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
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