Humanscale has opened the doors to its new Manchester showroom. Located in the Old Town, formerly home to the infamous Factory Records, it joins nearby Havwoods in an area that is fast becoming known as the "Clerkenwell of the North".
This is Humanscale’s second showroom in the UK this year, after moving to a new, stunning, flagship space in the heart of London’s own design quarter. When Humanscale originally put down roots in Clerkenwell in 2001 it was its first outpost beyond North America.
As designers and manufacturers, Humanscale has created high-performance tools that support a healthy, more active way of working since its inception in 1983, inspiring movement and physically supporting users in their every posture.
Humanscale has become the market leader with this approach, immune to the fads and trends that plague the contract furniture industry. Instead, it has pre-empted and solved many of the issues to have impacted on workplace life over recent decades: health and wellbeing, activity-based working, and mobility.
Originally led by the revered Niels Diffrients and his ground-breaking Freedom Chair, along with collaborations with Todd Bracher in more recent years, the Humanscale Studio has also evolved to produce even more innovative and market disrupting solutions to the way people perceived office furniture. The portfolio of products comprises, chairs, monitors arms, task lighting, sit-stand solutions as well as keyboard trays and computer mice.
Humanscale's success now allows it to invest further in its showrooms to communicate these vital messages to a wider audience, with further showroom openings globally this year in New York, Paris and Dubai.
The combination of ergonomics, high design aesthetics, health and well-being, and ethical materials, has seen Humanscale have a major impact on office life from Indianapolis to India, and on businesses from Apple to the BBC. Humanscale’s philosophy can be summed up like this: good design achieves more with less.
"Humanscale has always understood how to communicate a complete desk solution as a high-performance work tool rather than a mere commodity," MD Pakize Nasuh told Material Source. "Comfort and ease of use are paramount in everything we do and I am delighted that we will be able to communicate this important message effectively to even more people."