Freedom Chair by Humanscale
Leather Seat and Back, no Headrest
designed by Niels Diffrient
The Freedom Chair is a product of Humanscale, a company focused on providing ergonomic and person centered office chairs to a world sorely in need. Briefly this chair was on track for diplomatic missions abroad, but it was considered too valuable here at home to ship off. With advanced ergonomic design, an original style, and the most patriotic name in our catalogue, the Freedom Chair is a winner for any office.
What's to Like:
Who doesn't like freedom? The freedom to move around in your chair that is. At work, lots of people need to shift positions with regularity so they can stay comfortable, and the Freedom Chair makes this easy and comfortable. The seat and seat back conspire to even make slouching positions easy on the back and legs.
What's Not to Like:
Not every one gets excited about the style of the chair. The double bar armrest support and the indentations that run down the middle of the seat and seat back appeal to some (Freedom lovers) but not to others (Freedom haters).
You can argue about the style, but you can't argue with the comfort. This is a unique and very comfortable desk chair.
It may surprise you to hear that Humanscale doesn't really consider itself to be a furniture company. They make furniture, of course, but rather than calling themselves a furniture company, they call themselves an ergonomics company. There isn't an organization out there more committed, driven, and knowledgable about the field of ergonomics than Humanscale.
Humanscale stands for ergonomic furniture. The Freedom Chair is what you might call their Magnum Opus (thus far).
Designed by Niels Diffrient- a man responsible for major advances in the field of ergonomics in the last few decades- the Freedom Chair is held together by a single idea: that sitting down should be simple and comfortable at the same time. This guiding principle has served Humanscale well, as its ergonomic chairs have become standouts in the design world and the office chair market.
Goodbye Manual Adjustments
Niels Diffrient errors on the side of simplicity. The Freedom Chair has a self-adjusting Dual Pivot backrest that supports the lumbar area of your back no matter how much you're sitting forward or how much you're reclining. There's no back stop, no tension adjustment. There is a height adjustment on the back of the chair, and once you've set this to fit the lumbar area of your back, you can stop thinking about how to adjust your chair's controls to make it more comfortable.
Revolutionary Counterbalance Mechanism
The Freedom Chair was meant to be reclined in. Niels Diffrient once stated that the most ergonomic seating position is to be laying down. Since that's unfortunately not an option at home or in the office, the next best thing is to lean back in your Freedom Chair. Its groundbreaking counterbalance mechanism automatically supplies the optimal amount of recline tension for your body weight and size.
The leather version of the Freedom Chair comes with a standard foam seat. If you want the gel seat, please visit our fabric version.
Designer of the Freedom Chair, the Liberty Chair, and the Diffrient Light, Niels Diffrient is internationally recognized as a premier designer in the field of ergonomics. Diffrient is a world-renowned and world-travelled designer who has worked with some of the greatest aesthetic and ergonomic designers of this or any century. Diffrient was trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he was able to win the First Medal of Design 3 times during his tenure. After graduation he spent time traveling and working in Europe, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship he had won. Aside from his obvious bonafides in the realm of furniture design, he also has a background in aeronautical engineering.
Diffrient has created many wonderful chairs in his long career. The Freedom Chair is among the most recent, but he was also responsible for the Diffrient Light Chair and the Liberty Chair. Diffrient co-authored the original three part book on modern ergonomic design, title "Humanscale." It was he who helped to lay out clearly and with great aesthetic and scientific insight the way forward for office chairs, and indeed all types of human-centric furniture design.
The Freedom Chair is one of his greatest accomplishments. It combines his love of design with his passion for ergonomics and humanistic art. It's a comfortable, ground-breaking chair built by one of the masters.
With a resume that includes collaboration with icons Eero Saarinen and Marco Zanuso, a background in aeronautical engineering, and numerous design awards, Niels Diffrient is undoubtedly one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.
Born in 1928 in Star, Mississippi, Diffrient attended Wayne State University and eventually enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he won the First Medal of Design three times during his tenure there. After traveling and working in Europe thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Diffrient began work at the design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates, where he would stay for 25 years. While there, he co-authored the three-volume publication Humanscale. This work summarized his design principles which were rooted in the belief that the human body should drive design for products that humans will interact with. In his own words: "A design should look good and be appealing, but without compromising human factors. Aesthetics should enhance the technical side, not deter from it."
Read the story behind Niels Diffrient and the Freedom Chair
Awards and Honors:
- 2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Product Design Award
- 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation
- 2005 Legend Award from Contract Magazine
- Named the "Granddaddy of the ergonomic revolution by Forbes Magazine in 2007
- Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Member- awarded by the Royal Society of Arts and Industry
- 1996 I.D. Magazine Top 40 Design Innovators
There's just something about the Freedom Chair - if you listen closely you can hear the band strike up the national anthem every time you settle into its wide, supremely comfortable, ergonomically sound frame. But it doesn't just feel great - it looks great too. The design leaders at Humanscale have produced a chair with a completely original look and a distinctive flair - it just happens to also be one of the more comfortable office chairs on the market!
This particular version of the Freedom Chair comes complete with a fine leather seat (instead of cloth) handcrafted and perfectly adapted to the body of the chair. You can choose between three different types of leather (depending on your personal taste) including Vicenza, Acqua, and Cervo. Each brings their own distinctive spin to an already fabulous office chair. Each also comes with a different set of color options. When you go with Vicenza leather you can select either a Black, Dark Brown, Night Blue, or Saddle coloring. If Acqua is more your speed, choose from Aquitania, Black Sea, Cote de Azur, Flying Dutchman, Leviathan, and many more. Cervo offers options in Aveto, Campigna, Metaponto, and more. As with other versions of the chair, you also have lots of options when it comes to the type of armrest you want, the finish on the base of the chair, and the kinds of wheels or casters you like best.
No matter which color or style of leather you choose, the chair you receive will be among the finest examples of contemporary office design in our catalogue. Humanscale has always focused on making their products the most ergonomically sound on the market, and the Freedom Chair is one of their crowning achievements.