Office Chair Review: Humanscale Diffrient World Ergonomic Task Chair
Scheduled Release Date: August 2009.
Estimated MSRP: Starting at $750.00
What we thought:
Elegant and simple. Humanscale told us that was the goal with the chair, and it seems they have mostly achieved this. Like true Humanscale fashion, the World Chair, designed by famous Humanscale designer Niels Diffrient, the chair is ridiciously simple to adjust – only height adjustment and a seat slider are available, but for most users, it’s only what is needed.
Before I get into how great of a chair is was, let me go over what I felt was the not so lovely element of the chair – the lumbar. As with the Liberty, the mesh is very nice, and very conforming, however, it does not provide adequate lumbar support for people with lumbar issues. It certainly won’t be causing any lumbar pain for non-sufferers, but it won’t be solving any chronic back problems either. But that is to be expected when a chair, especially a task chair, is designed to fit a large majority of the populace.
Despite the lumbar issue for a lower back pain sufferer like myself, I did find the chair overwhelmingly comfortable. It did fit me right, and I’d be able to sit in it comfortable for 8 hours a day (if I committed to interval periods of back stretches, which is not a bad thing). The mesh, as previously mentioned, is the Libery mesh, which is comfortable, soft, and springy. The front egde on the seat takes the waterfall front seat style to a new level – there is no frame on the front edge of the seat, meaning there is absolutely no pressure on the thighs – this is a great thing. The seat can also be upholstered to match the look of the Liberty, as well.
The backrest pivots, meaning that it has motion within the recline motion itself of the chair. This essentially means your back will never be in a static position, a key factor in Humanscale’s treatment of ergonomics, and a nice feature indeed. The armrests are attached to said backrest, so they move with the chair’s recline motion and match the overall style of the frame, which comes with fixed arms, adjustable arms or no arms options.
Speaking of the frame, it comes in black or white, the latter which looks very contemporary yet art deco – stylish and sleek, to say the least.
As an added bonus, the chair weighs a measly 25 punds, and that is a good thing. It is easily movable and adjustable, and wieghs less using 97% recycable content, meaning it is very green. Despite its slim profile, the chair can hold users up to 300 lbs – considering most task chairs only rate up to 250 lbs and weigh twice as much, that is also a very good thing!
Overall, the chair is a winner. When judging and reviewing any chair, we take into account the value of said chair, namely, what do you get for what you pay for? After all, that is the most important thing with a chair. The Humanscale Diffrient World Chair, while not cheap, does represent a great value proposition in the high end seating market. Compared with other ergonomic office chairs in its class range, the Diffrient world chair looks to be in a world of its own!