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Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

(19)

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  $899
These best-selling models are available for faster delivery.

Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

(19)
QUICKBUY MODELS START AT  $899
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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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 

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 844-264-2513.

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
  • Where Have You Been ?
    I am a second generation programmer and have been writing code for forty plus years in both the sitdown and standup positions. I wish this chair had been available when I started out in my profession. My wife and I are currently having our home renovated and our interior designer, Vance Killen, picked this one out for me. Way to go Vance !!!
    Cal C.
  • The most comfortable work chair!
    Sean O.
  • Modern Comfort
    Excellent styling and slim profile fit in our modern style home nicely.
    Kathryn C.
  • Perfect in Every Way
    We have these chairs at work, and I had to have one for my home office. It is, by far, the most comfortable office chair in which I have ever sat. It provides support in all of the right places. I would recommend it to anyone. It is beyond worth it.
    AKILAH S.
  • A beautifully functional chair
    I have had this chair for almost four months and it is the best chair I have ever owned. I love the design, the clean look and the fact there are not an abundance of pulleys and levers, you simply sit and the chair does the rest, it provides excellent lumbar support and I no longer have back or leg pain. It improves my posture. It reclines and moves easily. I recommend this chair without reservation.
    Ann C.
  • My husband loves his new chair!
    This chair fit our modern decor and my husband's picky comfort standards. I love the mesh back and seat and it doesn't fill up the room, it's slim line silhouette opens up the room and it moves around from carpet to wood easily.
    Kathryn C.
  • Functional simplicity
    I have had the pleasure of sitting on this chair for very long workdays for a couple of years. It lacks manual adjustment intentionally, but the seat and back conform to and support my 5'9" frame perfectly. The arms are the right height and length, and the flexible automatic lean to the back enables me to stretch frequently without having to flip a switch or turn a knob. That might be my favorite aspect of this chair.
    Patricia R.
  • An Amazing Chair!
    This is by far the most comfortable ergonomically-designed chair on the market today. When my wife had back surgery, we needed to find a chair that would contour perfectly to her spine and provide ample support without causing pain or fatigue. After lengthy research, we decided on the Diffrient World chair and have never regretted the decision to buy it. The chair surpasses everything else we tried and allows her to sit for hours without any fatigue or discomfort. In fact, we have to thank Humanscale in part for her speedy recovery. We were so pleased with the Diffrient World chair, that we purchased one for every member of our family and use them daily for hours of reading, writing, and work at the computer. This is definitely a gem of comfort and design that stands out from all its competition.
    Wayne D.
  • Great office chair!
    Bought this for my home office. Was looking for something comfortable, supportive, and breathable. Got all of that and more with this chair. It's very comfy, even for extended period of sitting. Not a lot of dials or lever to fidget with to adjust it either. Set the seat height, and adjust the height of the armrest and the chair adjusts the seat and back position as you sit and get into the desired level of recline. Paired with their keyboard system, you've got a very comfortable work station. Was a little worried about the sturdiness of the material that the seat and back are constructed of but so far, they've held up great. Been using it daily for almost two year and it hasn't worn or stretched a bit as far as I can tell. Did have an issue with the seat height lowering when I laid back in the chair, however, one call to Humanscale and a replacement part was sent out immediately. Very satisfied.
    Ryan B.
  • My back feels so much better
    I started a noticing my back pain literally just disappear. It was amazing. I'd totally recommend this chair to anyone that needs to sit for a long day.
    Raul A.
  • Lightweight and comfortable
    Well made product yet very light. The mesh sets still maintain a firm seat and give great air flow.
    Daniel S.
  • Comfortable
    Sturdy chair that is comfortable and well built. Plenty of adjustable level for many sitting options. Very pleased with this chair
    Adam F.
  • Absolutely the BEST
    Absolutely the best, most comfortable and low back friendly desk chairs ever! Although they are not inexpensive, they are well worth the investment!!
    E rika S.
  • Love This Chair
    This chair is perfect. I cannot say anything else. It's comfortable, therapeutic, and attractive. I wish I could afford 14 more!
    K M.
  • Beautifully made
    Smooth-rolling, smooth wheel legs (for perching your feet upon), nicely adjustable with arms that stay out of your way. My only complaint with this chair is that, because of the way I perch at the front of my chairs, and because this one is simply the mesh (which makes it supremely comfortable for sitting for long periods), with no hard reinforcement at the front, I often found myself slipping off of the front of the chair. That said, my husband and my son also found the chair super comfortable, and my son excitedly took it for his own!
    Catherine K.
  • Good chair for the price
    Seat is a little hard without extra cloth and arm rest do not recline with the chair but overall way better than the chair I had before.
    Jacque R.
  • What a difference!
    Very comfortable, supportive, great office chair
    Dina O.
  • The most comfortable lightweight chair I own
    The combination of comfort, simplicity and light weight make this my favorite chair
    Emory O.
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 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'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.

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