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Freedom Task

Designed by Niels Diffrient
Designed to complement any space and integrate effortlessly into the modern office, the Freedom task chair offers comfort, style and complete ease of use. Created by Niels Diffrient and winner of more than 10 design awards, the Freedom task chair uses the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to provide instant, custom support for every sitter. This perfect balance allows the user to effortlessly move, but be fully supported in each position. As a result, users change postures often, which leads to a more healthy and comfortable sitting experience.

About Freedom Task

The Freedom task chair revolutionizes the way people sit. With its weight-sensitive recline and synchronously adjustable armrests, it set new standards for task chair performance and functionality. With a sculpted foam backrest to match the contours of the human body and thick cushions for long lasting comfort, it provides a custom ergonomic fit for every user.

Long Lasting Comfort

Freedom’s body-fitting contours ensure the user sits in comfort all day long. Our cushions are built to maximize comfort for four hours, rather than the industry standard four minutes, which is as long as a sit-test in a new chair generally lasts.

Effortless Recline

Freedom’s intelligent recline mechanism automatically provides custom support for every user, and encourages healthy, spontaneous movement throughout the day.  Without cumbersome knobs or levers, and with no manual adjustments, Freedom task makes active sitting effortless.

Intuitive Adjustment

The revolutionary design of the Freedom’s backrest allows automatic pivoting to accommodate the changing needs of the spine. Its synchronous armrests stay with the user during recline, for constant support and ongoing comfort.

Design Story

"My idea was that, instead of sitting down and reaching for a lot of controls, that you would sit on the chair, and it would automatically balance your weight against the force required to recline."
Niels Diffrient, Designer

Eager to create a truly ergonomic task chair that adjusted to the user automatically, Niels Diffrient created Freedom, which allows the sitter to change postures effortlessly. Replacing the traditional recline mechanism with a weight-sensitive one, Diffrient’s Freedom task chair revolutionized the way people sit.


Colors and Textiles

The Freedom task chair stays true to Humanscale’s commitment to delivering high performance ergonomic seating packaged in award wining design and is available in a number of finishes, accents, textiles and fabrics:





Developed to withstand the most rigorous use, Vellum is a highly durable textile that features a calming texture. Made from strong materials such as nylon, codura and elastic yarn, it accommodates shifts in the user’s body weight throughout the day. Textile Grade 1

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