About > Design Studio > Textile Design

Elizabeth Whelan


Elizabeth Whelan's inspired textiles have been chosen by preeminent American designers to adorn their most innovative and advanced products. Her collections include woven textiles and wall coverings for the contract, residential and apparel markets.

One of our design partners for more than 10 years, Elizabeth has designed award-winning textiles and meshes for most of Humanscale's seating solutions, including the Freedom, Liberty and Diffrient World chairs. The process for building the textiles was methodical and started with Niels Diffrient, the design visionary behind Humanscale’s distinctive seating models. Diffrient would communicate the chair’s ergonomic functionality and what the fabric had to do, and Elizabeth would create custom fabrics tailored to his brief. The resulting textile was as essential to the chair’s performance as its streamline structure.

Drawing inspiration from nature, fine art and architecture, Elizabeth designs custom fabrics for Humanscale that are supportive, durable, aesthetically brilliant, and comfortable.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was awarded a Textron Fellowship. Explore her studio for Elizabeth's full spectrum of work.


Monofilament Stripe
Made specifically for our tri-panel, mesh-backed chairs, Monofilament Stripe has an elastic composition that achieves strength through its distinctive weave structure to provide unmatched support. Its classic stripe pattern is available in various striking colors.
Mesh | Designed by Elizabeth Whelan
Black Carbon Platinum Green Atlantic Amber

We use our own and third-party cookies to improve and customize your shopping experience. By using this website you consent to the use of cookies. Read our privacy notice here.

Close Privacy Notice
Elizabeth Whelan | Textile Design | Humanscale