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Charles Pollock

The Pollock Executive Chair was designed for Knoll in 1963 and is among the best-selling executive chairs in the history of office furniture design. Pollock’s connection with Knoll began after he designed a chair in 1963 specifically to introduce them. He remembered… “I had a crummy little apartment on West 25th Street starting in the 1940s,” Pollock once stated in a Bauhaus interview, “With hardly anything to build anything, I built this damn chair with my bare hands. One day, I carried it on an elevator–it’s heavy! –and I was getting off the elevator, and I knocked Florence Knoll down! I just left; I was so embarrassed. I told my psychiatrist, and he said, ‘This is perfect! Now you write her a letter and you say you were so embarrassed and how much you love Knoll and how you worked so hard on this chair.’ And she hired me.” And that’s the beginning of Knoll and the infamous chair designer, Charles Pollock. In addition to designing for Knoll and his Pollock Executive chair collection, he is also well-known for his designs for Bernhardt and the CP Lounge Collection. The Pollock Executive chair for Knoll features what Pollock described as “rim technology” which is the use of a single aluminum band around the chairs perimeter to hold the design together both structurally, and visually. Fifty years after its introduction, the Pollock Chair continues to exude timeless elegance in any home or office.

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