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Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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
Knoll Pollock Executive Chair in Original Black Leather, Matte Black Frame
By Charles Pollock
Located in Wilton, CT
Offering the classic Pollock Executive Chair in its original black leather, black steel frame, and vintage 4-star base, in very good condition. Charles Pollock was a master of desig...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Black Leather Knoll Desk Chair designed by Charles Pollock
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic black leather desk chair by Charles Pollock and manufactured by Knoll. Executed in black leather and steel base. No tears or missing buttons or screws. Leather in very good c...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

1 Charles Pollock for Knoll Executive Chairs
By Charles Pollock
Located in Pasadena, TX
The Pollock executive chair features what the designer described as "rim technology"—the use of a single aluminum band around the chair's perimeter to hold the design together, structurally and visually. Fifty years after its introduction, the Pollock Chair continues to exude timeless elegance in any home office. Extremely comfortable and a classic Mid-Century Modern design. 1 Vintage Charles Pollock for Knoll executive chair...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

10 Charles Pollock Executive Desk Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 10 vintage Charles Pollock executive desk chair for Knoll. The ultimate ergonomic, office desk chair designed by this George Nelson apprentice, Charles Pollock. Sold separately.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Knoll Pollock Executive Chair in Aubergine Leather, Matte Black Frame
By Charles Pollock
Located in Wilton, CT
Offering the classic Pollock Executive Chair in this beautiful aubergine leather, black steel frame, in good condition. The leather upholstery has been recently redone and in excelle...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Charles Pollock Executive Chair in Black Leather
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Charles Pollock for Knoll executive chair in black blue leather. This executive desk chair has a swivel base with manual adjustable height. Base with all wheels in working co...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Blue Velvet Executive Chair Charles Pollock for Knoll with Height Tension Knob
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, 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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Knoll Pollock Chair reupholstered in Black Italian Leather, Steel Frame
By Charles Pollock
Located in Wilton, CT
Charles Pollock was a master of design who's work was supported by Florence Knoll and her company, Knoll. Pollock's understanding of design was that every object has an edge and ever...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Charles Pollock Leather Desk Chair for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage leather desk for office chair by Charles Pollock for Knoll. In good vintage condition. All wheels work as does swivel base. Height adjusta...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Charles Pollock Executive Chairs for Knoll
By Charles Pollock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Executive Chairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll in black leather. These beautiful black leather executive chairs are incredibly comfortable...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Enamel, Steel, Chrome

Classic Brown Leather & Chrome Pollock Chairs manufactured by Knoll , 1980s
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic PAIR of vintage original brown leather Pollock desk chairs designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. Sold seperately!! Features original brown leather in very good original cond...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Black Leather Rolling Office Chair by Charles Pollock for Knoll International
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Miami, FL
Black leather executive desk chair designed by Charles Pollock and manufactured by Knoll. The stylish vintage armchair has sleek lin...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

1970 Knoll Executive Chrome + Orig. Vtg. Knoll Red Textile Leather Office Chair
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Basel, BS
Two available, sold separately--Original 4 leg base (Sought after!!) Red Knoll Textile and chrome Mid Century Vintage Knoll Pollock chair--RARE beauty-- from the era of the height of...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Classic Brown Leather & Chrome Pollock Chairs manufactured by Knoll , 1980s
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Buffalo, NY
Gorgeous PAIR of vintage original brown leather Pollock desk chairs designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. Features original brown leather in very good original condition,, Tilt / sw...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Knoll Charles Pollock Executive Desk Chairs in Black Leather
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Chicago, IL
Charles Pollock Executive chairs for Knoll, in Black leather. Labels attached to underside. Manufacturer date : 1984 One available. Condition: Overall in very good condition. A f...
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Charles Pollock Desk Chair by Knoll in Burnt Orange
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Charles Pollock for Knoll executive chair in burnt orange leather. This executive desk chair has a tilt and swivel base with adjustable height. Base with all wheels in workin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

1 OF 2 VINTAGE UNIQUE CHARLES POLLOCK KNOLL RESTORED BROWN LEATHER OFFICE CHAiRS
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale one of two original vintage fully restored hand dyed Cigar Brown leather Charles Pollock Knoll Inc Executive...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Executive office chair by Charles Pollock, Knoll, 1960s
By Charles Pollock
Located in Argelato, BO
Charles Pollock, executive chairs for Knoll, 1963 It is one of the most iconic and representative office armchairs, created by the American artist and designer Charles Pollock. Here...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Executive Chair for Knoll in Black Leather
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) Charles Pollock chair for Knoll featuring a chrome frame with black leather Upholstery. Pollock chairs are icons of Mid-Century Modern design. Pollock revolutionized office seating with the introduction of this chair in the 1960s. The chair has proven so popular that it is still manufactured by Knoll to this day. This chair is from the Mid 1990s. No missing buttons and the leather is soft and supple. Has height adjustment (manual). 5 Star base...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Charles Pollock Leather Desk Chair by Knoll
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Charles Pollock desk chair by Knoll. circa 1970s production executed in black leather. All screws, buttons, and wheels intact. No torn leather. Signed and guaranteed authenti...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Charles Pollock Desk Chair by Knoll in Navy Blue Leather
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Charles Pollock for Knoll executive chair in navy blue leather. This executive desk chair has a tilt and swivel base with adjustable height. Base with all wheels in working c...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1973 Knoll Executive Chrome and Tufted Velour Office Chair
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Basel, BS
Two available, sold separately--Original 4 leg base (Sought after!!) brown and chrome Mid Century Vintage Knoll Pollock chair--RARE beauty-- from the era of the height of the creatio...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Charles Pollock Executive Desk Chair in Brown Leather
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Charles Pollock for Knoll executive chair in medium brown. This executive desk chair has a tilt and swivel base with adjustable height. Swivel base with all wheels in working condition. Leather has been dyed brown and is in good used condition with plastic molded...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Pollock Chair Reupholstered with Naugahyde
By Charles Pollock
Located in Meguro-ku, JP
This is a used Pollock chair made by Knoll in 1980s. It is newly reupholstered with Naugahyde Spirit millennium in Rosalee color.  
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Naugahyde

Knoll Office Desk Chair designed by Charles Pollock
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Charles Pollock office desk chair manufactured by Knoll. Iconic lines and features but executed in a cool grey textile that is less common than black or brown. Featuring tilt...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

1 Knoll Pollock Executive Swivel Armchair Black Leather
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Knoll Pollock Executive Swivel armchair black leather 1956 Design Charles Pollock’s 1965 executive chair, now considered one of Knoll’s most memorable designs, features a chrome rim that supports the chair both structurally and visually Stainless steel cap over steel armature base on casters or glides. Tufted leather with polyurethane and polyester padding over molded shell...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal, Chrome, Wire

One Red Executive Knoll Pollock Chair
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Pasadena, TX
First designed in 1963, Charles Pollock’s timeless design continues to be produced by Knoll in a variety of finishes. The Pollock executive chair features what the designer describ...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Very Comfortable Office Chair by Charles Pollock for Comforto, 1960s
By Charles Pollock, Comforto
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
12 chairs available. Very comfortable and elegant desk chairs from Comforto. Design by Charles Pollock. The classic par excellence. Measures: ...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Set 4 Charles Pollock Armchairs Designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four executive armchairs design by Charles Pollock for Knoll International. These chairs are signed and dated 1977 with original fabric. All chairs are in good vintage conditi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1960s Pollack Executive Chair by Charles Pollack for Knoll
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A vintage Pollack executive chair on five leg pedestal base featuring his ‘rim technology’ of metal edge banding around the chair’s periphery s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Charles Pollock set of six executive office chairs Knoll USA 1963
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice set of six executive office chairs designed by Charles Pollock and manufactured by Knoll International, United States 1963. These chairs are made of high quality cognac lea...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Set of Eight Charles Pollock for Knoll Armchairs in Chrome & Brown Leather MCM
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Comfortable executive desk chairs designed by Charles Pollock and manufactured by Knoll International, United States. These desk chairs are made of high quality medium brown leather,...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of (4) Charles Pollock for Knoll Blue Tweed & Velvet Executive Chairs
By George Nelson, Charles Pollock, Knoll
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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Black Leather Knoll Pollock Chair. Circa 1980s.
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous vintage original black leather Pollock desk chair designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. Features original black leather in very good original condition. On 4-star chrome p...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1975 Knoll Executive Chrome and Tufted Brown Leather Office Chair
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Basel, BS
ONE LEFT, sold individually--Original 4 leg base (Sought after!!) brown Leather and chrome Mid Century Vintage Knoll Pollock chair--RARE beauty-- from the era of the height of the cr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Vintage Knoll Pollock Chair in Black Leather
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous vintage original black leather Pollock desk chair designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. Features original black leather in very good original condition. On 4-star chrome p...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Knoll Pollock Chairs in Black Leather - Pair
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous PAIR of vintage original black leather Pollock desk chairs designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. Features original black leather in very good original condition. On 4-star...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Charles Pollock For Knoll Arm Executive Chair
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous vintage original red orange Pollock desk chair / executive chair designed by Charles Pollack for Knoll. This is original orange red fabric in almost pristine original condit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

5 Knoll Swivel Tilt Office Chairs Designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll c 1960's
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in New York, NY
Chic set of five Charles Pollock design for Knoll swivel tilt desk, or office chairs. The chairs feature supple black leather seats and backs, with black plastic arms, and shell, on ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Black Leather Executive Desk Chairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll
By Knoll, Charles Pollock
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of vintage black leather rolling office chairs designed by Charles Pollock and manufactured by Knoll. The stylish armchair has sleek lines, star base, chrome detail and the or...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Charles Pollock by Knoll Executive Chair, 1970s
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Germantown, MD
Fabulous Executive armchairs by Charles Pollock for Knoll. Each chair is comprised of brown leather seat and back with button detail, aluminum band, chrome shaft, black plastic arms,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Knoll Pollock Executive Chair in Original Black Leather, Steel Frame
By Charles Pollock
Located in Wilton, CT
Offering the classic Pollock Executive Chair in its original black leather, steel frame and vintage 4-star base, in very good condition. Charles Pollock was a master of design who’s...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Charles Pollock Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Plastic

Charles Pollock office chairs and desk chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Charles Pollock office chairs and desk chairs 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 office chairs and desk chairs, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original office chairs and desk chairs 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 office chairs and desk chairs by Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Steelcase. Prices for Charles Pollock office chairs and desk chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $553 and can go as high as $9,126, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,549.

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