Since it’s start in 1983, Humanscale has built a solid reputation—and amassed an impressive trophy collection—as a design and innovation leader. It’s 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.