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December 2016

Humanscale’s chairs, workstations and lighting offer the latest in workplace comfort

As the traditional workplace undergoes rapid transformation, Humanscale is developing solutions that will change the way people work.

The company, a pioneer in design, ergonomics and innovation, has recently come up with solutions incorporating the latest developments in technology and engineering. Each offering is also marked by Humanscale’s core design values, including inherent simplicity, functionality and ease of use.

Among such solutions is a new category of lighting, the Vessel light designed by Todd Bracher. Offering the benefits of both quality architectural lighting and decorative lighting, Vessel yields itself to a new category coined by Humanscale as performance lighting.

Made from the highest quality quartz crystal, Vessel provides beautiful, glare-free light in a simple, refined form. “Rather than taking a stylistic approach to lighting, Vessel was designed with a focus on physics and optical engineering, and emerged from the aim to achieve the highest possible quality of light,” says a spokesperson for the company. “It offers perfect diffusion, is well balanced, and has a high colour rendering — resulting in a light that is functional and pure.”

Meanwhile, the company has expanded the choice of colours offered for its Horizon Colours range of lights. 

“Created by Peter Stathis, Michael McCoy and the Humanscale design studio, the Horizon light, an award-winning, iconic design is now available in new colours,” says the spokesperson. 

“These are a perfect complement to the line’s high-performance and inherent functionality, making it an ideal solution for any residential, corporate or hospitality interior,” he adds. 

 

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Chairs

Humanscale has also expanded its range of chairs with the launch of Trea, QuickStand Lite, M/Connect, and the Diffrient Occasional and Diffrient Smart chairs.

The Trea chair features a sophisticated design that embodies versatility and represents the next generation of multipurpose seating. Inspired by the simplest of nature’s structures, Bracher designed it to mimic the instinctive recline of the human body and embrace the sitter in a supportive shell. Three interchangeable base options and a variety of seat upholstery options will be available by the end of this year.

For users in need of a multi-purpose, cantilever stacking chair suitable for a variety of office settings, Humanscale offers the Diffrient Occasional chairs designed by ergonomics pioneer Niels Diffrient. Each of the three variations – designed to complement Humanscale’s Liberty, Diffrient Smart, and Diffrient World task chairs – uses a tri-panel backrest made with proprietary non-stretch mesh to create a three-dimensional form that fits like a tailored shirt, providing support in all positions. Their contoured seat cushions follow the natural shape of the human body for optimal comfort.

The Diffrient Smart chair combines Humanscale’s signature weight-sensitive recline, form-sensing mesh technology and ultimate ease of use in a form that complements high design environments. Its patented recline mechanism allows users to freely move from posture to posture without making any manual adjustments. The chair features strong, clean lines and a unique U-shaped design on its back.

 

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Humanscale solutions aim to change the way people work.

 

Workstations

Completing its range of innovations for the workspace is QuickStand Lite, winner of the acclaimed Red Dot Best of the Best 2016, which has been expertly designed to make sit/stand solutions accessible to everyone by transforming any fixed-height desk into an active one, according to the spokesperson. 

Easily incorporated into an existing setting, this height-adjustable workstation features an adjustable keyboard platform and monitor arm to make transitions between postures easy, seamless and intuitive — encouraging movement at work, says the spokesperson.

Another useful addition to Humanscale’s portfolio is M/Connect, a powerful workspace connectivity hub that provides universal connectivity with a small footprint. It offers easy access to user ports and conceals IT connections and cords with its unique cable management system. 

Consisting of two levels, M/Connect’s USB hub resides on the work surface and provides three USB ports plus a combo headphone/microphone jack directly in front of the user. The under-surface dock includes three USB ports, an HDMI and DisplayPort connection for video, and a Gigabit Ethernet port for the network/Internet connectivity. 

“The result is a unique, all-in-one monitor arm base and USB 3.0, dual-video docking station designed to support workers in an active, adaptive workspace,” he adds.

Humanscale is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Through leveraging new technology in functional yet minimal designs, it transforms traditional offices into active, intelligent workspaces. Committed to making a net positive impact on Earth, Humanscale offers award-winning products that deliver performance, simplicity and longevity.




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