Humanscale Enters Height-Adjustable Desking Market with Float

Next-Generation Height-Adjustable Table Debuts at NeoCon 2011


Karen Brooking

NEW YORK, June 13, 2011 —Humanscale will debut Float™―a next-generation, height-adjustable, sit-stand table—at NeoCon 2011. This revolutionary product is named for the way in which it very nearly “floats” into position when it is moved either up or down, providing simple adjustment with minimal and constant force.  In developing Float, Humanscale has ventured into―and reset the standards for―an important product category.

Height-adjustable work surfaces such as Float are greatly beneficial to users’ health, as they encourage a combination of sitting and standing. Research shows that sitting for a prolonged period of time is a public health risk that cannot be offset by exercise, while standing all day is not considered a perfect solution, either, as it can cause discomfort and swelling in the legs and feet. Alternating between sit and stand positions is therefore considered to be the most effective way to maintain health and comfort, as it allows different body parts to rest in intervals, and at the same time discourages static postures.

Float meets the demands of healthier work environments with an unprecedented combination of height adjustability, weight accommodation, ease of use, and safety, along with streamlined good looks. With a unique counterbalance mechanism, Float enables easy, one-hand counterbalance weight adjustment, and constant-force height adjustment for ergonomic sit-stand usage. Float is also built with safety measures to prevent the possibility of injury―its innovative safety feature only allows adjustment when the desktop and contents are properly counterbalanced.
Built for ergonomic use, Float provides an industry-leading 20 inches of height adjustability. And its unique counterbalance mechanism handles the widest weight range in the industry—zero to 170 pounds of desktop weight (excluding the tabletop)—without tools, costly maintenance or added parts. Additionally, Float accommodates a range of tabletop widths from 42 inches to 72 inches, to meet unique and common specifications alike, and can be used with any manufacturer’s table tops to ensure aesthetic consistency with any installed or specified systems furniture.
With a 15-year, 24/7 warranty, Float’s sturdy construction meets BIFMA requirements for load and capacity. This is achieved without the clunky cross-beams found on most current-generation height-adjustable tables, which often obstruct leg space and impact the aesthetic.

Minimal and streamlined, Float fully embodies Humanscale’s design philosophy of doing more with less. Its architectural lines complement its exceptionally sophisticated functionality. Float’s understated form—not to mention its White, Silver or Black finish options—enhances any work environment.

Built for a long, serviceable life and limited carbon footprint, Float is made predominantly of recyclable steel and aluminum and is designed with minimal parts and manufacturing processes. Float will be available for purchase in November 2011 with a U.S. list price starting at $1999.

For more information about Humanscale’s ergonomic solutions, visit  or call 800-400-0625.

About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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