ROBERT KING of New York, New York, is the founder and president of Humanscale. Founded in 1983, Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic tools for the workplace, including seating, lighting, medical carts, height-adjustable tables and other products that promote activity and health in the workplace. Humanscale has over 50 offices throughout the world, including locations in the U.K., France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, India, China, South Africa, and Mexico. I.D. Magazine selected Humanscale as one of the 10 most innovative companies worldwide in their annual issue celebrating individuals and organizations that “drive design.”
King is an avid outdoorsman whose hobbies include fishing and diving, and he travels extensively throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. A strong proponent of having a net positive impact on the environment King initiated efforts to restore the once-rich ecosystem of Eastern Cambodia, an area suffering from intense poaching and inadequate government efforts to protect the remaining wildlife. The initiative will preserve a diverse ecosystem, home to Asian leopards, elephants, wild cattle, deer, and especially tigers. These efforts will potentially increase the worldwide tiger population by more than 5%. In 2006, TIME Magazine singled out King in “Who’s Who: The Eco Guide,” an issue focused on green living. In 2011, King was presented with the Museum of Arts and Design Visionaries Award in recognition of leadership in design and commitment to environmental sustainability. King received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s in business administration from Columbia University.