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Diffrient Smart

Designed by Niels Diffrient

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The Diffrient Smart chair is an intelligent mesh task chair with a striking linear aesthetic that complements any environment. Engineered to provide automatic lumbar support for every user, as well as simplicity and ease of use, Diffrient Smart offers comfort, style and flexibility. Diffrient Smart was created by designer Niels Diffrient and, like Humanscale’s Liberty and Diffrient World chairs, uses Humanscale’s revolutionary Form-Sensing Mesh Technology and mechanism-free recline for perfect support for every user.

Diffrient Smart

Designed by Niels Diffrient

(6)

The Diffrient Smart chair is an intelligent mesh task chair with a striking linear aesthetic that complements any environment. Engineered to provide automatic lumbar support for every user, as well as simplicity and ease of use, Diffrient Smart offers comfort, style and flexibility. Diffrient Smart was created by designer Niels Diffrient and, like Humanscale’s Liberty and Diffrient World chairs, uses Humanscale’s revolutionary Form-Sensing Mesh Technology and mechanism-free recline for perfect support for every user.

The Diffrient Smart chair is an intelligent mesh task chair with a striking linear aesthetic that complements any environment. Engineered to provide automatic lumbar support for every user, as well as simplicity and ease of use, Diffrient Smart offers comfort, style and flexibility. Diffrient Smart was created by designer Niels Diffrient and, like Humanscale’s Liberty and Diffrient World chairs, uses Humanscale’s revolutionary Form-Sensing Mesh Technology and mechanism-free recline for perfect support for every user.

Diffrient Smart is a minimal mesh task chair that is a striking addition to any modern office thanks to its linear, geometric design that easily integrates into any environment. With a unique U-shaped back and minimal lines, Diffrient Smart also features arm rests that are attached to the back of the chair, so they move with the user for dynamic support. Its brushed aluminum finish ensures Smart’s longevity, while its automatic recline support every individual that sits in it. Diffrient Smart’s revolutionary tri-panel mesh backrest offers instant support and allows the user to engage in healthy, ergonomic postures.

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WARRANTY

Seating – Industry-leading 15 Years Warranty
All Fabric/Cushions/Arm Pads – 5 Years Warranty
Ballo Stool – 3 Years Warranty 

RETURNS

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PRODUCT CARE

To clean chair arm pads and bases use mild liquid soap and water. Gently wipe thoroughly with a soft cloth to remove dirt and stains. Dry gently with a dry soft cloth.

Download detailed leather care and stain removal instructions (PDF).

REVIEWS
  • Minimalist Design with Maximum Comfort
    Within minutes of switching my standard computer store desk chair with a Diffrient chair, the pressure in my back and shoulders went away! It's surprising that for such a simple looking chair, it provides the most comfort, quickly and instantly, since you don't have to spend time adjusting a bunch of knobs and levers. The mesh on the seat back conforms to your shape to give you the best lumbar support; being taller than average, its finally nice to have a chair with a lumbar support that sits in the correct spot! Due to its simplicity and ease of conformity, this chair is perfect for common area spaces, or co-working environments, where many different types of bodies would be sitting in it.
    Candice A.
  • Amazing comfort
    for those who sit in a chair all day.. There is no other chair...
    Paul F.
  • Fantastic, durable and incredibly adjustable chair
    This chair was well worth it. I purchased the higher chair that allows for vertical adjustments you can't find in another chair. The design is also a fresh modern look with a nice color accent.
    Scott Z.
  • Most comfortable and high quality chair I ever had!
    Mike K.
  • Just love it
    Best office/task chair I've had the pleasure to sit in. Comfort, style, simplicity, colour, versatility - the arms even lower enough to play guitar comfortably. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
    Greg W.
  • Great chair, comfortable, solid back support
    I spent a lot of time researching which chair I wanted to get before I settled on the Diffrient Smart chair. I wanted a chair that was well built, comfortable, ergonomic, had adjustable seat depth and adjustable arm rests and a mesh backing. This chair suits all of my needs and has exceed my expectations in it's simple but effective design. The design is also sleek and beautiful. This is definitely not an ugly looking chair. I have an office chair at work made by rival Herman Miller that I've not been very fond of. My office chair has so many knobs and buttons, I feel like I'm operating a rocket ship just to be able to get comfortable in my chair. The Diffrient Smart chair is the complete opposite of my office chair, because it's simple. There is one knob to adjust seat height, that's it. If you want to recline, just recline. My back instantly feels comfortable and supported when sitting in this chair, and the 3D mesh backing makes my back feel cool, never overheated like in other chairs. The comfort of this chair is a big plus a well. I feel there are a lot of chairs out there that throw out comfort for ergonomics. Thankfully this chair does both. Overall, if you're looking for a well made, comfortable and ergonomic chair that you want to last a long time, look no further than this chair.
    Josh T.
DESIGNER
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Niels Diffrient

Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in the philosophy that form follows function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent the tools we use for daily living.

With an academic foundation in design and architecture and a degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of engineering, architecture, and human factors into the creation of highly functional and aesthetically timeless designs.

From his early work with the studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfuss to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognised. Included among his many honours are the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. In recent years, Diffrient has focused his energies on designs for the office environment, particularly seating--a category in which he has pioneered numerous breakthroughs, from pneumatic cylinders for seat height adjustment to weight-activated automatic recline.

Niels Diffrient's designs are grounded in the philosophy that form follows function. His work has spanned generations, consistently looking past trends to reinvent the tools we use for daily living.

With an academic foundation in design and architecture and a degree from Cranbrook Academy, Diffrient channels his knowledge of engineering, architecture, and human factors into the creation of highly functional and aesthetically timeless designs.

From his early work with the studios of Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso, and Henry Dreyfuss to his current work with Humanscale, Diffrient's visionary talent has been widely recognised. Included among his many honours are the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. In recent years, Diffrient has focused his energies on designs for the office environment, particularly seating--a category in which he has pioneered numerous breakthroughs, from pneumatic cylinders for seat height adjustment to weight-activated automatic recline.

Design Story

Design Story

"As a result of seeking a really good adjustable arm, I was led in a direction that would allow me to do that in the best mechanical and serviceable way. That led me to the dominant visual feature of the chair... the horseshoe shaped aluminum support."

Niels Diffrient, Designer


Following the success of Liberty and Diffrient World, Niels Diffrient developed Diffrient Smart to offer a chair with strong visual features. He wanted to create a task chair that was in line with Humanscale’s philosophy of designing seating that is simple, beautiful and effortless to use. Diffrient Smart has straight, bold lines and a timeless horseshoe-shaped aluminum support, so its suit any environment it is placed in.

"As a result of seeking a really good adjustable arm, I was led in a direction that would allow me to do that in the best mechanical and serviceable way. That led me to the dominant visual feature of the chair... the horseshoe shaped aluminum support."

Niels Diffrient, Designer


Following the success of Liberty and Diffrient World, Niels Diffrient developed Diffrient Smart to offer a chair with strong visual features. He wanted to create a task chair that was in line with Humanscale’s philosophy of designing seating that is simple, beautiful and effortless to use. Diffrient Smart has straight, bold lines and a timeless horseshoe-shaped aluminum support, so its suit any environment it is placed in.

DETAILS
TECH SPECS

Chair Width: 673mm (26.5”) Arms / 533mm (21”) Armless
Base Size: 660mm (26”)
Seat Height Range: 413 - 579 mm (16.5” – 22.8”)
Recline Range: 18° recline + 8° backrest tilt
Chair Weight: 15kg (34 lbs) arms / 14kg (31 lbs) armless
Stackable: No

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