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Charles Pollock Armchairs

American, 1930-2013

Charles Pollock was a renowned but reclusive furniture designer. He rarely spoke to the media and instead preferred to let his iconic designs speak for themselves. Pollock’s name is ubiquitous with mid-century modern office furniture — while vintage furniture obsessives know the office chairs he made for Knoll, he designed armchairs and lounge chairs for domestic interiors as well.

Pollock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1930. When his family moved to Michigan, he attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School, whose alumni includes artist-designer Harry Bertoia. For his extraordinary work at Cass, Pollock earned a full scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York City.

Industrial designer Lucia DeRespinis had been a classmate of Pollock’s at Pratt and got a job in architect George Nelson’s studio after graduation. Nelson, the design director at legendary mid-century furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, was always looking for new design talent. DeRespinis was struck by Pollock’s sculptures at Pratt and recommended Nelson hire him. Pollock, who had been working for Donald Deskey’s firm, took a job with Nelson and helped create the Swag Leg armchair (a full Swag Leg collection debuted at Herman Miller in the late 1950s). Soon afteward, Pollock opened his own studio and shared his portfolio with pioneering designer Florence Knoll at the modernist behemoth she cofounded with her husband Hans.

Pollock’s 657 Sling chair for Knoll debuted in 1960 and earned him a substantial contract with the brand. This paved the way for his most famous design: the Executive chair. Introduced in 1963, the Executive chair became one of the best-selling and most recognizable office chairs in history. Pollock devoted five years to perfecting the seat, and his patented rim technology allowed for simple assembly, which contributed to its success and popularity.

Pollock later returned to sculpting and explored other pursuits but never stopped designing furniture. In 1982, he created the Penelope chair for the Italian furniture maker Castelli. At 82 years of age, Pollock was commissioned by American manufacturer Bernhardt Design to create the CP Lounge chair, which was launched at the London Design Festival 2012. Pollock died a short while later, in 2013, but his seating is still produced by Bernhardt Design today.

Pollock received much acclaim throughout his career. He earned several awards, including the prestigious Red Dot Design Award and Pratt Institute's Rowena Reed Kostellow Award for outstanding work in industrial design. His Executive chair has been exhibited at museums around the world, including the Louvre Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Creator: Charles Pollock
Blue Velvet Executive Chair Charles Pollock for Knoll with Height Tension Knob
By Charles Pollock, George Nelson, Knoll
Located in Chattanooga, TN
I don't think there could be a cooler color / fabric combination Pollock chair in existence. The blue velour looks both original and in exceptional condition. The chrome edge band se...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Leather armchair by Charles Pollock for Knoll
By Charles Pollock
Located in PARIS, FR
Leather armchair designed by Charles Pollock (1930-2013), produced by Knoll in the 1960s. The seat and back are in brown leather, while the base is made of chrome-plated steel and bl...
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Mid-20th Century Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Leather

1960s Charles Pollock Armchair "Sling Chair" Model 657
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
The Charles Pollock "Sling Chair" or Model 657, designed in 1960 and produced from 1964 to 1979 by Knoll. Created out of a leather sling, seat cushion, cast aluminum and chromed stee...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Venetian Purple Palazzo Arm Chair by Charles Pollock for William Switzer
By Charles Pollock
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Venetian purple palazzo arm chair by Charles Pollock for William Switzer. Additional information: Materials: Giltwood, silk Color: Purple Brand: William Switzer Designer: Charles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Louis XV Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Giltwood

Charles Pollock Executive Chair for Knoll, 1963
By Charles Pollock
Located in Catania, IT
1963. Charles Pollock project for Knoll. Charles Pollock challenged himself and created a chair inspired by a single line. An evergreen object that has overcome the challenge of time and continues to be part of the American company's production line, as well as being exhibited in the prestigious collections of the Louvre in Paris and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 'secret' design of the Executive Chair...
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1960s Saint Pierre and Miquelon Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal

1 (of 2) 657 leather sling Chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Offenburg, Baden Wurthemberg
One of two 1960ies Knoll International 657 Sling Leather Chairs. Price per chair, two chairs available. Designed by Charles Pollock, manufactured...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Set of 12 Executive "Pollock" Chairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll, USA, 1963
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Hellouw, NL
These 12 executive chairs are a true classic hailing from the illustrious stable of manufacturer Knoll, designed in 1963 by the American designer Charles Pollock. An absolute master ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Lounge Chairs "657" Charles Pollock Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of 657 chairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll. C1960 design signed in two places by Knoll. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Some ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Chrome

Penelope Chair by Charles Pollock for Anonima Castelli, Italy, 1982
By Charles Pollock, Anonima Castelli
Located in Almelo, NL
This Penelope armchair was designed in 1982 by Charles Pollock and produced by Castelli in Italy. The frame of this chair is made of chrome-plated steel wire. Pollock chose fine black coated wire mesh as the material for the seat shell. About the designer: Charles Pollock Industrial designer Charles Pollock was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, he began working at the Chrysler Corporation, creating visual aids and gaining production experience. Pollock received a full scholarship to study industrial design at the School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute in New York. Pollock opened his own studio in 1960, and soon after Florence Knoll (b. 1917) of the eponymous manufacturing company took an interest in his designs. With the financial support of Knoll, Pollock became heavily involved in product development. About the Manufacturer Castelli / Anonima Castelli Italian design company Castelli began dates from 1877 when Ettore Castelli founded a small workshop in Bologna. In 1939, the firm was renamed Anonima Castelli and began producing modern office furniture...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal

Set of Six Charles Pollock Chairs for Knoll International
By Charles Pollock
Located in Köln, NRW
A set of six Charles Pollock chairs in excellent vintage condition. This armchair was designed by the american designer Charles Pollock for the manufacturer Knoll International. The...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal

Black & Chrome Plated Metal Penelope Armchair by C. Pollock for A. Castelli, 80s
By Anonima Castelli, Charles Pollock
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Chair with chromed metal, plastic structure and metal mesh shell. Very good condition.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal, Chrome, Wire

Penelope Chair by Charles Pollock for Anonima Castelli
By Charles Pollock, Anonima Castelli
Located in Athens, Attiki
Penelope chair designed in 1982 by Charles Pollock for Anonima Castelli. Steel-wire sled base supports a seat permeable to air which consists in a steel...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of 657 Armchair by Charles Pollock for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Stockton, NJ
A pair of early 657 armchairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll. This 1970's pair features chromed steel and wood frames with black leather seat and cushion. One additional pair available...
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1970s American Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Steel

Italian Design Classic Pollock Penelope Chairs, by Castelli
By Charles Pollock, Castelli
Located in Renens, CH
Dining or office chairs designed by Charles Pollock, executed by Castelli in the 1980s. Chromed steel non-rigid frame, wire mess seating material. These chairs provide an excellent ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Steel

Italian Executive Swivel Arm Chair by Charles Pollock for Comforto Orange Fabric
By Charles Pollock, Comforto
Located in Markington, GB
Italian executive armchair by Charles Pollock for Comforto, stunning orange fabric swivel desk chair, This plastic / metal framed chair is in very good vintage condition, A classic c...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Metal

Set of (4) Charles Pollock for Knoll Blue Tweed & Velvet Executive Chairs
By Knoll, Charles Pollock, George Nelson
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Sold as a st of (4) . Unfortunately, the FMV team doesn't have the time to restore these iconic chairs, so this is a great opportunity to get a set for pennies on the dollar. They...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Charles Pollock for Knoll Red Tweed Executive Chairs w/ Height Tension Knob
By Knoll, Charles Pollock, George Nelson
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Sold as a pair The red tweed looks both original and in very good condition. Both chairs have been professionally steam-cleaned and the color is now bright and even. The chrome ed...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Vintage Mid-century Fabric Desk Chairs by Charles Pollock for Comforto
By Charles Pollock, Comforto
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This pair of office armchairs was designed by Charles Pollock for the German manufacturer Comforto during the 70s. The seats are made of durable brown plastic and high-quality olive-...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Armchairs

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Fabric, Plastic

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Charles Pollock armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Charles Pollock armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Charles Pollock armchairs, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by Charles Pollock were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Russell Woodard, George Nelson, and Norman Cherner. Prices for Charles Pollock armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $553 and can go as high as $12,552, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,396.

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