Niels Diffrient

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Niels Diffrient was born in Star, Mississippi back in 1928. His family moved to Detroit where he attended Cass Technical High School moving on to Wayne State University and finally receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. While there he received three First Medal in Design three of his four years.

He went to Italy for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1954. When he returned in 1955 he joined Dreyfuss associates where he stayed for 25 years. He died at his home in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 2013, he was 84.

What you may not know about Niels is that he is best known for designing the Freedom and Liberty chairs, the Princess telephone and the Polaroid SX-70 camera. He was also one of the first persons to develop chairs using ergonomics (the scientific discipline concerning the interactions among humans and other elements optimizing human well-being).

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray there's nothing better than ergonomic chairs for the office.... I have a ball on wheels I use at home....

Sep 27, 2019 02:29 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I know those chairs and I certainly remember the princess phone! Loved my princess phone back in the day. And I also know Ridgefield , CT.

Sep 27, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

My chair is a Godsend!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 27, 2019 04:07 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure did spreat some joy to so many with his inventions.

Sep 27, 2019 04:31 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Niels is another expample of the ability of the creative mind. Enjoy your day.

Sep 27, 2019 05:05 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a wonderful read today and I learned a lot.

Sep 27, 2019 05:13 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James- - -some noteworthy inventions and designs.  Quite diverse. 

Sep 27, 2019 05:20 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is a fine spectrum of products that our friend had his hand in the design of James Dray 

Sep 27, 2019 05:56 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am happy to have my ergonomically designed chair, as it helps my back stay in the proper position while sitting!

Sep 27, 2019 06:25 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I need a new chair, mine is worn out, and I am aware of  the Polaroid!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

Sep 27, 2019 07:09 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I had a lot of good times with my princess phone. Thank you Niels!

Sep 27, 2019 09:58 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - those inventions don't seem to match the areas where is spent his life but another dreamer and inventor.

Sep 27, 2019 10:28 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He did some significant things that people actually used.

Sep 27, 2019 12:40 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I do remember when I was younger wanting a Princess telephone!!!!

Sep 27, 2019 05:26 PM #14
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

It seems like he had a very active mind with diverse interests! Cameras to chairs to phones!

Sep 28, 2019 03:49 AM #15
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I loved the look of a princess phone when I was little - now many kids don't have an idea of what a land line is 

Sep 29, 2019 04:09 AM #16
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