The textiles on all Freedom chairs utilize advanced technology developed primarily for the sportswear and sporting goods industries. In a single step, a high-tech molding process combines the textile, Technogel (standard on armrests, optional on seat cushions), foam and plastic support shell into a single, modular cushion, which can be attached to Freedom with four screws. Because of this advanced process, the textiles used on Freedom's cushions are as unique as the rest of the chair, and satisfy requirements more demanding than typical upholstery textiles. Advanced technology makes sitting simple. Designed to give you the maximum ergonomic benefit using a minimum number of manually-adjusted controls, Freedom will change the way you sit, move and tilt. Freedom's innovative and attractive headrest addition offers a level of ergonomic support not available with other task chairs. Upholstered in durable fabric or two grades of high-quality leather, Freedom comes in a number of colors to go with almost any environment.
- Width (without arms): 53.5 cm / 21.1 inch
- Width (with arms): 68 cm / 26.75 inch
- Nearly infinite options allow complete customization
- Size-adjustable to fit over 95% of the population
- The gel seat is not available with leather or Sensuede fabric
The best designs in the world are based on purpose and function. When a design solves a functional problem, as simply and elegantly as possible, the resulting form will be honest and timeless. Uncompromising performance-centric design in its purest form is at the heart of every Humanscale solution. Each of our ergonomic products is designed for uncomplicated use, maximum comfort, a long serviceable life, and a minimal environmental footprint. And that’s why they look good, too.
Humanscale Freedom Chair Designed by:
- Niels Diffrient
6 September 1928 – 8 June 2013
Throughout his life, Diffrient was instrumental in the mid-century modern design movement, working with revered designers whom he considered colleagues and friends including Eero Saarinen, Ettore Sottsass, Charles Eames, Marco Zanuso and Henry Dreyfuss. Diffrient had more than 50 patents and 75 awards, including the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the 1996 Chrysler Design Award. Diffrient was also recognized as a Royal Designer for Industry (Hon RDI) by the British Royal Society of Arts in 1987. His vast industrial design portfolio included work with AT & T, Honeywell, John Deere, Knoll and American Airlines.
His partnership with Humanscale began in 1998, with the development of the Freedom chair. Setting a new standard for ergonomic task chairs, Freedom changed the way people sit. Always true to his core values on design, Diffrient said in a New York Times article, “Why would you design something if it didn't improve the human condition?” Diffrient believed that chairs should adjust to the user, not the other way around—and this was evident in all of his designs including the Liberty, Diffrient World and his latest chair, Diffrient Smart. Founder and CEO of Humanscale Robert King said, “Niels believed in the importance of function and knew that great design must be driven by it. This is why his products often transcend any specific time or place.” His industrial design career began with an early interest in architecture and design, which he studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He later earned a Fulbright to study design in Milan with Marco Zanusso, with whom he worked to design the award winning Borletti sewing machine. Following his return to the United States, Diffrient worked as an industrial designer with Henry Dreyfuss at his firm, which Diffrient later led until 1980.