When Hille International commissioned the design of a new series of adjustable office chairs from Fred Scott, its objective was to rival the successful Aluminum Group of office furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in the US. After leaving school in 1956, Scott joined a local furniture manufacturer as an apprentice cabinet maker. He won numerous awards for his work and in 1963 was awarded a place to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London, where he later taught. His design of the ”Supporto” office chair was based on the scientific research conducted by Hille and on the results of the consumer tests of each prototype. Supporto is still in production today. Steel; aluminum; polyurethane.