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Freedom Chair


+ Described by The New York Times as "the gold standard in office seating," the Freedom chair redefines the concept of traditional task chairs

+ 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 the 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

High-performance textiles complement the chair’s unique cushion contours to maximize their comfort, performance, and ergonomic function

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

+ Minimal assembly required. 15-year limited warranty on frame, 3-Year warranty on arms, and 5-Year warranty on textiles and mesh materials.

+ Freedom is Living Product Certified, meeting the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria to date.

Humanscale meet the highest environmental standards


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.

About the designer

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 the 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.  


Fourtis is a four-way stretch fabric with a satin crepe weave structure, that easily conforms to our cushions for ultimate comfort and durability. Designed by Elizabeth Whelan

Corde 4 is a four-way stretch fabric available in a wide array of shades, provides ultimate ergonomic comfort as it moves with users when they adjust positions. Designed by Elizabeth Whelan. 

Fabric Durability

Humanscale has a steadfast commitment to creating products that will stand the test of time. Developed to endure the constant movement of the sitter, our fabrics feature durable properties that support users of all shapes and sizes. Rigorously tested, our textiles are backed by a robust warranty and guarantee the same, brilliant aesthetic and performance on day 1,000 as on day one.

Fabric Sustainability

At Humanscale, we believe that the well-being of our customers, employees, and planet ranks as more important than our short-term income. Because of this belief, we strive to create products that are free from formaldehyde, PVC, stain-resistant coating, or Chrome 6 in our products.


Designed to fit 95% of the office population, 5’0” - 6’4” height, 100 - 300 lbs. weight

• Weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism with 20 degrees of movement

• Automatically pivoting backrest with seven-degree back tilt

• Synchronous arms attach to the back frame with 150mm (6”) vertical adjustment, adjusting seat level for up-close work at a desk

• Arm length is 13” with 20” distance between each synchronous arm

• Contoured cushions with waterfall edge and coccyx cutout reduce pressure on the lumbar and thoracic spine

• Handle on back of the chair for easy maneuvering

• Dimensions for the Freedom Task: W: 27.25” x D: 16.25“- 18.5” x H: 33.5”- 41.5” Weight: 42.9 lbs. 

The Freedom Headrest also offers: 

• Dynamic headrest with 125mm (5”) vertical adjustment

• Dimensions: W: 27.25” x D: 16.25“- 18.5” x H: 43”- 53” Weight: 49.1 lbs.

Quickship models offer:

  • Graphite frame color
  • Black or Graphite upholstery in Corde 4 or Fourtis fabric
  • Height Adjustable Duron arms
  • Foam seat pan
  • Standard hard casters
  • 5” gas cylinder 

For further details, download the Freedom Brochure the headrest and chair assembly instructions.

Chair Sustainability

Saving the planet, one product at a time. 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. Freedom is Living Product Certified, meeting the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria to date. This means that Freedom is climate, water, and energy positive. Every time we make these products the planet is better off. With a mission to create a healthier world, we are proud that over 60% of our products are certified net positive. The Freedom chair is also GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality, GREENGUARD Gold, and level® 2 certified. Download the Freedom sustainability report.  

Shipping & Returns

The chair ships within 12 business days.

Return Policy

Humanscale accepts no returns on their chairs. 


15-year limited warranty on frame, 3-Year warranty on arms, and 5-Year warranty on textiles and mesh materials.

Freight Claims

Freight Claims must be filed within 2 calendar days from the date of delivery. Pictures of damaged goods and the original cartons are required and must accompany the claim.