From humble beginnings to industry leader, Humanscale is the world’s premier ergonomics company. Founded in 1983 by Robert King, who saw a gap in the market for high-performance ergonomic office tools that support a healthy, more active way of life, Humanscale has gone from strength to strength since its inception.
The company made its first mark as an innovation pioneer in the late 1990s with the introduction of high-performance articulating keyboard systems, which offer effortless one-touch adjustability while eliminating the knee-clearance issues associated with competing solutions. Today, Humanscale is the leader in that product category.
Humanscale cemented its status as a true market leader when it introduced the Freedom chair, created by renowned ergonomics designer Niels Diffrient, in 1999. The luxurious, executive task chair broke new ground by combining unprecedented functionality without the use of cumbersome knobs, locks or levers, while its revolutionary weight-sensitive recline made active sitting effortless. In 2009, Humanscale sold its millionth Freedom chair.
Diffrient’s design collaborations with Humanscale included the Liberty chair—a unique mesh seating solution introduced in 2004—which won a number of prestigious awards and earned a place in the 2007 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Diffrient also created the Diffrient World chair and the Diffrient Smart chair. Humanscale’s seating solutions, as well as its other products such as task lights and monitor arms, have even gained attention from Hollywood, gracing the sets of hit television shows and films including The Newsroom, New Girl, 24, Ugly Betty, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mission: Impossible III and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Humanscale’s products have continued the company’s legacy as a leader in innovative, award-winning design, and include the groundbreaking Element Disc LED task light, the Float height adjustable table, the QuickStand height adjustable workstation and the Mode chair. Humanscale’s newest innovations were the result of two exciting collaborations with esteemed industrial designers Don Chadwick, who created the Ballo stool, and Todd Bracher, who designed the Trea chair and the company continues to explore innovative new ways to help people work more comfortably.