Niels Diffrient's Freedom Saddle Seat (1999) uses the same principles and materials as his Freedom Chair but has a more compact footprint. The saddle features a height-adjustable pneumatic cylinder to accommodate a wide range of users and tasks. The triangular cushion allows the users to sit in an ergonomic "saddle" posture with thighs lowered, hips loose and the spine in a healthy curve. This position reduces pressure points and puts users closer to their work. Spinneybeck Prima, a premium full-grain, aniline-dyed leather, uses a unique blend of oils during the dying process, creating a luxurious feel and putting Prima in a class of its own. Made in U.S.A.
Polished aluminum frame; polyurethane foam cushion; Spinneybeck® Prima leather upholstery; 2.5" hard double-wheel casters for carpeted floors only. (Casters for hardwood floors are available through customer service and Studios.)
One of the century's preeminent American designers, Niels Diffrient, endeavored, throughout his storied career, to emphasize the "human factors" of industrial design, using ingenuity and intuition to bring consumer products that meet their needs. His emphasis on meeting human needs was codified in the three-volume Humanscale, an influential sourcebook for designers that examined the movements and dimensions of the human body. From his early work with Eero Saarinen and Marco Zanuso onward, Diffrient's integrity and vision were recognized in dozens of awards and honorary citations, and he served as designer or consultant to the Fortune 500's leading companies. His quest to create workplace environments that were fitted to the needs of their users is exemplified by the Freedom Chair, high-performance task seating that senses the weight of the user and automatically adjusts to provide optimal support without an array of knobs and levers.
Through his career, Diffrient designed every type of equipment, including computers, exhibits, trucks, airplane interiors and corporate identity programs. He has also been broadly published in the field of design and human factors, most notably as co-author of the three-volume compendium, Humanscale. Additionally,Niels spent eight years as adjunct Professor of Design at UCLA and was a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Architecture for two years. Read more >