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Diffrient World Chair

Range Description

Diffrient World marks Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task seating. Like its mesh-backed forerunner, Liberty, the Diffrient World chair's tri-panel backrest hugs the body to provide tailor-made lumbar support, while its mesh seat eliminates contact stress under the thighs. But Diffrient World’s major innovation is its mechanism-free recline action, which leverages two parts of the chair’s frame and the laws of physics to provide automatic, balanced support throughout the full range of recline. No chair is more intuitive, creating the ultimate user-friendly sitting experience.

Designed by Niels Diffrient
Manufactured by Humanscale, USA

Physical Characteristics

  • Non-stretch, tri-panel mesh back
  • Non-stretch mesh seat
  • Optional upholstered polyurethane foam seat cushion

External Frame
  • Injection-molded, structural, integral color glass-filled Nylon 6

Stored Energy Devices
  • Pneumatic cylinder for adjustable seat height

Optional Foot Ring
  • Chrome-plated steel

Currently a non-stocking model. On Order Basis.

1. Can the Diffrient World chair be ordered with adjustable arms?
Yes, the Diffrient World chair currently comes with fixed arms, adjustable arms, and an armless model.

2. Why is non-stretch mesh preferable to stretchy mesh? Wouldn't stretchy mesh be more comfortable?
A single panel of stretchy mesh pulled tight around a frame cannot be contoured to the shape of the human back, and therefore cannot provide adequate lumbar support. This leads to discomfort over time. Non-stretch mesh displaces instead of stretches, and provides support for users of all sizes.

3. Are the mesh textiles for the Diffrient World chair gentle on clothing?
Each of our mesh textiles was specifically designed to be gentle on your clothes. Unique to our industry, Humanscale performs a reverse Wyzenbeek test on all of our mesh textiles to ensure that they will not damage clothing. We look at how our mesh abrades three different clothing textiles compared to a standard #10 cotton duck as the abradent. These results show that our mesh textiles are far gentler on your clothing than cotton duck.

4. I would like to test a Diffrient World chair before I purchase one. Where can I go to see the chair?

To find a showroom near you, please visit our "Contact" section or call 800-BAFCO.

5. Can a mesh-backed chair provide adequate lumbar support?
Like its mesh-backed predecessor, Liberty, the Diffrient World chair uses Form-Sensing Mesh Technology to provide perfect lumbar support for everyone automatically - without the need for manual adjustments or external lumbar devices. With Diffrient World, three panels of non-stretch mesh are sewn together to create a contoured shape optimized for the human back, creating ultimate body-hugging support.

6. Why are there no levers or controls under the seat of the Diffrient World chair?
The Diffrient World chair is the ultimate user-friendly task chair. It features just two manual controls, for seat height and seat depth. All other controls are intuitive, so there is no need for levers and other controls under the seat.

Key Features

Self-Adjusting Recline
  • Mechanism-free counter-balance recline action 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 additional lumbar support as needed

Form-Sensing Mesh
  • Tri-panel, non-stretch mesh construction creates body-fitting contours and self-adjusting lumbar support for a customized fit
  • No external lumbar devices to adjust, break or lose
  • Low-abrasion mesh protects clothing
  • Modular for easy replacement and upgrades

Non-Stretch Mesh Seat

  • Automatically sculpts to match body contours
  • Cradles the body in flexible, breathable mesh
  • Frameless front edge eliminates contact stress under the thighs

Standard Cylinder

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

Body Fit
  • Size adjustable to fit 95% of the population
  • Form-sensing mesh provides perfect lumbar support—automatically
  • Manual adjustments for fit-to-size:
  • Seat Height: 5” (127mm) adjustment range
  • Seat Depth: 3.5” (89mm) adjustment range

  • 3” (76mm) standard hard casters

The Diffrient World chair is a great example of Humanscale's environmental purpose.

  • Made predominantly of glass-filled Nylon 6
  • Contains 34% recycled content (10% post-consumer, 24% pre-consumer)
  • 99% recyclable
  • Weighs only 25 lbs. (the lightest chair in its class)
  • Made of only 8 major components and 80 total parts
  • Modular parts for easy upgrades and replacements
  • Designed for easy disassembly
  • Ships in 85% recycled packaging, or blanket-wrapped when feasible
  • 15-year 24/7 warranty for long life of service
  • Greenguard Certified

Earn LEED Credits

The Diffrient World chair can help building projects achieve valuable LEED credits.
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