In the manufacture of the Liberty Chair (2005) from Humanscale, 54% of the materials are recycled and 93% are recyclable. In addition to exceeding a variety of environmental standards, Liberty provides next generation seating, meaning perfect support, without external knobs or levers. To create this acclaimed chair, Niels Diffrient developed a tri-panel construction method similar to the way a tailor uses three panels of material to create a custom shirt. This inspired approach turns breathable, form-sensing mesh into body-fitting contours for lumbar support. And because this mesh displaces, rather than stretches, no external devices are necessary for a self-adjusting, customized fit. The innovative Technogel seat is designed to match body contours for long-term comfort. Diffrient recently added a height-adjustable feature to the Technogel-covered arms for increased ergonomic benefits. As users spontaneously change positions throughout the day, a patented counterbalance mechanism automatically provides the right amount of recline tension. Made in U.S.A.
For big shots who leave small footprints, Liberty is 54% recycled, 93% recyclable and 100% comfortable.
Die-cast and polished aluminum frame; injection-molded plastic cushion pan, back frame and five-arm base; Technogel armrests and seat pad; tri-panel mesh back.
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 >