Humanscale | Freedom Chair with Headrest

Achieving notoriety in The New York Times as “the gold standard in office seating,” the Freedom chair redefines the concept of traditional task chairs by allowing you to move freely from posture to posture. Designed by Niels Diffrient, the Freedom Chair automatically adapts to the user without the need to use cumbersome recline levers and back tension dials for a truly ergonomic task chair. Niels developed a recline mechanism that perfectly adjust to the user’s weight that to this day is unmatched by any other ergonomic chair manufacturer.  

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Humanscale Freedom Chair

Described by The New York Times as "the gold standard in office seating," the Humanscale Freedom chair redefines the concept of traditional task chairs. Designer Niels Diffrient aimed to design an office chair that automatically adapts to the user, allowing them to move freely from posture to posture. Diffrient’s unique approach removed complexities found in other chairs, such as allowing the armrests move in tandem, removed cumbersome recline levers and back tension dials for a truly ergonomic task chair that relies on the user's body weight making manual adjustments a thing of the past. As a result, he developed a recline mechanism that perfectly adjusts to the user, definitively reinventing modern task seating to be truly simple, functional and beautiful.

With innovative recline that provides constant support and a pivoting backrest that automatically adjusts to the needs of the spine, the Freedom chair is exceptionally comfortable and promotes movement throughout the day. Its refined and sculpted cushions were designed to mimic the body’s natural contours and decrease pressure point loads for premium comfort. Like all Humanscale chairs, the Freedom chair was designed to look and function like new after years of consistent use.

The Humanscale Freedom Chair has many options such as a gel seat, gel armrests, different textiles and textile colors, as well as frame colors.

Design Story:

Niels Diffrient

 

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Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in the philosophy that form follows function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent the tools we use for daily living.

With an academic foundation in design and architecture and a degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of engineering, architecture, and human factors into the creation of highly functional and aesthetically timeless designs.

From his early work with the studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfuss to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognized. Included among his many honors are the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. In recent years, Diffrient had focused his energies on designs for the office environment, particularly seating — a category in which he has pioneered numerous breakthroughs, from pneumatic cylinders for seat height adjustment to weight-activated automatic recline.

 

About the Freedom Chair Design

With innovative recline that provides constant support and a pivoting backrest that automatically adjusts to the needs of the spine, the Freedom chair is exceptionally comfortable and promotes movement throughout the day. Its refined and sculpted cushions were designed to mimic the body’s natural contours and decrease pressure point loads for premium comfort. Like all Humanscale chairs, the Freedom chair was designed to look and function like new after years of consistent use.

Is the Freedom Chair a Net Positive Product?

Freedom Headrest is Living Product Certified, meeting the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria to date. This means that Freedom Headrest is climate, water and energy positive. Every time we make these products the planet is better off. With a mission to create a healthier world, we are proud that over 60% of our products are certified net positive.

humanscale freedom task chair with headrest behind standing desk

Features

Articulating Headrest

The Freedom chair features a dynamic, articulating headrest to support the head and neck as users recline. It moves with the sitter, so they can change postures without making manual adjustments and stay comfortable in any position.

Self Adjusting Recline

Freedom eliminates the need for traditional recline mechanisms, which can be bulky and weigh up to 15 pounds. Instead, Freedom uses the sitter’s body weight and the laws of physics to perfectly and automatically adjust recline support for each individual.

Synchronous Armrests

Freedom's body-friendly armrests move up and down together, staying with the user during recline for continuous comfort and support.  Unlike other chair designs, Freedom's armrests are attached to the back of the chair to ensure synchronous use.

Price Range Seating

$$$-$$$$

Lead Time

4 – 6 Weeks

Seating Type

Task