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Humanscale is one of the leading manufacturers for ergonomics, taking into consideration the improvement of wellbeing (health and comfort) in the workspace.
Their award-winning office solutions – including self adjusting seating, sit/stand desks, monitor arms and task lighting – inspire movement and support the user in
their every posture.

Humanscale’s Design Studio, based in New York City, abides by the philosophy that good design achieves more with less. Regularly collaborating with industrial designer, Todd Bracher, his Trea chair has proved to be success within the industry as well as winning the Red dot award in 2015 for best product design.

The Trea multipurpose chair fascinates with its distinctive lines that merge frame and seating shell in a harmonious way.

Since the chair is made of only a few parts that assemble in a modular manner, it is also highly durable. Another important aspect is that it boasts outstandingly good seating comfort. The backrest features an innovative aluminium reclining mechanism that offers up to 12 degrees of recline to encourage a healthy posture. Since the backrest follows the body’s natural movement, it reduces disc pressure on the back, allowing users to intuitively sit in the most comfortable posture with ease. Fascinatingly, this process is facilitated without needing to adjust manual knobs and levers. The glass-filled nylon backrest is moulded and contoured to cradle the body’s natural curves. It thus offers added lumbar support, while the seat edge reduces pressure on the back of the knees.

The industry, as well as designers, are looking beyond products that work well only for the workplace. Designers are aware of modern life- that people are now spending more time working from home, co-working office spaces and in a entirely different working culture that has catapulted over the last decade or so. “Considering the impetus of startup culture and the effect it has had on office culture at large,” says Bracher, “employees and business leaders now do more than just one function. Teams move around and are not tied to personal workstations.”

Seating solutions today need to solve a variety of functions and meet multiple requirements with a singular language. Trea provides a coherent solution for these variable needs.

The technical element was considerably thought out as well with Todd drawing inspiration from nature and functionality; the exoskeleton, the shell of a lobster to the mechanical structure of how a human body works, similar to the ethos many car manufacturers use including Volkswagen AG when designing vehicle body engineering.


The Trea bridges the gap between working from home and ergonomics; offering a functional workspace at home. The often forgotten functionality of the home office is restored with the Trea chair, without compromising style. Available with a variety of finishes and bases, including cantilever, four-star and four-leg options, Trea offers a unique look for different spaces while maintaining a consistent aesthetic throughout the overall environment.

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