Warranty; Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads: 5 Years, Single-Shift WarrantyStyle: Modern
    Padded Headrest: YesPassive or Active: Passive
    Arm Finish: BlackPost-Consumer Content (Percentage): 18%
    Tools Needed: NoneHeadrest Material: Fabric
    Double Wheel Casters: YesArmrest Material: Vinyl
    Additional Parts Required: NoBase Finish: Brown
    Compatible Flooring: Tile,Carpet; HardwoodGSA Approved: No
    Base Material: MetalExterior Seat Material: Fabric
    Greenguard Certified: YesHardware Material: Metal; Plastic
    ANSI BIFMA certified: YesWarp Resistant: Yes
    Upholstered: YesMechanism: Pneumatic
    Swivel: YesBack Height: High-back
    Back Type: Contoured; UpholsteredHeadrest Included: Yes
    Footrest Included: NoBig and Tall: No
    Twenty-Four Hour Chair: YesAdjustable Height: Yes
    Ergonomic: YesTilt Control: Yes
    Waterfall Edge: YesLumbar Support: Yes
    Seat Slider: YesRatchet Back: Yes
    Life Stage: AdultQuality Rating: Best
    Casters: YesHeated Seat: No
    Heated Back: NoLeg Type: Five-point rolling
    Armed: YesAdjustable Arms: Yes
    Compatibility: NoWeight Capacity: 300 Pounds
    Commercial Use: YesRecycled Content: Yes
    Eco-Friendly: YesCountry of Manufacture: United States
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    Humanscale Freedom Office Chair with Headrest



     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

    * 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.

    * 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

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    Manufacturer Details
    Founded in 1982, Humanscale is recognized as the leading manufacturer of ergonomic products for the office. Their diverse product range helps ensure that individuals who spend hours each day in front of a computer, do so in maximum comfort and with minimal long-term health risks. To achieve this result, their philosophy regarding product design is this: Technology can make simple things complicated or complicated things simple. They believe in the latter approach and strive to design products that combine uncompromising function and honest aesthetics with ultimate ease-of-use.

    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.

    When you buy a Humanscale Freedom Office Chair with Headrest online from Wayfair Supply, we make it as easy as possible for you to find out when your product will be delivered. You can check on a delivery estimate for the Humanscale Part #: F21 here. If you have any questions about your purchase or any other Office Chairs product for sale our customer service representatives are available to help. Whether you just want to buy a Humanscale Freedom Office Chair with Headrest or shop for your entire business, Wayfair Supply has everything you need.

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