Humanscale's Float™ to Appear at Orgatec 2012

Height-Adjustable Table Features Innovative Counterbalance Mechanism for Exceptional Weight Accommodation and Ease of Use


Karen Brooking

COLOGNE, GERMANY, October 23, 2012 — Humanscale, a worldwide leader of ergonomic solutions, will show Float―a next-generation, height-adjustable, sit-stand table—at Orgatec 2012. This revolutionary product is named for the way in which it very nearly “floats” into position when it is moved either up or down, providing simple adjustment with minimal and constant force. In developing the Float height-adjustable table, Humanscale has ventured into―and reset the standards for―a very important product category.

Height-adjustable work surfaces such as Float are greatly beneficial to users’ health, as they encourage a combination of sitting and standing. Research shows that sitting for a prolonged period of time is a public health risk that cannot be offset by exercise, while standing all day is not considered a perfect solution, either, as it can cause discomfort and swelling in the legs and feet. Alternating between sit and stand positions is therefore considered to be the most effective way to maintain health and comfort, as it allows different body parts to rest in intervals, and at the same time discourages static postures. 

The Float height-adjustable table meets the demands of healthier work environments with an unprecedented combination of adjustability for a vast range of heights and weights, ease of use and safety, along with streamlined good looks. With a unique counterbalance mechanism that provides constant counter-weighting force, it enables easy, one-hand weight adjustment, and fluid height adjustment for ergonomic sit-stand usage. The Float height-adjustable table is also built with safety measures to prevent the possibility of injury―its innovative safety feature only allows adjustment when the desktop and contents are properly balanced. 

Built for ergonomic use, it provides an exceptional 20 inches of height adjustability. And its unique counterbalance mechanism handles the widest weight range in the industry—zero to 130 pounds of desktop weight (including the tabletop)—without tools, costly maintenance or added parts. Additionally, Float accommodates a range of tabletop widths from 48 inches to 72 inches, to meet unique and common specifications alike, and can be used with any manufacturer’s table tops to ensure aesthetic consistency with any installed or specified systems furniture. 

With a five-year, 24/7 warranty, the Float height-adjustable table’s sturdy construction meets BIFMA requirements for load and capacity. This is achieved without the clunky cross-beams found on most current-generation height-adjustable tables, which often obstruct leg space and impact the aesthetic. 

Minimal and streamlined, Float fully embodies Humanscale’s design philosophy of doing more with less. Its architectural lines complement its exceptionally sophisticated functionality. Float’s understated form—not to mention its White, Silver or Black finish options—enhances any work environment.

Built for a long life, it is made predominantly of recyclable steel and is designed with minimal parts and manufacturing processes. Unlike electric-powered height-adjustable tables, it is able to balance the table’s load without using energy, which makes it exceptionally sustainable.

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About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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