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Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest


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SKU: F21


The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest is designed to give the maximum ergonomic benefit to the sitter with a minimum number of manually adjusted controls. Once the Freedom task chair with headrest is fitted no further adjustment is required. The idea is that movement which is essential for a healthy body should not be constricted by locking mechanisms and manual controls. In other words sitting comfortably is not something you should have to think about.

Winner of ten design awards to date-including the Design Distinction Award in the prestigious ID Design Review 2000 competition-the Humanscale Freedom chair by Niels Diffrient has revolutionized the task chair industry. The Freedom leather chairs weight-sensitive recline, synchronously adjustable armrests, and dynamically positioned headrest set new standards for task chair performance and functionality to keep the sitter exceptionally comfortable while also lowering the risk of long-term injury.


1) Automatic Headrest
Freedom leather chair's dynamic, position sensitive headrest adjusts to cradle your head and neck as your recline, and moves out of the way when you sit upright automatically.

2) Recline Action
As you recline, you'll maintain a near consistent eye level, while the angle between your torso and legs
opens up for better body function.

3) Contoured Cushions
The cushions are sculpted to closely follow body contours, which increase contact and decreases
concentrated loads. Our optional Technogel seat cushion maximizes weight distribution and comfort.

4) Responsive Backrest
The pivoting backrest automatically adapts to the changing needs of your spine during recline.

5) Synchronous Armrests
Freedom's body-friendly gel armrests move up and down together and stay with you during recline,
always keeping you in supported balance.

6) Body Fit
The seat, backrest and headrest may be independently positioned to fit your exact body size.

7) Intelligent Mechanism
With the Freedom leather chair's revolutionary counter-balance mechanism, your weight automatically balances the force required to recline the chair. So whether you're big or small, short or tall, the recline tension is always perfectly adjusted to let you move while keeping you fully supported in all positions.


Standard Features:

Self-Adjusting Recline

-Intelligent counter-balance recline mechanism automatically provides the right amountof support through
the full range of recline motion, regardless of user size and weight

-No tension springs to adjust

-No recline locks to set/release

-During recline, the angle between torso and legs opens up for better body function

-User maintains near-constant eye level during recline

Pivoting Backrest

-Extra motion of the backrest during recline automatically adjusts to the changing needs of the spine

-Provides up to 1" additional lumbar support when needed

Synchronous Armrests

-Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate uneven arm positioning

-Natural lift and release action for immediate re-positioning without buttons or locks

-6" range of vertical motion to accommodate all users and tasks

-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

-Duron arm pad for durability and comfort

Standard Cylinder

-Provides seat height range that accommodates 95% of the population

Contoured Cushions

-Carefully sculpted to match body contours

-Increased contact area reduces pressure points

-Modular for easy replacement

Body Fit

-Size adjustable to fit more than 95% of the population

Adjustments for fit-to-size:
-Headrest: 5" vertical adjustment range
-Seat Height: 5" adjustment range
-Seat Depth: 2.25" adjustment range
-Backrest/Lumbar Support Height: 3" adjustment range

Hard Casters

-2.5" double-wheel casters for carpeted floors

Optional Features

Dynamic Headrest

-Position-sensitive headrest moves into place when you recline and out of the way when you sit upright

-5" vertical adjustment to fit all users

-Moves in the natural arc of head/neck for perfect support through range of recline

-Contoured to cradle the head and neck in comfort

Gel Seat Cushion

-Non-degradable, non-compressible Technogel layer on top of foam core

-Provides maximum pressure distribution

-Offers unmatched, long-term comfort

Arm Pad Option

-Flexible Duron

-Technogel for optimal comfort

Cylinder Options

-Low cylinder for small users

-Tall cylinder for very tall users

-High cylinder with foot ring

-Extra-high cylinder with foot ring (Saddle seat only)

Foot Ring

-Chrome finish


Caster Options

-2.5" soft double-wheel casters for hard floors

-Non-rolling glides for fixed-location use

-2.5" locking casters


-CAL 133-approved

-Fireproof barrier between textile and foam

-Fire-retardant plastics



Scope of Users
Standard chair fits more than 95% of the office population

-5'0" Woman to 6'4' Man

-100 to 300 lbs.

Users outside the standard range can be accommodated by:

-Low or Tall Cylinder

-Advanced Armrests

35 lbs.

Backrest Recline
22° recline plus 7° backrest tilt

Reference Angle betwen Seat and Back
100° to 129°

Advanced Task Armrests

-Horizontal angle change from elbow pivot point

-35° each armrest

-Lockable in 5° increments

-New arm assembly features clean aesthetic and improves efficiency of use,allowing the
user to adjust the arms with just one hand

Headrest Radial Motion (automatic motion during recline)

Lumbar Support Increase in Recline

Warranty Information
15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads: 5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty




Lotus Grade 1 Fabric

Aptly named after the plant known for its healing properties, beauty, and cleanliness, Lotus is one of the latest creations from award-winning designer Elizabeth Whelan. Water repellant and easy to clean, it is an ideal textile for the healthcare and hospitality environments. Its polyurethane finish with nylon backing boasts a soft texture that is pleasant to the touch while offering exceptional durability, and its four-way stretch design provides the flexibility to seamlessly adapt to Humanscales unique ergonomically designed seat cushions. Lotus meets and exceeds all performance requirements for task seating applications, including all heavy-duty contract and healthcare tests.

Content: 100% Polyurethane face, Nylon backing


Vellum Grade 1 Fabric

Constructed of a plain weave using a blend of nylon, Cordura and elastic yarn, this textile offers a pleasing texture and exceptional durability. Because of the Cordura content, this four-way stretch woven textile performs to the rigors of the most demanding contract environments. The color palette includes brights, classics and neutrals.

Content: 91% Nylon and Cordura blend, 9% Elastic


Wave Grade 1 Fabric

Developed initially for sportwear, Wave responds to the unique form and production requirements of Humanscale seating. This four-way stretch fabric exceeds all contract interior testing requirements for heavy-duty upholstery. The colors of Wave are taken from the phenomenal hues found in nature.

Content: 86% Nylon, 14% Elastic


Bridget Stripe Grade 2 Fabric

Composed primarily of renewable merino wool, Bridget Stripe offers a five-color, 50-stripe pattern with a shifting color sequence that creates an undisrupted movement across the surface of the fabric. Boasting exceptional durability for a wool textile, Bridget Stripe may be applied either horizontally or vertically to Humanscale seating.

Content: 78% Wool, 13% Polyester, 9% Nylon


Ginko Grade 2 Fabric

Created by Elizabeth Whelan Design, Ginkgo reflects the delicate parallel veins of the Ginkgo biloba tree leaves. It is composed of 90% wool, a renewable fiber that offers durability, elegance and flexibility. Available in a variety of vibrant and saturated colors, Ginkgo extends the breadth of Humanscale's seating color line. Ginkgo's exceptional performance on contract textile tests and subtle sophistication will satisfy any task seating application.

Content: 90% Wool, 10% Nylon


Sensuede Grade 3 Fabric

Offering style and performance, Sensuede was developed to be the best and most luxurious engineered suede available. The silky feel is the result of recycled microfibers that are breathable, extra-strong and resitant to most stains and wrinkles.

Content: 88% Polyester and 12% Polyurethane (more than 50% recycled polyester microfibers)

Bizon Grade 1 Leather

Exceptionally soft to the touch, Bizon is a thick, rich grained leather with excellent light fastness. It offers a plain, pigmented finish that has excellent stain protection, making it ideal for any user or application.


Cervo Grade 3 Leather

Cervo is thicker than the other leathers in our collection. The unique tannage approximates the rich luxurious suppleness of deer skin, offering distinct beauty and comfort.

Corde 4 Grade 1 Fabric

Corde 4 is a four-way stretch design which moves with the sitter as they adjust positions in their chair, providing ultimate comfort. Its intricate weave structure, dimensional surface and wide array of neutral and vibrant shades are visually appealing and engaging to the touch.


Standard Duron Arms
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. 6" range of vertical motion to accommodate all users and tasks. 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, Duron Cover.

Standard Duron Arms with Matching Textile
Same features as above and covered in the same textile and color as the seat and back cushions.

Advanced Duron Arms
Same height adjustment features as Standard Armrests. Also pivot at elbow for width adjustment. 1.25" longer than Standard Armrests for additional forearm support.

Advanced Duron Arms with Matching Textile
Same features as above and covered in the same textile and color as the seat and back cushions.

Standard Armrests
- Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate the dangers of uneven arm positioning
- Natural lift and release action allows for immediate repositioning without the need for buttons or locks
- The armrests provide a 6 inch range of vertical motion to accommodate all and tasks
- The armrests can be positioned below thigh-level for close table or desk work
- The armrests are attached to the backrest, not the seat like most chairs, so they stay in the same relation
to your body when you recline

Advanced Armrests
- Offer all the same features of the standard armrests
- Pivot at the elbow for width adjustment and are lockable in 5" increments
- Features automatic unlock when positioned inward allowing user to instantly exit the Freedom task chair with headrest
- 1.25" longer than Standard Armrests for additional forearm support

Frame and Base Color:



- Standard Foam Seat Pan
- Gel Seat (Not Available with Spirit Millennium, Sensuede, Ultraleather or Leather Upholstery)
Non-degradable, non-compressible Technogel layer on top of a foam core provides maximum pressure distribution for long-term comfort.

Cylinder Height:

Standard/Low/Tall/High Cylinder Height (Seat Height: floor to compressed front center of seat cushion)
Standard range cylinder fits more than 95% of the office population (Seat Height: 16" - 21")
Low range cylinder for very petite users (Seat Height: 15.25" - 19")
Tall range cylinder for very tall users (Seat Height: 17" - 22.25")
High range cylinder with Foot Ring for very tall users (Seat Height: 20.5" - 28.5")
Return-to-height cylinder returns chair to highest position when user exits chair


Standard Hard Casters
for carpeted floors

Soft Casters
for use on hard floors.

Locking Casters
casters lock when someone is sitting in the Humanscale Freedom task chair with headrest.

Non-rolling glides for fixed location use.

Fire Proofing:

Cal 133 Approved
Fire proof barrier between textile and foam
Fire retardant plastics


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