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Winner of 10 design awards to date—including the Design Distinction Award in the prestigious ID Design Review 2000 competition—the Freedom chair by Niels Diffrient has revolutionized the task chair industry. Its weight-sensitive recline and synchronously adjustable armrests set new standards for task chair performance and functionality to keep the sitter exceptionally comfortable while also lowering the risk of long-term injury.


An industrial design legend, Niels Diffrient has been called “the granddaddy of the ergonomic revolution.”
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1)     Recline Action

As you recline, you'll maintain a near consistent eye level, while the angle between your torso and legs opens up for better body function.

2)     Contoured Cushions

The cushions are sculpted to closely follow body contours, which increase contact and decreases concentrated loads. Our optional Technogel® seat cushion maximizes weight distribution and comfort.

3)     Responsive Backrest

The pivoting backrest automatically adapts to the changing needs of your spine during recline.

4)     Synchronous Armrests

Freedom's body-friendly gel armrests move up and down together and stay with you during recline, always keeping you in supported balance.

5)     Body Fit

The seat and backrest may be independently positioned to fit your exact body size.

6)     Intelligent Mechanism

With Freedom's revolutionary counter-balance mechanism, your weight automatically balances the force required to recline the chair.  So whether you're big or small, short or tall, the recline tension is always perfectly adjusted to let you move while keeping you fully supported in all positions.


Standard Features

Self-Adjusting Recline

  • Intelligent counter-balance recline mechanism automatically provides the right amount
    of support through the full range of recline motion, regardless of user size and weight
  • No tension springs to adjust
  • No recline locks to set/release
  • During recline, the angle between torso and legs opens up for better body function
  • User maintains near-constant eye level during recline

Pivoting Backrest

  • Extra motion of the backrest during recline automatically adjusts to the changing needs
    of the spine
  • Provides up to 1” additional lumbar support when needed

Synchronous Armrests

  • Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate uneven arm positioning
  • Natural lift and release action for immediate repositioning without buttons or locks
  • 6” range of vertical motion to accommodate all users and tasks
  • Can be positioned below thigh level for close table or desk work
  • Attached to backrest so arms stay in same relation to body during recline
  • Duron arm pad for durability and comfort

Standard Cylinder

  • Provides seat height range that accommodates 95% of the population

Contoured Cushions

  • Carefully sculpted to match body contours
  • Increased contact area reduces pressure points
  • Modular for easy replacement

Body Fit

  • Size adjustable to fit more than 95% of the population
  • Adjustments for fit-to-size:
  • Seat Height: 5” adjustment range
  • Seat Depth: 2.25” adjustment range
  • Backrest/Lumbar Support Height: 3” adjustment range

Hard Casters

  • 2.5” double-wheel casters for carpeted floors


Optional Features

Dynamic Headrest

  • Position-sensitive headrest moves into place when you recline and out of the way when you sit upright
  • 5” vertical adjustment to fit all users
  • Moves in the natural arc of head/neck for perfect support through range of recline
  • Contoured to cradle the head and neck in comfort

Gel Seat Cushion

  • Non-degradable, non-compressible Technogel® layer on top of foam core
  • Provides maximum pressure distribution
  • Offers unmatched, long-term comfort

Arm Pad Option

  • Flexible Duron
  • Technogel® for optimal comfort

Cylinder Options

  • Low cylinder for small users
  • Tall cylinder for very tall users
  • High cylinder with foot ring
  • Extra-high cylinder with foot ring (Saddle seat only)

Foot Ring

  • Chrome finish
  • Height-adjustable

Caster Options

  • 2.5” soft double-wheel casters for hard floors
  • Non-rolling glides for fixed-location use
  • 2.5” locking casters


  • CAL 133-approved
    • Fireproof barrier between textile and foam
    • Fire-retardant plastics



a Seat Depth
(from face of lumbar to front of seat)
16.25"– 18.5"
b Seat Height
(floor to compressed front center of seat cushion)
16"– 21" standard
15.25"– 19" low cylinder
17"– 22.25" tall cylinder
20.5"– 28.5" high cylinder chair
c Seat Width 21"

Backrest Height
(from seat cushion to top of backrest)

  • Adjustment Range

18" - 21"

  • 3" in 0.25" increments
e Chair Width 27.25"

Armrest Height
(compressed seat cushion to top of armrest)

  • Adjustment Range

5" - 11"

  • 6" in 0.33" increments
g Armrest Length
(from face of lumbar to front of armrest)
h Distance between Armrests
(front inside edge)
20" standard
18.25" - 21.25" advanced
i Height
(no headrest)
33.5" - 41.5" standard
32.75" - 39.5" low cylinder
34.5" - 42.75" tall cylinder
38" - 49" high cylinder
j Height
(with headrest)
43" - 53" standard
42.25" - 51" low cylinder
44" - 54.25" tall cylinder
47.5" - 60.5" high cylinder
k Headrest Height Adjustment Range 5"
l Base Diameter 25"
m Foot Ring Diameter 18" or 21"
n Foot Ring Height Adjustment (from floor) 6" - 11"
o Backrest Width 21"

Scope of Users

Standard chair fits more than 95% of the office population
  • 5’0” Woman to 6'4' Man
  • 100 to 300 lbs.

Users outside the standard range can be accommodated by:

  • Low or Tall Cylinder
  • Advanced Armrests


35 lbs.

Backrest Recline

22° recline plus 7° backrest tilt

Reference Angle betwen Seat and Back

100° to 129°

Advanced Task Armrests

  • Horizontal angle change from elbow pivot point
  • 35° each armrest
  • Lockable in 5° increments
  • New arm assembly features clean aesthetic and improves efficiency of use,
    allowing the user to adjust the arms with just one hand

Headrest Radial Motion (automatic motion during recline)


Lumbar Support Increase in Recline


Warranty Information

15 Years, 24/7 Warranty
Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads:  5 Years, Single-Shift Warranty


SustainabilityFreedom task, green

We work hard to ensure that our environmental philosophy is reflected in each product we create. With our Design for Environment protocol, our designers and engineers examine the environmental impact of every choice made throughout the design process—from initial concept through final production. We invite you to read more.

A selection of sustainability highlights for Freedom Task:

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Frame Finishes

Frame Graphite Freedom Graphite Frame Titanium Freedom Titanium Frame Aluminum Freedom Polished Aluminum

Trim Finishes

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