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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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

Didn't appreciate it until it was gone
I used the Freedom Task chair for about 4 years at my previous job. I never really thought much of it until I started working from home a few days a week. Only then did I realize that the chair in my home office caused severe discomfort after about an hour or two of use. I asked one of my old colleagues to find out what type of chair was in my old office. I bought the Freedom Task, and the difference was immediately apparent. I never thought I'd spend this much on a chair, but it was well worth the investment.
Brian B.     5 months ago
Perfect in every way
With so many options to customize your perfect desk chair, this is just the best chair ever! I can sit for extremely long periods with the comfy gel seat. The superb back support and adjustable soft leather armrests contribute to good posture with no stress points. I am so happy with my Freedom Task chair that I gave one to my husband. Now we are both happy customers. (Plus customer service is the best!) Double thumbs up!
Missy M.     8 months ago
Comfy and flexible
Love the arms that easily adjust height and also love that all you have to do to recline is lean backwards.
Jon S.     8 months ago
Love this chair
Chair fit seems to be a very person specific thing. This chair has become my go to chair for people with comfort issues. The people I introduce this chair to in our firm never let it go once they sit in it! Yes I have one and have sat in quite a few.
Keith A.     8 months ago
Have to say a great chair all in all. But as with anything there are a couple of things to point out. 1. Before you order make sure you know if you want the headrest as there are two chairs (one with a head rest and one without) to order. I didn't read carefully enough and am now unable to add on. 2. The package is a bit heavy as it is shipped in one piece.
Brandon P.     8 months ago
I have two Freedom task chairs, one purchased more than 10 years ago that I have been so pleased with, I bought a second last year for my spouse. For my old arthritic spine these chairs are the best I have been able to find.
Craig G.     8 months ago

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.


Textile Options

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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