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Freedom Chair by Humanscale

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With advanced ergonomic design and original style, the Freedom Chair is a winner for any office.
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Humanscale Freedom Task Chair
designed by Niels Diffrient

Designed to complement any space and integrate effortlessly into the modern office, the Freedom task chair offers comfort, style and complete ease of use. Created by Niels Diffrient and winner of more than 10 design awards, the Freedom task chair uses the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to provide instant, custom support for every sitter. This perfect balance allows the user to effortlessly move, but be fully supported in each position. As a result, users change postures often, which leads to a more healthy and comfortable sitting experience.

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The Freedom task chair revolutionizes the way people sit. With its weight-sensitive recline and synchronously adjustable armrests, it set new standards for task chair performance and functionality. With a sculpted foam backrest to match the contours of the human body and thick cushions for long lasting comfort, it provides a custom ergonomic fit for every user.

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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.

Humanscale Freedom Chair Front

High-Performance Gel Seat
Humanscale is known for this standout feature. Although it is optional, the gel seat of the Freedom Chair is one of its most important features. Set atop a thin layer of polyurethane foam, the Technogel layer provides outstanding shock absorption and distributes pressure evenly across the seat- making those long hours of sitting much more comfortable.

Why gel seats are superior to foam seats

  • Gel Seats distribute pressure better than foam seats. After 90 minutes of sitting, gel seats realize 60% less max pressure than foam seats. This is because gel behaves more like a liquid than a solid, so as pressure builds in one area, it disperses to low-pressure areas, thus distributing weight proactively.
  • A longer lifespan means long-lasting comfort. Gel seats have a much longer lifespan than traditional foam cushion seats. Foam breaks down over time, forming a cavity that prevents movement on the part of the sitter. Gel on the other hand, is non-static, and encourages movement.

The graphite and titanium bases are made of hard plastic to match the plastic frame of the chair. The base is also available in polished aluminum.

The seat comes in standard foam or a marvelous Technogel (even better than a bicycle seat) over a thin polyurethane foam.

Armpads are available with Duron covers over foam (Duron is a soft urethane plastic material)or gel. Both Duron and gel armpads are available with or without upholstery to match your seat.

A seat depth: 16.25" - 18.5"
B seat height: 16" - 21" (standard); 15.25" - 19.5" (low); 17" - 22.25" (tall)
C seat width: 21"
D backrest height: 18" - 21"
E chair width: 27.25"
F armrest height: 5" - 11"
G armrest length: 13" (standard); 14.25" (advanced)
H distance between armrests: 20" (standard); 11.5" - 21.5" (advanced)
I height (no headrest): 33.5" - 41.5"
L base diameter: 25"
O backrest width: 21"

The Freedom Chair is built with dozens of materials, all of which were chosen carefully to keep you comfortable, keep the chair light and easy to move, or to give you options for self-styling. One of the most important materials, which resides in the seat of the chair, is the special gel that makes this particular office chair so comfortable to sit in. This gel allows your body weight to be evenly supported over the whole area of the seat, and that keeps lumps, pressure and undue discomfort out of the equation.

After half an hour of sitting or more, studies have shown the gel seats like the one on the Freedom Chair result in a 60 reduction in max pressure. That's a stunning number in a short period of time (most people sit up to 7 or 8 hours a day at work). Because the gel is more of a liquid than a solid, pressure can be much more evenly and effectively relieved than with a foam or solid seat chair.

Gel is also long lasting, meaning you'll be happy in your chair for a long time. Foam can tear, wear down, and need to be replaced. With our gel seats you won't have that problem.

Freedom Armchair Depth

Freedom Chair Dimensions

Ergonomic chairs are specifically designed to alleviate the stress and pain on your joints, muscles and bones that sitting in chairs and hunching in front of computers and working at desks for 8 hours a day inevitably causes. The Freedom Chair is no different. It was designed from the ground up to relieve unnecessary stress, lessen tension in your joints, and create a more free, expansive way of sitting and moving while in your office chair. This chair is all about making sitting more than comfortable - it's about making it healthy, and you back and spine are a big part of that.

Of course, the Freedom Chair is not medicine. However, it has been shown throughout the life of the chair that the groundbreaking research that inspired it was right on - sitting and being supported in the way that this chair allows is a great way to keep your back and body healthy and pain-free. So how does it work specifically?

One important feature of the chair is the counterbalance mechanism. Most people lean back in their chairs, or they slump. In fact according to Niels Diffrient laying down is as comfortable and ergonomic as it gets. This chair makes reclining easy and comfortable by automatically responding to your body weight and position, and removing stress and tension from the equation. You feel more like you're floating than being suspended. Another important feature is the automatically adjusting headrest. When you lean back the headrest goes forward to properly support your head, neck and shoulders. Most chairs don't do this, and it's a big mistake - when it comes to backs, necks and spines, one size never fits all in terms of fixed positions. Another great ergonomic feature is the gel cushioned seat, which makes sitting as comfortable and impact free as possible. When you take out pressure, stress, tension and fixed settings, you get ergonomic relief.

At Office Designs, everything we do is informed by our motto - Design on Demand. We started this company to put the power of design into the hands of the customer - you know, the person who actually has to live and work in the furniture we sell. We believe that the buyer has just as much a right to make adjustments to the furniture they buy as the designer themselves. That's why we've developed a great tool to make it easy for you to put the finishing touches on anything you buy from us. For the Freedom Chair, you've got lots of great options in ten separate categories.

You can be final designers of nearly every aspect of this chair. Choose the color, choose the style of the arms (or have no arms at all!). Choose the finish of the base, the minute adjustments that you'll need to make, the frame and base color, and the even the look of the casters and gliders. All of this choice adds up to a personal and beautiful chair that's yours before it even arrives at your door.

When you have a big part to play in the design of your office chair, you're more likely to be satisfied with your purchase, more likely to set it up perfectly for your comfort and enjoyment, and more likely to feel a sense of pride in ownership and design. As you should - that's the customer experience at Office Designs.