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Diffrient World is Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task
seating. Designer Niels Diffrient wanted to create the most minimal,
full-function task chair ever made. With an innovative tri-panel mesh
backrest that provides custom back and lumbar support and a lightweight
design, Diffrient World is, like all of Humanscale’s products, simple,
beautiful and functional. The design eliminates the need for traditional
mechanisms, instead using the laws of physics and the sitter’s body
weight to offer perfect recline for each individual sitter. Diffrient
World offers the ultimate user-friendly sitting experience.
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.
High Performance - Ultimate Simplicity - Simplicity is at the core of Humanscale products. Each of our designs is incredibly easy to use with the fewest parts and controls possible. All this is achieved while offering the highest levels of performance and functionality. That commitment to simplicity led to the development of Diffrient World: a high-performance task chair that fits one or 1,000 users. From design legend Niels Diffrient, the Diffrient World chair features an unprecedented combination of performance, sustainability and simplicity in a task seating solution.
Simplicity: For the User - The Diffrient World chair has just two manual settings - one each for seat height and seat depth. All other fittings and adjustments are automatic. With its weight-sensitive recline, the Diffrient World chair automatically supports every user at every recline position. And its Form-Sensing Mesh Technology provides tailor-made lumbar support without external devices or manual controls. That means we’ve replaced knobs, levers and instructions with effortless ergonomic comfort.
Simplicity: For the Organization - In stark contrast to other chairs, which require many adjustments, Diffrient World achieves the pinnacle of simplicity of function. Users can take full advantage of its ergonomic benefits the moment they sit down, without even thinking about it. So instead of managing chair training for today’s and tomorrow’s employees, organizations can focus on managing their business. And with just eight major parts, Diffrient World is built to last. Requiring minimal maintenance, Diffrient World comes with a 15-year 24/7 warranty. In other words, the chair’s simplicity reduces the need for ongoing maintenance and repairs, making it even easier for an organization to own.
Simplicity: For the Environment - Weighing as little as 30 pounds and made of one-third the parts of traditional task chairs, the Diffrient World chair requires far less raw material and fewer manufacturing processes and that means less extraction, energy, waste, shipping and disposal associated with its lifecycle. And its modular design allows for easy in-field upgrades and part replacements, thereby extending its already long serviceable life. By the way, we have a plan to find the best use for the Diffrient World chair when it’s time for disposal.
|Designed for||Users up to 300 lbs|
|Total Major Parts||8|
|Total Number of Parts||31|
|Certified by||BIFMA level and GREENGUARD|
|Contribute||May contribute to a number of LEED-CI, -NC and -EB credits|
|Chair Width||25.75" Arms / 21" Armless|
|Seat Height Range||14" - 30.75"|
|Recline Range||17° recline + 8° backrest tilt|
|Chair Weight||28 lbs arms / 24 lbs armless|
Features & Innovations
1. Self-Adjusting Recline
Revolutionary mechanism-free design harnesses the laws of physics and the user’s body weight
Automatically provides appropriate support and resistance regardless of user’s size
No unnecessary recline locks or tension springs to set or adjust
User maintains near-constant eye level during recline
2. Pivoting Backrest
Extra backrest motion automatically adjusts to changing needs of the spine
Adapts automatically to provide additional lumbar support as needed
3. Form-Sensing Mesh Technology
Tri-panel, non-stretch mesh construction creates body-fitting contours and self-adjusting lumbar support for an automatic, customized fit
No external lumbar devices to adjust, break or lose
Low-abrasion mesh protects clothing
4. Mesh Seat
Frameless front edge eliminates contact stress behind the knee
Low-abrasion mesh protects clothing
Optional upholstered seat
Adjustable or fixed armrests connect to the backrest instead of the seat to stay with the body during recline
Armless model also available
6. Body Fit
Size-adjustable to fit widest range of body sizes
Automatically customizes recline resistance and lumbar support for every user
Size-to-fit settings for seat height and seat depth
Optional height-adjustable armrests for custom arm support
Standard casters for hard surfaces
Optional soft casters or glides
Invisible Recline Mechanism - Diffrient World uses the laws of physics and harnesses the user’s body weight to automatically provide the right amount of recline for every individual, every time. Its groundbreaking mechanism-free recline action leverages two parts of the chair’s frame to provide automatic, balanced support throughout the full range of motion for maximum support.
Responsive Bracket - Diffrient developed the chair’s back using the laws of physics, which eliminates the requirement for a separate lumbar support, which tends to create a pressure point and requires manual adjustment. With patented Form Sensing Mesh Technology, the backrest perfectly conforms to the sitter’s entire back as if custom made for them.
Sitting on Air - A truly lightweight chair, Diffrient World replaces the standard cushion seat with a low-abrasion, non-stretch mesh. To maximize comfort, Diffrient eliminated the front edge of the chair, solving a perennial problem of hard edges placing pressure on the knees and contact stress behind the thighs, allowing long-term comfort and total supports for every sitter.
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.
"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.
Option 1: Armrests
Fixed Duron Arms
Fixed Duron Arms w/ Matching Textile
Height Adjustable Duron Arms
Height Adjustable Duron Arms w/ Matching Textile
Option 2: Frame
Option 3: Mesh Color and Style
M - Monofilament Stripe
Made specifically for our tri-panel, mesh-backed chairs, Monofilament Stripe has an elastic composition that achieves strength through its distinctive weave structure to provide unmatched support. Its classic stripe pattern is available in various striking colors. Using only monofilament yarns that are thin and strong, a simple but classic stripe pattern is achieved through weave structure and yarn placement. This pattern has slight elasticity but terrific memory.
C - Silver Check
Woven with monofilament and silver-plated yarns, Silver Check has a subtle metallic shimmer that creates a sophisticated finish to any chair. This non-stretch mesh is flexible and strong, providing ergonomic support to every user. This unique translucent pattern is achieved using monofilament and a silver-plated yarn spun with polyester at its core. More than simply an aesthetic choice, the silver-plated yarn gives the textile flexibility and strength.
N - Pinstripe
Inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge, Pinstripe explores the idea of "suspension." Composed of two Monofilament stretch yarns, Pinstripe helps the chair’s tri-panel backrest cradle the user’s body and features a floating line of color for a distinctive aesthetic. Designed specifically to work with the Diffrient World Chair, this lightweight fabric provides the strength and support of a much heavier mesh by using two different monofilament stretch yarns to provide proper support.
A - Dash
Named for the way color dashes across the surface of this textile, Dash was designed to resemble embroidery floss. It maintains a strong, responsive and lightweight composition to accommodate the user’s every move. Designed to resemble embroidery floss, Dash is stronger, more responsive, lighter weight and uses less material than most mesh textiles. It gives the user support, comfort and ease of movement, while meeting Humanscale’s seating requirements.
J - Catena
Catena features a pure, clean weave - free of any additional patterns or motifs - in colors inspired by the rich hues of spices, which allow the chair to seamlessly integrate into its setting. It’s simple aesthetic makes it a classic design choice for modern and contemporary environments. Catena’s dense and rich hues are inspired by the vibrant spice markets of India. When used as a backrest textile, this proprietary non-stretch mesh provides a customized lumbar support through its tri-panel patented design that fits the user like a tailored shirt.
Option 4: 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 - 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 - 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 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 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.
Option 5: Seat Height - Cylinders
Standard 5" Cylinder
Low 3.75" Cylinder
Tall 5" Cylinder
High 8" Cylinder with 18" footring
Option 6: Casters - Wheels
Standard Hard Casters
Option 7: Base Metal Accent
Polished Aluminum Base
|Chair Width||25.75" Arms/ 21" Armless|
|Seat Height||Range 14" - 30.75"|
|Recline Range||17° recline + 8° backrest tilt|
|Chair Weight||28 lbs arms/ 24 lbs armless|
|Weight Capacity||Up to 300 lbs|
|Frame Color||Black, Gray, White|
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by Teri L, Illinois
Humanscale offers the following warranties on its products, subject to any exclusions and limitations as set forth below:
|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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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.
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