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Named a design "Tastemaker" by Forbes.com, Diffrient has amassed an impressive roster of honors, including a 2005 Legend Award from Contract magazine, the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper- Hewitt, National Design Museum, the 1999 Chrysler Award for Innovation, and a 1987 Honorary Royal Designer for Industry designation from England.
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MEET NIELS DIFFRIENT A Beautiful Relationship The renowned designer Niels Diffrient has worked with Humanscale for 13 years. As an engineer, artist and pioneer in the field of ergonomics, his approach meshes perfectly with our design philosophy. Like us, Diffrient is passionate about performance, comfort and ease of use. He begins by questioning every aspect of conventional design. Why do things look the way they look? Why do they operate the way they operate? How can functionality and performance be elevated without adding cumbersome controls? From his early days working with Eero Saarinen, Marco Zanuso and Henry Dreyfuss, he has insisted that form follow function. What sets Diffrient apart is his ability to achieve timeless beauty, exceptional performance and unparalleled comfort through remarkably simple designs. Among his numerous design innovations are three of the most comfortable chairs imaginable-the Freedom, Liberty and Diffrient World chairs for Humanscale.