Virtual Design Festival

Freedom Headrest chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale

Humanscale presents three collections for the workplace

Products fair: Humanscale is introducing three collections for the workplace, including desk equipment that aims to boost wellbeing and the ergonomic Freedom Headrest office chair.

The Freedom Headrest chair was designed by Humanscale in collaboration with the late Niels Diffrient, while the other two collections – WellGuard Separation Panels and QuickStand Eco – were developed solely by the furniture brand to help improve wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.

Freedom Headrest chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale
The Freedom Headrest was developed as an ergonomic alternative to conventional office chairs

Freedom Headrest is an office chair designed by Humanscale and Diffrient to automatically adapt to the changing posture of the sitter. It incorporates an automatic recline mechanism and a headrest that work together to provide total support of a person's spine.

The chair was intended to offer a more ergonomic alternative to conventional office seats, which are typically reliant on awkward dials and levers for posture adjustments.

QuickStand Eco by Humanscale
The QuickStand Eco computer stand is meant to create active workstations

One of the two collections of desk equipment on show is the QuickStand Eco – an adjustable stand for laptops and computers that encourage people who work at desks to move between sitting and standing positions.

Humanscale's intention is to support the creation of "active workstations" in offices, which can help to reduce the negative effects of sedentary behaviour and simultaneously boost productivity.

It is available in three sizes and two different colours and, as its name suggests, it is made using chemical-free and environmentally conscious materials.

WellGuard Separation Panels by Humanscale
Humanscale's WellGuard Separation Panels aims to increase workplace productivity and wellbeing

The other collection is a range of desk dividers called WellGuard Separation Panels, which can be mounted to any desk in open-plan workspaces to provide visual and acoustic privacy for workers.

Like Quickstand Eco, it was developed by Humanscale to help boost the wellbeing and productivity of office workers by reducing distractions. It can also help to limit the spread of illnesses by limiting the spread of viral particles in the air.

Other companies exhibiting products on Dezeen include Danish brands Muuto and Fritz Hansen, as well as British brand Modus and Swiss furniture brand Vitra.

US brand Herman Miller recently introduced five of its workplace-seating collections, including the updated version of its iconic Aeron chair by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick the casual Striad lounge chair by Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub that is modelled on ski boots.

About Dezeen's products fair: the products fair offers an affordable launch pad for new products. For more details email [email protected].