Frequently Asked Questions
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.Last updated:
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.Last updated:
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...Last updated:
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.' -GleaveLast updated:
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