Freedom® Task Chair

Designed by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale®


Item Number: 876
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Niels Diffrient’s Freedom Chair (1999) was a breakthrough in ergonomic task seating. Often, ergonomic chairs are likely to be improperly positioned, resulting in the creation of more problems than they solve. The Freedom Chair is simpler than other chairs, eliminating many manual adjustments and creating instead a system of internal mechanisms that respond to the user’s needs. A unique counterbalancing tilt mechanism self-adjusts according to the user’s weight and movement, thus eliminating the need for manual fixes. Any adjustments can be easily made while the user is seated for accurate positioning. The seat cushion provides excellent shock absorption and weight distribution for unmatched comfort. The Freedom Chair was awarded the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Backed by a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty. Made in U.S.A.

  • For big shots who leave small footprints, Freedom is 62% recycled, 90% recyclable and 100% comfortable.


Niels Diffrient
Niels Diffrient

U.S.A. (1928–2013)

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 consumers products that met their needs. His emphasis on accommodating the human form was codified in the three-volume Humanscale, an influential sourcebook for designers that examined the movements and dimensions of the human ...

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H 33.5"–44.5" W 27" D 25" Seat H 16.5"–21.5"


Die-cast aluminum frame with fused plastic coating; polyurethane foam cushion; leather upholstery; 2.5" hard double-wheel casters for carpeted floors only. (Casters for hardwood floors are available through customer service and DWR Studios.)

  • Spinneybeck Vicenza Leather: A lightly corrected aniline-dyed leather with a breathable protective finish that ensures great durability.
  • Spinneybeck Cervo Leather: A lightly corrected aniline-dyed full-grain leather with a raised pebble grain and breathable protective finish.
  • Vellum fabric: a blend of nylon, Cordura® and elastic yarn, this four-way stretch textile offers durability and a pleasing texture.

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