In 10 short years since first entering the task seating market, Humanscale has become one of the world's top three manufacturers of high-performance task chairs—no small feat considering our two nearest competitors are more than 10 times our size. We became a market leader the only way we could: By offering a significantly better quality product.
Since our start in 1983, Humanscale has built a solid reputation—and amassed an impressive trophy collection—as a design and innovation leader. Our mission is to develop high-performance ergonomic office tools that solve functional problems as simply and elegantly as possible, allowing users to adjust work tools to how they actually work, and not the other way around.
Humanscale made the 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. Today, we are the leader in that product category. But it was Humanscale’s entry into the task seating arena that cemented our status as a true market leader. In 1999, Humanscale took the contract furniture industry by storm with the introduction of the Freedom chair, created by renowned ergonomics designer Niels Diffrient. The revolutionary seating solution broke new ground by combining unprecedented functionality with minimal manual controls, using 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 our seating success, collecting a number of prestigious awards in its own right, and earning a place in the 2007 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The launch of Liberty in part contributed to Humanscale being named by I.D. magazine as one of ten “best companies” worldwide that “help push design forward.”
Humanscale’s seating solutions, as well as our other products such as task lights and monitor arms, have even gained attention from Hollywood, gracing the sets of hit television shows and films including The Newsroom, New Girl, 24, Ugly Betty, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mission: Impossible III and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Humanscale’s latest ergonomic solutions continue our legacy as a leader in innovative, award-winning design, including Diffrient’s latest task chair, Diffrient Smart, and the groundbreaking Element Disc LED task light by the Humanscale Design Studio.