Chair of the Month Review: Path by Humanscale

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Chair of the Month

Katie Sargent
Katie Sargent
Katie Sargent is our Integrated Marketing Manager. Katie’s interest in the A+D industry began with her first internship at IA Interior Architects in 2010. Since then she went on to have experience with Jones Lang LaSalle, Kimball Office, Dealerships in the DC area and even heading up webinars for us! She received her degree in Business Management from Virginia Tech. Outside of work, Katie is a student earning an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies - Film and Television Performance from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Welcome back to WDM’s Chair of the Month review! Each month, we will work from the latest task chairs and collectively share our thoughts.

Work Design Magazine’s Katie Sargent along with the Interiors team at Perkins & Will NYC collectively logged 40+ hours working in Humanscale’s popular task chair, Path. Here’s what they experienced along with a deeper look into the sustainability story.

Meet Path by Humanscale

Path by Humanscale is a task chair sustainably designed for every body. It adjusts to each chair user by their bodyweight using a patented Gravity Mechanism™ allowing a custom experience for each individual. The chair has sustainable written all over it, from its durable form to its upcycled plastic bottle textile. The Path chair isn’t only effective, it is also visually pleasing and can fit into any environment seamlessly!

The Rundown

  • Key Feature: Patented Gravity Mechanism™ which uses bodyweight instead of controls.
  • Chair Design: designed in collaboration with Todd Bracher Studio to create an ergonomically inclusive sitting experience. 
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs. 
  • Adjustable Options: Chair width, armrest height and distance between armrests
  • Customization Options: 3 arm options; 4 base styles, 3 caster options 
  • Fabric Options: FormSense Eco Knit (11 colors), Fabric and Chrome-Free Leather

What We Loved Most

Over the course of a month, each of our reviewers spent as much time as they could working from the Path chair and the verdict is in – Path offers the best of both worlds! Comfort and function.

This chair is comfortable, looks great, and is sustainable. What more could you want in a chair?

The seat has an internal gravity mechanism that automatically adjusts to each user based on their bodyweight, so no need to worry about fumbling around with manual chair adjustments! The height adjustability is fine. Our reviewers felt supported in the lower lumbar area through long days of catching up on emails and video calls. They thought the aesthetic of the chair was equally as impressive as its comfort and sustainable footprint. It is soft with round edges and fits and gives off warmth and comfort. The textiles and color options are all rich and luxurious, while still remaining durable and environment-focused.

Sustainability Spotlight

Path also holds a powerful sustainability story. To get a deeper understanding of this story, we enlisted Jill Maltby-Abbott from the BuildingGreen team and Candon Murphy, Sustainabie Building Advisor at Perkins&Will to share their unbiased thoughts.

Note: the middle column is BuildingGreen’s criteria hybridized with the A&D Materials Pledge buckets. Spoiler: It’s a best in class choice in our reviewer’s opinions.

Want to go further down the Path to sustainability with Humanscale?  

Path is one of many sustainable solutions offered by Humanscale. You can check out all of their task seating offerings here

Meet Our Reviewers

Special thanks to Perkins&Will:

Soojin ShearerMelissa McGillKaren Rwamakuba

Curious about what it’s like to work from Path? Check out our Instagram reel and TikTok, and make sure to follow us to see more on Friday’s. Plus, our newsletter subscribers will be the first to know the chair we are reviewing next!

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