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Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

(24)

Diffrient World is Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task seating. Designer Niels Diffrient wanted to create the most minimal, full-function task chair ever made. With an innovative tri-panel mesh backrest that provides custom back and lumbar support and a lightweight design, Diffrient World is, like all of Humanscale’s products, simple, beautiful and functional. The design eliminates the need for traditional mechanisms, instead using the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to offer perfect recline for each individual sitter. Diffrient World offers the ultimate user-friendly sitting experience.

QUICKBUY MODELS START AT  $919
These best-selling models are available for faster delivery.
Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

(24)
QUICKBUY MODELS START AT  $919
These best-selling models are available for faster delivery.

Diffrient World is Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task seating. Designer Niels Diffrient wanted to create the most minimal, full-function task chair ever made. With an innovative tri-panel mesh backrest that provides custom back and lumbar support and a lightweight design, Diffrient World is, like all of Humanscale’s products, simple, beautiful and functional. The design eliminates the need for traditional mechanisms, instead using the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to offer perfect recline for each individual sitter. Diffrient World offers the ultimate user-friendly sitting experience.

Diffrient World is Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task seating. Designer Niels Diffrient wanted to create the most minimal, full-function task chair ever made. With an innovative tri-panel mesh backrest that provides custom back and lumbar support and a lightweight design, Diffrient World is, like all of Humanscale’s products, simple, beautiful and functional. The design eliminates the need for traditional mechanisms, instead using the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to offer perfect recline for each individual sitter. Diffrient World offers the ultimate user-friendly sitting experience.

Niels Diffrient designed Diffrient World to offer ease of use and effortless functionality. With weight-sensitive recline that adjusts automatically and armrests that are attached to the back of the chair so they move with the user for ergonomic comfort, Diffrient World provides custom comfort for every sitter. A high quality, affordable task chair with minimal parts, Diffrient World was built with longevity in mind and will look as good in ten years as it does today.

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Diffrient World
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SHIPPING

QuickBuy models ship in 1-2 weeks. All other custom configured Seating products ship in 2-4 weeks.

WARRANTY

Seating – Industry-leading 15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
All Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads – 5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty
Ballo Stool – 3 Years, Single-Shift Warranty 

Maintenance should only be carried out by an authorized Humanscale representative. For all maintenance requests, please contact Humanscale at 1-800-400-0625.

RETURNS

Unfortunately we do not accept returns on any of our seating products. If, for some reason, you are not satisfied with the quality of the received products, deem them defective, or it was damaged in transit, please contact Customer Support at 800-400-0625.

PRODUCT CARE

To clean chair arm pads and bases use mild liquid soap and water. Gently wipe thoroughly with a soft cloth to remove dirt and stains. Dry gently with a dry soft cloth.

Download detailed leather care and stain removal instructions (PDF).

REVIEWS
  • A Big Step in the Right Direction
    First, I love the all mesh concept; it keeps the chair cool and feels like it conforms more to the body. Second, I like that there are few adjustments. However, the slickness of the mesh, and would venture other upholstery type makes me feel like I am sliding off the front of the chair as I lean back. Missing is the tilt of the seat pan as one reclines. Perhaps the guides that allow for forward movement during recline should have an upward swing to counter this and add to the feel of reclining.
    Daniel B.
  • Great chair
    Easy to assemble super comfortable and great looking chairs. These can be used in many settings and will fit in without issue.
    Gary O.
  • This is one of the most comfortable desk chairs that I had found. It feels like sitting on air. Could use a bit more back support. But overall it is a very comfortable/solid chair.
    Sandy L.
DESIGNER
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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 had 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'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 had 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.

Design Story
Design Story
Design Story

"If every chair was made the way the World Chair was, we would cut in half all the material used for task chairs."

Niels Diffrient, Designer


Drawing inspiration from the three dimensional approach tailors take when creating men’s suits, Niels Diffrient wanted to build a minimal mesh task chair with a back that automatically fits the user. He collaborated with textile designer Elizabeth Whelan to create a flexible but strong non-stretch mesh, so the backrest would take on the shape of the sitter. He also wanted World to be minimal but highly functional, so he worked to eliminate tension mechanisms, knobs and adjustment levers. The result is a task chair that is simple but beautiful, supporting each user instantly and changing the way people sit.

"If every chair was made the way the World Chair was, we would cut in half all the material used for task chairs."

Niels Diffrient, Designer


Drawing inspiration from the three dimensional approach tailors take when creating men’s suits, Niels Diffrient wanted to build a minimal mesh task chair with a back that automatically fits the user. He collaborated with textile designer Elizabeth Whelan to create a flexible but strong non-stretch mesh, so the backrest would take on the shape of the sitter. He also wanted World to be minimal but highly functional, so he worked to eliminate tension mechanisms, knobs and adjustment levers. The result is a task chair that is simple but beautiful, supporting each user instantly and changing the way people sit.

DETAILS
TECH SPECS

Chair Width 25.75” Arms / 21” Armless
Base Size 24”
Seat Height Range 14” – 30.75”
Recline Range 17° recline + 8° backrest tilt
Chair Weight 28 lbs arms / 24 lbs armless
Stackable: No

TEXTILES
Monofilament Stripe
Made specifically for our tri-panel, mesh-backed chairs, Monofilament Stripe has an elastic composition that achieves strength through its distinctive weave structure to provide unmatched support. Its classic stripe pattern is available in various striking colors.
Mesh | Designed by Elizabeth Whelan
Black Carbon Platinum Green Atlantic Amber

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