Humanscale Cinto to Ship in 2007

Award-Winning Stacking Chair Fills Gap for Moderately Priced Ergo Seating


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK — Humanscale’s much-anticipated award-winning Cinto chair will begin shipping in late 2007. The innovative and environmentally conscious stacking chair fills a gap for ergonomically designed seating in the low- to mid-priced category.

Cinto’s novel and patent-pending design and manufacturing innovations set a new bar for value-priced ergonomic seating. While most stacking chairs are not conducive to hours of sitting, Cinto provides all-day comfort by flexing and bending with the body. Spanish for “belt,” Cinto features a backrest that is attached to the chair's frame via a flexible belt, allowing the backrest to move with the body to provide ample recline and automatic lumbar support for the vast majority of users. In addition, Cinto’s seat pan features a pattern of surface cutouts that flex independently under the sitting bones to evenly distribute the sitter's weight and reduce pressure points.

Cinto is available in a variety colors to complement any color scheme, and can be configured with or without armrests, with a sled base, or with four legs on either glides or casters. List pricing for the sleek stacker will start at $215.

Created with the environment in mind, Cinto is 100% recyclable. It is made of a steel tube frame, elastomer belt, and injection-molded polypropylene seat and back, and is designed for quick and easy disassembly. Molded into the bottom of each Cinto is a phone number that owners may call when their chair reaches the end of its life. Humanscale will retrieve the chair and evaluate its metal components for re-use or recycling, while the plastic components will be recycled for use in new Cinto chairs.

Developed by the Humanscale Design Studio—a team of more than a dozen international designers and engineers led by Design Director Manuel Saez—Cinto takes advantage of cutting-edge manufacturing technology to realize its revolutionary ergonomic design, setting a new bar for high-performance stacking chairs.

The 2007 International Design Awards declared Humanscale’s Cinto its Product Design of the Year. In addition, the stacking chair was an iDA First Category Winner and first place finisher in the Interior Furniture category. The iDA chose winners from nearly 1,000 applicants from about 50 countries and will feature each in the 2007 iDA design book. The Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization also recognized Cinto in 2007 with a Good Design Award in its Product Design category. Japan’s only evaluation and award program recognizing design, this top nod draws consumer attention to products that improve lives and advance industrial activity. Cinto also received Honorable Mention in the Furniture category in I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review.

In 2006, Cinto earned a GOOD DESIGN™ Award in the Furniture category from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The international award program recognizes designers and manufacturers for advancing new and innovative product concepts, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design. Cinto also earned a Buildings magazine Editors’ Choice – Top Product Pick for 2007. Buildings’ editorial staff and a panel of facilities professionals evaluated thousands of products for the Editors’ Choice feature; Cinto was among the select 100 to receive the Top Product Pick designation.

For more information about Humanscale and the company’s full range of 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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