Humanscale’s Cinto Chair Wins 4 Design Awards

Cinto Named International Design Awards PRODUCT DESIGN OF THE YEAR


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK, October 15, 2007 — Humanscale’s Cinto has picked up four prestigious awards. The 2007 International Design Awards named the stacking chair its Product Design of the Year. In addition, Cinto was a First Category Winner and first-place finisher in the Interior Furniture category. The Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization also recognized Cinto with a 2007 Good Design Award in its Product Design category.

The artists and entrepreneurs who created and judge iDA strive to recognize and celebrate visionary designers in architecture and interior, fashion, product, and graphic design. The iDA chose winners from nearly 1,000 applicants from about 50 countries and will feature each in the 2007 iDA design book. Cinto was selected for the overall top prize in the competition, topping category-winning entries from numerous powerhouse design firms, including Zaha Hadid Architects, David Rockwell, fuseproject, springtime, and Tangerine.

JIDPO’s Good Design Awards is Japan’s only evaluation and award program that recognizes design. Also known as the G-Mark, this top nod draws consumer attention to products that improve lives and advance industrial activity.

Cinto’s novel and patent-pending design and manufacturing innovations set a new bar for moderately priced ergonomic seating. While most stacking chairs are not conducive to hours of sitting, Cinto provides all-day comfort by flexing and bending with the body. Spanish for “belt,” Cinto features a backrest that is attached to the chair's frame via a flexible belt, allowing the backrest to move with the body to provide ample recline and automatic lumbar support for the vast majority of users. In addition, Cinto’s seat pan features a pattern of surface cutouts that flex independently under the sitting bones to evenly distribute the sitter's weight and reduce pressure points.

Created with the environment in mind, Cinto is 100% recyclable. It is made of a steel tube frame, elastomer belt, and injection-molded polypropylene seat and back, and is designed for quick and easy disassembly. Molded into the bottom of each Cinto is a phone number that owners may call when their chair reaches the end of its life. Humanscale will provide assistance to owners to help ensure that their Cintos get recycled.

Developed by the Humanscale Design Studio—a team of twenty international designers and engineers led by Design Director Manuel Saez—Cinto takes advantage of cutting-edge manufacturing technology to realize its revolutionary ergonomic design, setting a new bar for high-performance stacking chairs.

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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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