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Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

MODELS START AT  $1127*

Diffrient World delivers all-mesh elegance, merging premium lumbar care with adaptability. Niels Diffrient’s full-function ergonomic task chair looks at home in any modern office and offers customized back support through physics-powered design and tri-panel mesh.

• All-mesh design fits handsomely into any office – no matter where you work.
• Tri-panel mesh back offers intelligent support for your unique pressure points.
• Lightweight design makes it exceptionally easy both to assemble and relocate.
• Net Positive certification means each chair produced restores energy and clean water while reducing environmental waste.
• Diffrient World is yours with a 15-year, 24/7 warranty.
Diffrient World

designed by Niels Diffrient

MODELS START AT  $1127*

Diffrient World delivers all-mesh elegance, merging premium lumbar care with adaptability. Niels Diffrient’s full-function ergonomic task chair looks at home in any modern office and offers customized back support through physics-powered design and tri-panel mesh.

• All-mesh design fits handsomely into any office – no matter where you work.
• Tri-panel mesh back offers intelligent support for your unique pressure points.
• Lightweight design makes it exceptionally easy both to assemble and relocate.
• Net Positive certification means each chair produced restores energy and clean water while reducing environmental waste.
• Diffrient World is yours with a 15-year, 24/7 warranty.

Diffrient World delivers all-mesh elegance, merging premium lumbar care with adaptability. Niels Diffrient’s full-function ergonomic task chair looks at home in any modern office and offers customized back support through physics-powered design and tri-panel mesh.

• All-mesh design fits handsomely into any office – no matter where you work.
• Tri-panel mesh back offers intelligent support for your unique pressure points.
• Lightweight design makes it exceptionally easy both to assemble and relocate.
• Net Positive certification means each chair produced restores energy and clean water while reducing environmental waste.
• Diffrient World is yours with a 15-year, 24/7 warranty.

ABOUT THE DESIGN

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.

WHAT IS A NET POSITIVE PRODUCT?

Diffrient World is Living Product Certified, meeting the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria to date. This means that Diffrient World is climate, water and energy positive. Every time we make these products the planet is better off. With a mission to create a healthier world, we are proud that over 60% of our products are certified net positive.

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Diffrient World
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” – 27.75”
Recline Range: 17° recline + 8° backrest tilt
Chair Weight: 28 lbs arms / 24 lbs armless
Weight Capacity: up to 400 lbs
Stackable: No

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