Founded in 1982, Humanscale is recognized as the leading manufacturer of ergonomic products for the office. Our diverse product range helps ensure that individuals who spend hours each day in front of a computer, do so in maximum comfort and with minimal long-term health risks. To achieve this result, our philosophy regarding product design is this: Technology can make simple things complicated or complicated things simple. We believe in the latter approach and strive to design products that combine uncompromising function and honest aesthetics with ultimate ease-of-use.
Knowing that a truly ergonomic chair could make more of a difference to user health than most any other product, Humanscale entered the task seating market in 1999 with the Freedom chair, which has won 10 design awards to-date - including the Design Distinction Award in the prestigious ID Design Review 2000 competition. The Freedom chair has revolutionized the task chair industry and has set new standards for task chair performance and functionality. Because of its honest design aesthetic, Freedom has also been seen in dozens of feature films and is a regular in prime-time, being featured on hit television shows such as 24, CSI Miami and Boston Legal.
In 2004, Humanscale launched its extremely popular Liberty chair line. With its patent-pending Form-Sensing Mesh Technology, the Liberty chair takes the benefits of mesh seating – breathability, durability, sustainability and aesthetic appeal – to the next level, providing exceptional comfort and automatically customized lumbar support without an external lumbar device. To date, Liberty and the new Liberty Side Chair have won over 12 design awards, including Best of NeoCon Gold and ID Design Distinction Awards for each.
The quality of our products is directly related to the ingenuity of the designers who create them. We are extremely fortunate to work with distinguished industrial designers, such as Niels Diffrient, who have literally revolutionized a number of ergonomic product categories. Niels' contributions to ergonomic seating, such as the pneumatic cylinder and knee-tilt mechanism, have been standards on task chairs for the past twenty years and, together with his Freedom chair, are among the reasons he won the 2002 National Design Award, handed out by the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Likewise, George Mileos' Freedom Arm, which was the first keyboard support to offer knob-free adjustability and total knee clearance, completely changed the way articulating keyboard support mechanisms were designed.
Most recently, Humanscale’s international design team has continued Humanscale’s history of innovation by designing an impressive range of award-winning products including the Switch Mouse, Cinto stacking chair, CPU600, T5 Point-of-Care Technology Cart, and many others. Housed in the heart of Manhattan, the Design Studio features a team-oriented workstation design that encourages idea-sharing and open communication. It also boasts a state-of-the-art machine shop and prototyping lab that facilitates the speed and efficiency by which concepts can be realized into three-dimensional and functional prototypes. The Design Studio works very closely with Humanscale’s in-house ergonomists to ensure that all designs are based on the latest human factors research and knowledge.
Humanscale has always been committed to environmental sustainability and continually strives to design, engineer and manufacture products that consume less of the Earth’s limited resources. This is accomplished by creating products that weigh less (i.e. require less material), have fewer parts (which requires fewer manufacturing processes) and contain a high percentage of recycled and recyclable content. Additionally, wherever possible, Humanscale utilizes aluminum as its material of choice. Our aluminum is 100% recycled and recyclable which never degrades, enabling it to be reused over and over again. Using aluminum usually costs us more than plastics, but our products are better for it. And so is the environment.
Office seating has come a long way in the last 30 years. But as chairs have become more advanced, they’ve also gotten more complicated.
Based on the belief that form follows function, our seating lines combine maximum comfort and functionality with simple, user-friendly design. Our chairs accommodate nearly all shapes, sizes and body types while offering the aesthetics to complement any office interior. And made to the most stringent environmental standards, each chair is a reflection of our passionate commitment to sustainability.
Every solution in our seating line is designed for the simplest, most comfortable user experience possible. When you sit in a chair, you shouldn’t have to think about how to adjust it for maximum comfort. In fact, you shouldn’t have to think about anything. So we design our chairs to be intuitive—to adjust to each unique user.
Superior engineering is what enables unmatched comfort and functionality to come in such an easy-to-use package. And it’s also what ensures that our chairs meet the highest standards of environmental sustainability.