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. Made of a two-way stretch woven fabric, the seat cover is durable enough for commercial applications. Made in U.S.A.
Die-cast aluminum frame with fused plastic coating; polyurethane foam cushion; nylon and Cordura upholstery with elastic blend; 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, has 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 to the present, Diffrient's integrity and vision have been recognized in dozens of awards and honorary citations, and he has served as designer or consultant to the Fortune 500's leading companies. His quest to create workplace environments fitted to the needs of their users continues unabated with the introduction of the "Freedom," a high performance task chair that senses the weight of the user and automatically adjusts to provide optimal support without an array of knobs and levers.
Diffrient has designed every type of equipment, as well as 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 time as adjunct Professor of Design at UCLA for eight years and was a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Architecture for two years. Read more >