Humanscale Freedom Ergonomic Drafting Leather High Office Chair

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Description

Designed to complement any space and integrate effortlessly into the modern office, the Freedom task chair offers comfort, style and complete ease of use. Created by Niels Diffrient and winner of more than 10 design awards, the Freedom task chair uses the laws of physics and the sitter’s body weight to provide instant, custom support for every sitter. This perfect balance allows the user to effortlessly move, but be fully supported in each position. As a result, users change postures often, which leads to a more healthy and comfortable sitting experience.

The Freedom task chair revolutionizes the way people sit. With its weight-sensitive recline and synchronously adjustable armrests, it set new standards for task chair performance and functionality. With a sculpted foam backrest to match the contours of the human body and thick cushions for long lasting comfort, it provides a custom ergonomic fit for every user.

A true design icon, the Freedom chair proves that ergonomics can be beautiful. Created by Niels Diffrient, Freedom automatically adjusts to every user. Designed to eliminate the need for manual controls, it features a sophisticated weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism. And its unique form has a timeless aesthetic that complements any workspace.

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Technical Drawing for Humanscale Freedom Chair

Specifications

Features Standard cylinder, synchronous arms, standard cushions, hard casters
Designed
  • Designed to fit 95% of the office population (5'0"-6'4" height, 100 lbs to 300 lbs weight)

  • Designed and assembled in the United States

Recline Mechanism Weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism with 20 degrees of movement
Pivoting Backrest Automatically pivoting backrest with seven-degree back tilt
Synchronous Arms Synchronous arms attach to the back frame with 5.85" vertical adjustment, adjusting seat level for up close work at a desk
Arm Length Arm length is 8.8" with 19" distance between each synchronous arm
Contoured Cushions Contoured cushions with waterfall edge and Coccyx cutout reduce pressure on lumbar and thoracic spine
Design Modular design
Handle Handle on back of chair for easy maneuvering
Headrest Dynamic headrest with 5" vertical adjustment
Warranty 15 year
Dimensions Standard: 26.75" W x 17.40"-19.85" D x 36.7"-41.5" H. Standard with Headrest: 26.75" W x 17.40"-19.85" D x 48.2"-53" H
Weight Standard: 30 lbs without arms, 34 lbs with arms. Standard with Headrest: 34 lbs without arms, 38 lbs with arms

Features

Available in two versions, the everyday Freedom Task and the executive Freedom Headrest, each chair includes the following features:

  • Distinctive design sets it apart from other task chairs and enhances any space

  • Innovative weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism cleverly uses each sitter’s body weight to perfectly adjust the tension and recline position of the chair for full support throughout movement

  • Pivoting backrest automatically moves with the user throughout the day and offers perfect lumbar comfort in all positions

  • Synchronous arms allow effortless adjustment with one hand and our unique arm design attaches to the backrest to move with the user

  • Contoured cushions are sculpted to closely follow the body’s shape and offer long-term comfort, reduce pressure points and provide exceptional weight distribution

  • Modular design allows the user to update the aesthetic of the chair and offers easy maintenance

  • A wide range of specifically created, high-performance textiles complement the chair’s unique cushion contours to maximize their comfort, performance and ergonomic function

  • The Freedom Headrest features a dynamic support that cradles the head and neck during recline, but remains neutral when in upright positions

  • Long Lasting Comfort - Freedom’s body-fitting contours ensure the user sits in comfort all day long. Our cushions are built to maximize comfort for four hours, rather than the industry standard four minutes, which is as long as a sit-test in a new chair generally lasts.

  • Effortless Recline - Freedom’s intelligent recline mechanism automatically provides custom support for every user, and encourages healthy, spontaneous movement throughout the day. Without cumbersome knobs or levers, and with no manual adjustments, Freedom task makes active sitting effortless.

  • Intuitive Adjustment - The revolutionary design of the Freedom’s backrest allows automatic pivoting to accommodate the changing needs of the spine. Its synchronous armrests stay with the user during recline, for constant support and ongoing comfort.

Designer

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.

As the pioneer of ergonomics, Niels Diffrient aimed to redefine the concept of the traditional task chair and instead design seating solutions that efficiently adapt to users, allowing them to move freely from posture to posture. Diffrient’s unique approach removed complexities found in other chairs, such as cumbersome recline levers and back tension dials. He realized that movement during recline took pressure off the user’s body, and transferred it to the back of the chair. As a result, he developed the weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism, definitively reinventing the features of modern task seating to be truly simple, beautiful and functional.

Design Story

"My idea was that, instead of sitting down and reaching for a lot of controls, that you would sit on the chair, and it would automatically balance your weight against the force required to recline." - Niels Diffrient, Designer

Eager to create a truly ergonomic task chair that adjusted to the user automatically, Niels Diffrient created Freedom, which allows the sitter to change postures effortlessly. Replacing the traditional recline mechanism with a weight-sensitive one, Diffrient’s Freedom task chair revolutionized the way people sit.

The Freedom Chair and the Environment

Like all Humanscale products, the Freedom chair was designed with a constant and genuine focus on its environmental impact at every stage of its development. For us, the best designs in the world achieve more with less, and sustainability is the natural result of this focus.

The Freedom chair’s lightweight design minimizes the environmental impact of its shipping, and its simple, modular design makes it easy to disassemble, recycle and maintain rather than replace the chair completely. The Freedom chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality, GREENGUARD Gold and level 2 certified.

Option 1: Headrest

Without Headrest

Without Headrest

Option 2: Frame

Base Graphite

Graphite

Polished Aluminum with Black Cylinder and Graphite Shell on Cushions & Armrest

Polished Aluminum with Graphite

Option 3: Textile

Grade 1 - K Lotus

Water repellant and easy to clean, Lotus is an ideal textile for the healthcare and hospitality environments. Its polyurethane finish with nylon backing boasts a soft texture that is pleasant to the touch while offering exceptional durability.

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Black (K101)

Black K101

Grade 1: K - Lotus: White (K128)

White K128

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Shale (K158)

Shale K158

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Hematite (K182)

Hematite K182

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Umber (K2C4)

Umber K2C4

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Walnut (K281)

Walnut K281

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Ochre (K302)

Ochre K302

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Verdant (K459)

Verdant K459

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Navy (K507)

Navy K507

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Plum (K603)

Plum K603

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Crocus (K608)

Crocus K608

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Eggplant (K624)

Eggplant K624

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Earth Red (K757)

Earth Red K757

Grade 1: K - Lotus: Lucky Red (K758)

Lucky Red K758

Grade 1 - CF Corde 4

Corde 4 is a four-way stretch design which moves with the sitter as they adjust positions in their chair, providing ultimate comfort. Its intricate weave structure, dimensional surface and wide array of neutral and vibrant shades are visually appealing and engaging to the touch.

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Black (CF10)

Black CF10

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Graphite (CF12)

Graphite CF12

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Dark Brown (CF21)

Dark Brown CF21

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Driftwood (CF22)

Driftwood CF22

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Balsam (CF43)

Balsam CF43

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Peacock (CF45)

Peacock CF45

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Thalo (CF52)

Thalo CF52

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Medium Gray (CF56)

Medium Gray CF56

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Navy (CF57)

Navy CF57

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Azure (CF58)

Azure CF58

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Deep Violet (CF62)

Deep Violet CF62

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Parma Red (CF78)

Parma Red CF78

Grade 1: CF - Corde 4: Pumpkin (CF86)

Pumpkin CF86

Grade 1 - FT Fourtis

Fourtis is a four-way stretch fabric that easily conforms to our cushions for the ultimate in comfort and flexibility. While still adjustable, its satin crepe weave structure is highly durable and creates a strong, high-performance fabric.

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Black (FT10)

Black FT10

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Granite (FT12)

Granite FT12

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Ash (FT16)

Ash FT16

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Alaria (FT44)

Alaria FT44

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Clover (FT49)

Clover FT49

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Nimbus (FT56)

Nimbus FT56

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Navy (FT57)

Navy FT57

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Boysenberry (FT63)

Boysenberry FT63

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Hyacinth (FT68)

Hyacinth FT68

Grade 1: FT - Fourtis: Winterberry (FT78)

Winterberry FT78

Grade 2 - F Ginkgo

Composed of 90% Wool, Ginkgo offers a pleasing texture and durability. Its subtle and elegant pattern makes this textile appropriate for a variety of environments. Ginkgo comes in vibrant and saturated colors, expanding the scope of Humanscale’s upholstery line.

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Black (F101)

Black F101

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Charcoal (F197)

Charcoal F197

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Walnut (F281)

Walnut F281

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Wheat (F315)

Wheat F315

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Green (F463)

Green F463

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Navy (F507)

Navy F507

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Storm (F556)

Storm F556

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Horizon (F568)

Horizon F568

Grade 2: F - Ginkgo: Harvest Orange (F816)

Harvest Orange F816

Grade 3 - D Sensuede

Offering style and performance, Sensuede was developed to be the best and most luxurious engineered suede available. The silky feel is the result of recycled microfibers that are breathable, extra-strong, and resistant to most stains and wrinkles.

Grade 3: D - Sensuede: Ebony (D111)

Ebony D111

Grade 3: D - Sensuede: Pewter (D115)

Pewter D115

Grade 3: D - Sensuede: Persian (D517)

Persian D517

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1 - TL Ticino

Ticino is a semi-aniline dyed leather available in a variety of rich colours inspired by nature. It is a top, corrected grain leather to create a more natural aesthetic and ensure the leather remains as unique as the hide itself. Learn More about our Chrome-Free Leather.

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Obsidian TL10

Obsidian TL10

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Umber TL21

Umber TL21

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Canyon TL22

Canyon TL22

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Charcoal TL12

Charcoal TL12

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Pebble TL11

Pebble TL11

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Sand TL31

Sand TL31

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 1: TL Ticino Glacier TL13

Glacier TL13

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3 - CL Corvara

Corvara is a semi-aniline dyed leather that offers a smooth, silky feel and ultimate durability. It is a top, full grain leather that is embossed lightly for a consistent, uniform grain structure. Learn more about our Chrome-Free Leather.

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Onyx CL10

Onyx CL10

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Java CL21

Java CL21

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Midnight CL57

Midnight CL57

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Jasper CL71

Jasper CL71

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Saddle CL23

Saddle CL23

Chrome-Free Leather Grade 3: CL Corvara Mineral CL11

Mineral CL11

Option 4: Footring

F - High 8

High 8" cylinder 20.5"-28.5" with 18" Footring

R - High 8

High 8" cylinder 20.5"-28.5" with 21" Footring

Option 5: Armrests

No Arms

Armless

Standard Duron Arms

Standard Duron Arms

Standard Duron Arms with Textile

Standard Duron Arms with Textile

Advanced Duron Arms

Advanced Duron Arms

Advanced Duron Arms with Textile

Advanced Duron Arms with Textile

Standard Duron Gel Arms

Standard Duron Gel Arms

Standard Gel Arms with Textile

Standard Gel Arms with Textile

Advanced Duron Gel Arms

Advanced Duron Gel Arms

Advanced Gel Arms with Textile

Advanced Gel Arms with Textile

Option 6: Seat Cushion

Standard Foam Seat

Standard Foam Seat

Gel Seat

Gel Seat

Option 7: Casters - Wheels

Standard Hard Casters

Standard Hard Casters

Soft Casters

Soft Casters

Glides

Glides

Locking Casters

Locking Casters

Option 8: Base Style

Standard Matching Base

Standard Matching Base

Powder-coated Aluminum Base

Powder-coated Aluminum Base

Polished Aluminum Base

Polished Aluminum Base

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the seat height range for this chair? Answer: The seat height range is 20.5 " - 28.5".
Model Freedom Drafting
Manufacturer Humanscale
Part Number Freedom Drafting
Chair Width 27.25"
Base Width 25"
Height 20"
Weight Standard: 30 lbs without arms, 34 lbs with arms. Standard Headrest: 38 lbs with arms, 34 lbs without arms
Dimensions Standard: 26.75" W x 17.40-19.85" D x 36.7-41.5" H. Standard Headrest: 26.75" W x 17.40-19.85" D x 48.2-53" H
User Height 5' to 6'4"
User Weight 100 to 300 lbs
Warranty 15 years

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Limited Warranty

Humanscale offers the following warranties on its products, subject to any exclusions and limitations as set forth below:

Product Warranty
Customer’s Own Material (COM, COL) No Warranty
Switch Mouse 1 Year, 24/7 Warranty
Technology Products 3 Years, Limited Warranty
Element Series Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Horizon Series Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Diffrient Series Lights 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Float Table, (Mechanical) 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
eFloat and Electric Float 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
QuickStand Sit/Stand Workstation, QuickStand Lite, QuickStand Eco, QuickStand Underdesk 5 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads 5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty
M2, M/Flex & Para/Flex Monitor Arms 15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M4, M7 & M8 Monitor Arms with Gas Cylinder Components 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Ballo Stool 3 Years, Single-Shift Warranty
Vessel Lights 10 Years, 24/7 Warranty, 3 Years 24/7 Warranty for the power supply driver
M/Connect 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M/Power 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
M/Connect 2 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Monarch Mat 3 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Office IQ 1 Year, 24/7 Warranty
All other seating and products detailed in a current Humanscale Price Guide, unless otherwise specified 15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
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Modifying or tampering with any part of the base of the Float Table will render the warranty void. The warranty on the Float Table applies to the base and work surface if the table top is provided by Humanscale, and only to base if the table top is provided by a third-party, provided that the third-party table top meets the following requirements: (i) has a depth of 36" or less, (ii) has a width of 72" or less, and (iii) the total weight load including work surface is no more than 130 lbs for the standard base and no more than 160 lbs for the heavy duty base.

Note: Ballo is not a task chair. It has not passed the BIFMA or European EN standards for office seating. The Ballo in an exercise chair that is designed for dynamic seating and frequent movement. All Ballo instructions should be followed to ensure a comfortable experience.

Modifying or tampering with any part of the base of the eFloat or electric Float will render the warranty void. The warranty on the eFloat and electric Float applies to the base and work surface if the table top is provided by Humanscale, and only to base if the table top is provided by a third-party, provided that the third-party table top meets the following requirements: (i) has a depth of 36" or less, (ii) has a width of 72" or less, and (iii) a total weight load including work surface of no more than 200 lbs.

The warranties for the Vessel lights exclude labor and other costs associated with the installation and/or removal of the lights from ceilings, walls, fixtures, etc. Further, Humanscale has no warranty obligations if the product is affected by internal or external environmental conditions (including but not limited to water, moisture, outdoor use, or temperature damage), power fluctuations, improper power supply, or if the product is not installed and used in compliance will all applicable standards and electrical codes.

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In the event a product or product part is defective in material or workmanship during the warranty period, and Humanscale receives written notice of the defect within the warranty period, Humanscale will determine with customer if the defect is covered under warranty. Humanscale, at its option, may repair or replace the defective product or product part determined to be under warranty with the same or comparable product or product part as determined by Humanscale, at customer’s location or at a designated Humanscale location. The labor costs associated with the repair of the product or product part may be the responsibility of Humanscale if the product or product part is determined to be under warranty. Humanscale must pre-approve the labor costs prior to the repair or replacement of warranty products or product parts. Customer must contact Humanscale to obtain a Return Authorization through the Humanscale Customer Service Department. Performance of any repair or replacement does not renew or extend the warranty period. If, after examining and testing a returned product or product part, Humanscale determines that the product or product part is not defective, Humanscale will notify customer and return the product or product part to customer. Customer will be responsible for the freight charges associated with the return of non-defective products or product parts. To return a product or product part for repair that is not covered by warranty, Customer must request a Return Authorization through the Humanscale Customer Service Department. Customer will bear the costs of labor and freight charges associated with non-warranty repair. Customer will be charged a standard repair fee, specific to the product, for any product that is repaired outside of the warranty period. Repairs on products out of warranty also carry a 90-day warranty, effective the day that Customer receives the repaired product or product part. For products that are not covered under warranty: Customer may upgrade to a newer, functionally equivalent product at the list price; the product or product part will be returned to Customer; or Customer can request in writing that Humanscale dispose of the product or product part for Customer, in which case a fee may apply as designated by local law.

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