About this project
We've reached our target and are in production!!
You can still pledge for your FreedMan Chair, until the campaign ends, so keep pledging! You'll be receiving your fabulous chair early next year!
A huge thank you to all our fabulous supporters! We're a real community, and it feels good!
We can now deliver anywhere on the planet for FREE!!
A breakthrough in sitting
I'm an osteopath and inventor who set out to find a solution for my patients' problems and make a chair that was comfortable. I've been lucky enough to gather a fantastic team to help me along the way.
More and more patients were coming in to see me with aches and pains associated with sitting and I just couldn't find a chair that helped. I began to think that there must be something wrong with sitting itself, so I immersed myself in the subject. My research led me to the conclusion - We are just not meant to sit. It's a theory that's really hitting the press at the moment. I've been working on a solution for my patients for 18 years and I believe my chair will solve a lot of people's problems.
I set out to make a chair that helps the spine and pelvis achieve the same position in sitting as when standing. It's been an incredible journey and the fact that people really love The FreedMan Chair and want it is fantastic. After our recent, smash-hit London launch we are being pursued by everyone from major chair manufacturers to motor companies, international organisations devoted to health and comfort to orthopaedic physicians. We also made an eighty-five year old lady cry (in a good way).
I've devoted 26 years, as an osteopath, to looking after people and solving their problems. I know it probably sounds a bit naive, but I really do want to make a difference to people's lives. I believe that The FreedMan Chair will make you more comfortable, healthier and fitter than any other chair. It might even save your life.
I need you to help me raise the funding, so we can press the button on our tooling and manufacture. Everything is ready to go and 15+ people will jump into action when we reach our target. Pledge for a chair for £319 or become a friend for a pound.
I also have to say many, many thanks to all the wonderfully generous people who have helped to get us here. My heartfelt thanks. I'm having the time of my life!
We've made a short animation which tells the story of The FreedMan Chair. Check it out, we think you'll like it.
We're all about innovation and using cool technology in clever ways. Our rewards have made everyone that's seen them say, 'Wow!'. We hope you do too.
We are asking the Kickstarter community to help fund our tooling and manufacturing costs. You could be amongst the first to own this innovative chair. And at £319/$499 you'll be making a saving of over 50% of the eventual retail price.
- We are not designed to sit.
- The FreedMan Chair is the only chair in the world that allows the spine and pelvis to achieve the same posture in sitting as when standing.
- Breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly comfortable, The FreedMan Chair is a true example of form following function.
- The FreedMan Chair won the International Invention of the Year Award at The World Invention Show 2011, and sat next to the iPad 2 and cover in the final 25 at the D&AD Design Awards 2012. Now you can be one of the first to own one.
- The chair made its trade debut at the 100% Design Show in London this September and received a tremendous response. It was a smash hit with international chair manufacturers, orthopaedic physicians, motor companies and 85 year-old ladies alike. Everyone wants to talk to us.
What the press and industry have said about The FreedMan Chair
'The seat that banishes back pain. At first glance, this may look like a stylish torture device, but Simon Freedman's back-friendly chair is surprisingly comfortable and that's the whole point.'
The Daily Mail (UK's second biggest newspaper)
'Therapeutic Seating -The FreedMan Chair. Osteopath Simon Freedman has been working for 15 years to invent the perfect desk chair. The result is The FreedMan.'
'The osteopath-developed FreedMan Chair doesn't have a teleport button, but it does promise to soothe spines by reinventing the way we sit.'
' As Le Corbusier might have said, it is more “a machine to sit on” than an ordinary task chair.
The various elements of the chair down to the minutest details could only be created by a person who is intimately familiar with the human skeleton and its postures. Indeed, Simon being a professional Osteopath shows consideration of details which a layman would not be aware of.
I admire Simon’s tenacity, energy and commitment in striving to design a work chair with an optimal seating posture. I am confident that The FreedMan Chair will achieve this.'
Zeev Aram - Chair industry legend (Google him)
WHY WE DO IT
As an inventor and an osteopath, Simon Freedman has always had a passion for solving problems and improving peoples’ lives.
After treating more and more people with back problems caused by periods of prolonged sitting, he realised that no existing chair harnessed the strength of the body’s inherent anatomical structure, and indeed, that many chairs actually work against the body.
In essence his theory was simple. He wanted to create a seat that allowed the spine and pelvis to achieve the same posture in sitting as when standing, whilst simultaneously resting the back and legs.The process of realising this desire proved far from simple.What was required was the reinvention of the chair.
We are innovators who challenge convention.
We believe that The FreedMan Chair will make you more fit, healthy and comfortable than any other.
HOW WE DO IT
To solve the problems inherent in sitting, we developed a radical new theory on the nature of sitting itself.
The FreedMan Chair is the only chair in the world that allows the spine and pelvis to achieve the same posture in sitting as when standing.
When a person is standing, the combination of side-to-side curves (scoliosis) and forward-to-back curves (lordosis) in the spine provide structural support for our bodies, whilst the back muscles act merely as stabilisers.
The fact that 90% of us have a leg length difference has been completely overlooked by chair designers, until now. The spine has to compensate for its base being uneven and it does this with the side-to-side curves. We’ve taken this into account. The horizontal seat pan present in conventional office chairs does not allow for this.
Whilst most office chairs will force the spine out of its natural position, our patent-pending technology gives The FreedMan Chair the ability to replicate your normal curves whilst you’re sitting and keeps your back and legs in a relaxed position at the same time.
WHAT WE DO
We think there’s a better way to sit and so almost everything about our chair is different. The Freedman Chair is the most sophisticated office chair in the world and the simplest.
The Mark I chair was awarded International Invention of the Year at the World Invention Show in 2011, the Mark II was on the Judges’ shortlist at the D&AD Product Design of the Year Awards 2012. The Mark III made its debut at the 100% Design Show in London this September. It was a smash hit with 85 year-old ladies, international chair manufacturers, dental equipment suppliers and motor companies alike. Everyone wants to talk to us.
We had to invent some exciting new engineering processes along the way and have several patents pending on the functionality of the chair. To be honest, there’s just too much to say about it here, so please visit our website, or drop me a line, if you want to know more.
It’s been one heck of a journey getting here and being the little guy with the big idea isn’t easy. If you want to get in touch and ask me some questions, give me your feedback or just say hello, I’d love to hear from you.
HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED
The simplest and easiest way you can help me, is to spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues about The FreedMan Chair. Tweet about us, like us on Facebook, send us emails and start a conversation.
To really get involved, then please buy a chair. I’ve tried my hardest to price The FreedMan Chair at an affordable amount for the Kickstarter community. It’s just £319/$499, which compares well to the average £1,000/$1500 charged for a Herman Miller 'Aeron' chair, and many other specialist orthopaedic chairs. The eventual aim is to get the chair into the shops, when the price will more than likely double.
Furthermore, I’m so confident that you will like The FreedMan Chair that I will refund your money if it's just not for you. I’ll send you a full refund. No quibbles.
I’ve also put together some terrific associated products so everyone can get involved. The first one is our BEAUTIFUL 3D - PRINTED BADGE PIN of The FreedMan Chair’s iconic backrest. These are priced at £9/$15. They look great and are guaranteed to get people talking.
Our second product reward is serious case of "I want one of those!". A LASER-ETCHED, GLASS CRYSTAL MODEL of The FreedMan Chair. These lovely pieces are all made in a specialist factory in South Wales. You might have seen cheaper ones made in plastic, but these beauties are crystal glass. They're 3" x 2" x 2". Everyone goes nuts for them. Oh, and they come in a satin lined case. We want you to have one so, with just a small profit for us, we can get them to you for £18/$30.
We'd thought we'd have bit of fun...we love this spoof video, if you make one too and send it to us, in return we'll send you two of our laser-etched models. Good luck!
Risks and challenges
They say that if you're going to build a successful business then get people who are better than you. I've gathered a team of world-beating pros. These guys know everything there is to know about prototyping, manufacturing and distribution, and they've looked at every stage of production through getting you your chair.
It's been one hell of a journey making The FreedMan Chair. We spent a lot of time making it achieve sophisticated actions through simple mechanisms. This also means that the chair is pretty simple to manufacture in the factory, simple to use and has very little to go wrong. We been in constant communication with factory guys as we've developed the chair to ensure we're all on the same page. My engineers work on my project and the F35 Joint-Strike Fighter amongst others. We have some serious people on this.
The chair has some pretty cool things under the hood. There's a 'ball-and-socket' joint in the main assembly which gives the seat pads a smooth tilting action. The pads and back-rest use a method of injection moulding we developed called 'Biodynamic engineering' which means that they move and flex with the body. The screw lift has aluminium moving on brass which gives free movement without the need for lubrication. We use 6061 aluminium which keeps it's shine for a long, long time. I could go on for another page, so drop me a line with any questions.
I should also say that there have been a lot of fantastic friends and supporters who've helped out for free or next to nothing. This has been an incredible story of generosity and kindness and I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the fantastic people who've been so kind. Thanks Guys! Woohoo, here we go...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes,very. The chair is the most sophisticated in the world and was built for comfort, not looks. We're happy about the looks, but that was very much a secondary consideration.
I've asked people who've had a chance to sit in one to send in some testimonials and I'll add them as I get to them. Here's one for starters...
"I'll be honest, I was dubious. It didn't look comfortable. But I overheard some of the explanation as I was passing the stand and, since I am never really comfortable in an office chair, I thought I'd give it a go. I was so surprised by how comfortable it was that I went back for a second time to check I hadn't imagined it. It was comfortable enough for me to make sure I was on kickstarter the minute it launched." G.
"As a young man with ongoing lower back problems - whenever I'm sat in a traditional chair at a business meeting, a job interview, or even a date, about 10 -15% of my energy has always been focused on the dull discomfort / niggling pain in my lower back, to the point where I'd gotten used to and accepted it, like radio static. When Simon whipped out the rather odd looking Dalek-like FreedMan Chair - I was skeptical to say the least... However, as soon as I'd sat down it was like an epiphany - for the first time in a long time 100% of my energy and concentration was focused outwards on the person infront of me, and any discomfort in my back was forgotten."
"As l lawyer I led a fairly sedentary existence and, although I became more active after retirement, a couple of unpleasant falls left me not only with badly sprained ankles but also with increasing stiffness and loss of balance. My physiotherapist is working wonders but I find it difficult to get out of chairs, desperately seeking support – a hand, a chair arm or a table. Travelling on the underground is particularly difficult.
Michael, my husband, and I found the FreedMan Chair at the 100% Exhibition in London earlier this year. I sat on it for 10-15 minutes and thought how comfortable it was. Then stood up from the chair without needing any support! It was marvellous. I think everyone within hearing distance and a bit beyond heard of my delight. I just had to have one. Michael also tried the chair and found it so comfortable that he has bought one too. Just as well or we would have fought over it."
"For all tall prospects I am 6.3 and having used the chair I can confirm it fits very comfortably."
"Great to meet you both yesterday and get to see your chair in the flesh. It's a really stylish design from the legs up and I'm pretty amazed at how compact and stable it was. Best thing for me was not that it changed my posture, but that it allowed me to sit in a more natural way. Excited about getting my hands on the final version to roll around my office.
Thanks for spending so long chatting to me Best of luck with the next couple of weeks closing out the kickstarter and then the months after with manufacturing. Maybe I will see you again if my wife decides she might need one too."
For shipping outside Eurpoe, Uk and Canada we'll need to get a better idea of numbers coming your way before we can be precise on price. We'll get you your chair for as little as we cam manage but we can only be precise on cost when we know numbers. It'll be much less than the usual courier price on 10kg from Uk to you.
It looks a lot like we'll go a fair way beyond a thousand sales, and the me and the team think we could move up to a range of four colours. I'm thinking we can get all our backers to ballot for three new colours-my choice is midnight/navy blue, I'm pulling rank and that's that. However, you can decide the other three, I'll stay out of it (ok, I'll try to stay out of it). I've asked our web guys to see if they can set up a sub-site on our website where backers can log in and choose from a colour wheel, pick the most popular three colours and perhaps meld them into the final 3. We should be able to match them or get very close. 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice?.
A small selection for the suggestions so far are red velvet from Brett, British Racing Green from Suzie (look at Bentley Dark Blue) and I can't find the email that suggested transparent! All sounding great, and it's really up to you.
I'm a generous size and I'm worried the chair looks like it won't support me. What weight does it support?
Yes, we know it looks uncomfortable and like it won't take the strain, but looks can be deceptive...Check out the comfort FAQ.
Ok size. I've been an osteopath for 26 years and people ask what it's like to treat a really large person. And to honest I say I've never really noticed. Thing is I treat the frame and that varies by about a fifth across everyone no matter their weight. The FreedMan Chair supports your sitting bones (ishcial tuberosities) and these are 12.34cms apart on average. Allowing for a 12mm/half inch variation on each seat pad is fairly straight forward, so unlike less-anatomically-thought-out chairs The FreedMan Chair fits all. Not only that the bigger you get the more comfortable it does, as it enhances the bodies natural cushioning.
Strength. We're talking high level engineering and materials here, our engineers also make fighter planes (one of the factories we use requires securiy clearance and doesn't allow cameras!). The FreedMan Chair will happily hold 150Kg/330lbs which is the same as the largest Aeron Chair. I want to go one better though. We're talking to people about upping the grade of aluminium we use to rate the chair at 200kg whilst keeping it exactly the same structurally. I'll let you know...
Ok. Height. We love you all, the tall and the small! We had to give it a lower height range and at present that's the standard for pretty much all office chairs at 4'10"147cms. We may be able to call that a bit lower but at present that's what's it's engineered to and we are making a tiny change in moving to industrial production that may influence this. I'll keep you posted.
Hey Tall People,
There is no upper height limit! The FreedMan Chair is one of the rare ones that will make tall people happy.
Here's what Gleave ,one of the FreedMan Chair community, has to say
'For all tall prospects I am 6.3 and having used the chair I can confirm it fits very comfortably.' -Gleave
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