Humanscale’s innovative solutions are designed for functional simplicity and ultimate ease of use. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with 93 prestigious awards in the last four years, and featured in the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Humanscale made its first significant mark as an innovation pioneer in the late 1990s with the introduction of high-performance articulating keyboard systems, which offer effortless one-touch adjustability while eliminating the knee-clearance issues associated with competing solutions.
In 2004 Humanscale was named by I.D. magazine as one of ten “best companies” worldwide that “help push design forward.”
Today the company is the runaway leader in that product category. But it was Humanscale’s entry into the task seating market that truly turned heads.
In 1999, Humanscale took the contract furniture industry by storm with the introduction of the Freedom chair, designed by ergonomics pioneer Niels Diffrient. The revolutionary seating solution broke new ground by combining unprecedented functionality with minimal manual controls, utilizing dynamic mechanisms that respond to the requirements of each individual user automatically. In 2009, Humanscale sold its millionth Freedom chair.
Diffrient’s design for the Liberty chair — a unique mesh seating solution introduced in 2004 — continued Freedom’s legacy, collecting a number of prestigious awards in its own right, and earning a place in the 2007 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Diffrient’s seating solutions for Humanscale have even gained attention from Hollywood, gracing the sets of a lengthy roster of hit television shows and films, including 24, Ugly Betty, Heroes, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mission: Impossible III, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Humanscale’s latest ergonomic innovations continue our history as a leader in innovative, award-winning design, including Diffrient’s latest task chair, the Diffrient World Chair, and the groundbreaking Element LED task light by Mark McKenna, currently head of Humanscale’s in-house design team.