Humanscale Diffrient Smart Ocean Chair

Humanscale Diffrient Smart Ocean Chair

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A Legendary Chair with the Sustainable Approach

An inventive adaptation of the legendary Diffrient Smart chair and the first ergonomic task chair made with recycled fishing nets.

In 2016, Humanscale sourced materials in partnership with Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans. Bureo collects discarded fishing nets, then washes them and feeds them through a shredder, then into a 'pelletizer', which melts the shred and is cut into recycled nylon pellets. These ‘NetPlus’ pellets are now used in the manufacturing of products like skateboards, sunglasses and now —the ergonomic Smart Ocean task chair.

A Net Positive Product and Sustainable Design

Smart Ocean is the perfect example of sustainable manufacturing. Incorporating almost 2 pounds of the recycled fishing net pellets and is Living Product certified.

Custom Fit Technology

Utilizing the exact same infinite design and function as the Diffrient Smart chair, the Smart Ocean chair offers Form-Sensing Mesh Technology that instantly adjusts to each individual user, without the need for training, instructions or manual adjustments.

Features of the Smart Ocean Chair

  • Sustainable manufacturing process using recycled fishing nets
  • Utilizes a weight-sensing recline mechanism, which eliminates any need for manual adjustments
  • The non-stretch, tri-panel mesh back provides superior lumbar support and complete comfort
  • Sculpted seat cushions designed to exceptionally support your body
  • Optional deluxe armrests offer full range of height and width adjustment
  • Lightweight modern design
  • Made in USA

We all need to try to make a difference

The ongoing crisis of plastic pollution in our oceans has a huge impact on our health and on the health of our natural environment.

Here’s why Humanscale wants to make a difference

  • 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year.
  • 640,000 tons of fishing nets enter the ocean each year.
  • The amount of plastic pollution in the ocean will surpass the amount of fish by 2050 if nothing changes.
  • Fishing nets are identified as the most harmful form of ocean plastic pollution.
  • Recycling and repurposing plastic keeps it out of the ocean and helps to mitigate many environmental issues.

Humanscale is a founding partner of the Next Wave Initiative. Led by Lonely Whale, this consortium includes companies such as Dell and GM and is focused on developing a distribution web that would support the reuse and repurposing of plastic before it ever reaches the ocean.

The Design Story

Niels Diffrient was inspired by the three-dimensional approach tailors take when designing suits, and wanted to create a minimal mesh chair with a back that automatically fits the user. As a result, when sitting in a Humanscale mesh task chair, it fits you like a perfectly tailored suit.

"A smart chair adapts to your weight and shape automatically, as if the chair were made for you personally."
– Niels Diffrient, Industrial Designer, Ergonomics Pioneer


Chair height 40" - 44.8" H
Adjustable armrest height 6" - 9.6" H
Seat height 17.63" - 22.8" H
Seat depth 16.25" - 18.75" D
Weight capacity 300 lbs




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Choose from a variety of arm options available on your Diffrient Smart Chair:

  • No armrests
  • Fixed height armrests with a durable Duron foam
  • Fixed height armrests with a durable Duron foam covered with upholstery to match your seat cushion
  • Height-adjustable armrests with a Duron arm pad
  • Height-adjustable armrests with a Duron arm pad upholstered to match your seat cushion
  • 4D adjustable armrests with a Duron arm pad
  • 4D adjustable armrests with a Duron arm pad with matching upholstery

Our recommendation: Most people will benefit from having adjustable arms


Frame Color

The frame of the Humanscale Diffrient Smart Ocean Chair is available in three colors:

  • Black frame with black trim (standard) - Incorporates Ocean Netting
  • Black Frame with Brushed Aluminum Trim - Incorporates Ocean Netting

Back Mesh

The backrest of the Humanscale Diffrient Smart Ocean Chair is available in the following mesh styles. Please note that certain meshes may cause a longer lead time than others. To check lead time on a certain configuration, please give us a call at 1-800-531-3746 before placing your order.


Dash is one of the newest meshes available in the Humanscale line. It is characterized by its strength and durability.

Monofilament Stripe

The luminous quality of each individual monofilament strand creates a translucent effect, while also providing strength and durability.

Silver Check

This brilliant weave of monofilament strands and silver-coated yarns offers resiliency combined with a low abrasion factor.


Pinstripe offers a simple stripe pattern in a variety of enlivening colors.


Catena offers a unique pattern in a variety of modern colors.


Seat Fabric

Fourtis - Grade 1

Inspired by the Latin word fortis, meaning strong, this fabric is the ultimate ratio of durability and flexibility thanks to a unique weave of two-blended colors, and offering a four-way stretch.

Corde 4 - Grade 1

Constructed from cotton, Corde 4 includes a four-way stretch and a small, modular weave. The result is a dimensionally ribbed surface on the face of the fabric that remains soft to the touch.

Lotus - Grade 1

This four-way stretch textile is water repellant and easy to clean, making it an ideal textile for healthcare and hospitality environments. Its polyurethane finish with nylon backing boasts a soft texture while offering exceptional durability. It exceeds all standards for contract upholstery and healthcare tests.

Sensuede - Grade 3

Sensuede was developed to be the best and most luxurious engineered suede available. The faux suede's soft touch comes from the use of breathable and wrinkle resistant recycled microfibers that are finer than a human hair but are extra-strong, resulting in a very resilient fabric. This material also was selected because of its environmentally sensitive content and manufacturing process.


Box Stitching Color

Choose from a variety of different color box stitchings for your chair. This option is only available for leather upholstery.


Seat Height

The Humanscale Diffrient Smart Chair is available in your choice of four cylinder heights. Seat heights are measured from the floor to the compressed front center of the seat cushion:

Standard 16'' - 21'' H
Low 15.25'' - 19.5'' H
Tall 17'' - 22.25'' H
Return to height 17.7'' - 19.9'' H


The Humanscale Diffrient Smart Chair is available with your choice of standard casters or soft casters for hard floors.

Standard Hard Casters 2 1/2" double-wheeled for carpeted floors
Soft Casters 2 1/2" soft double-wheeled for hard floors


The Humanscale Diffrient Smart Chair can be ordered with either standard plastic components or CAL 133 compliant components.


Humanscale Terms and Conditions

Due to manufacturer policy, this item cannot be returned once received nor canceled once ordered.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the Humanscale products we offer, or about the no return policy on Humanscale items.

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