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Diffrient Smart Chair

Client: Humanscale

Shea+Latone has many years experience working with some of the top designers and companies in the contract furniture market. After the prior joint successes of the Freedom, Liberty, and World seating lines, Humanscale and Niels Diffrient again partnered with Shea+Latone to develop the new Smart Chair from concept to production.

Shea+Latone’s expertise in design development helped us ensure that Niels Diffrient’s design intent was fully carried out while we guided the project through to production. The designers, engineers, and prototypers here at Shea + Latone created all of the prototypes, 3D CAD, and manufacturing prints while ensuring the product met all international regulatory standards. The chairs design was validated through several rounds of comprehensive testing in our in-house testing facilities. Shea+Latone’s experience and close work with Niels Diffrient, Humanscale, and their vendors allowed the Smart Chair to be a fast paced project that didn’t waste time and money getting to market.

Team Members

Shaun Smith, Cory Brechbill, Jeff Theesfeld


IIDEX Neocon Canada, Innovations Award 2012, iF Product Design Award 2013, Smart Design Award Silver 2012


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