Niels Diffrient

Niels Diffrient

Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in the philosophy that form follows function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent the tools we use for daily living.

With an academic foundation in design and architecture and a degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of engineering, architecture, and human factors into the creation of highly functional and aesthetically timeless designs.

From his early work with the studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfuss to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognized. Included among his many honors are the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. In recent years, Diffrient has focused his energies on designs for the office environment, particularly seating--a category in which he has pioneered numerous breakthroughs, from pneumatic cylinders for seat height adjustment to weight-activated automatic recline.

Niels Diffrient, lifetime contribution to design FX Award winner 2012

Lifetime Contribution to Design FX Award Winner 2012. Read more >

 

AWARDS
contemporary design, design, design engineering, design interior, designer, designers, designs, furniture design, interior design, lighting design, modern design, room design, simple design, simple designs, simplicity, sleek, modern, new, ergonomic, ergonomics, form and function, Niels Diffrient, Elizabeth Whelan, Tom Latone, George Mileos, award-winning design, design studio, high design, elizabeth whalen, eames, chair, chairs, industrial design, fabric, chelsea condos, ergonomic, ergonomics
Find out more about the designers behind Humanscale's sleek yet functional furniture.

Form & Function

>  Designers

>  Niels Diffrient