The Humanscale Freedom Chair is designed to give the maximum ergonomic benefit to the sitter with a minimum number of manually adjusted controls. Once the Humanscale Freedom Chair 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 10 design awards to date-including the Design Distinction Award in the prestigious ID Design
Review 2000 competition-the Freedom chair by Niels Diffrient has revolutionized the task chair industry.
Its weight-sensitive recline and synchronously adjustable armrests 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) 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.
2) 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.
3) Responsive Backrest
The pivoting backrest automatically adapts to the changing needs of your spine during recline.
4) 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.
5) Body Fit
The seat and backrest may be independently positioned to fit your exact body size.
6) Intelligent Mechanism
With Freedom'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.
-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/release
-During recline, the angle between torso and legs opens up for better body function
-User maintains near-constant eye level during recline
-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
-Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate 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
-Duron arm pad for durability and comfort
-Provides seat height range that accommodates 95% of the population
-Carefully sculpted to match body contours
-Increased contact area reduces pressure points
-Modular for easy replacement
-Size adjustable to fit more than 95% of the population
-Adjustments for fit-to-size:
-Seat Height: 5" adjustment range
-Seat Depth: 2.25" adjustment range
-Backrest/Lumbar Support Height: 3" adjustment range
-2.5" double-wheel casters for carpeted floors
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
-Technogel for optimal comfort
-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)
-2.5" soft double-wheel casters for hard floors
-Non-rolling glides for fixed-location use
-2.5" locking casters
-Fireproof barrier between textile and foam
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
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
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
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)
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.
Fourtis Grade 1 Fabric
Fourtis is a four-way stretch fabric that easily conforms to our cushions for the ultimate in comfort and flexibility. While still adjustable, its satin crepe weave structure is highly durable and creates a strong, high-performance fabric.
Ticino Grade 1 (Chrome-Free Leather)
Ticino is a semi-aniline dyed leather available in a variety of rich colors inspired by nature. It is a top corrected grain leather to create a more natural aesthetic and ensure the leather remains as unique as the hide itself.
Ticino Stitching Options
Corvara Grade 3 (Chrome-Free Leather)
Corvara is a semi-aniline dyed leather that offers a smooth, silky feel and ultimate durability. It is a top, full grain leather that is embossed lightly for a consistent, uniform grain structure.
Corvara Stitching Options
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.
- 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
- 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 chair
- 1.25" longer than Standard Armrests for additional forearm support
Frame and Base Color:
- Standard Foam Seat Pan
- Gel Seat (Not Available with Lotus, Sensuede or Leather Upholstery)
Non-degradable, non-compressible Technogel layer on top of a foam core provides maximum
pressure distribution for long-term comfort.
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
for use on hard floors.
casters lock when someone is sitting in the chair.
Non-rolling glides for fixed location use.
Cal 133 Approved
Fire proof barrier between textile and foam
Fire retardant plastics