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Set of Four Charles Pollock for Knoll Leather Executive Desk Chairs

$4,800per set

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Gorgeous set of four Knoll leather executive desk office armchairs designed by Charles Pollock in 1963. The chairs feature a tufted, smooth supple leather upholstery in a rare sienna or brick color. Each chair has a tilt movement and 360 degree turn radius. They adjust from 31-36 inches high with a seat adjustment of 18-23 inches high. Made with a chromed aluminum decorative trim ring around the seat and back. The chairs are supported by a five star base ending with casters. From an estate in Los Angeles, CA.

Details

  • Creator
    Charles Pollock (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    21st Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent joinery and craftsmanship with age appropriate wear.
  • Seller Location
    Rio Vista, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1555220459032

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    Ships From: Rio Vista, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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About the Designer

Charles Pollock

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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About the Seller
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Located in Rio Vista, CA

Erin Lane Estate is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and its team of furniture restorers, art curators, professional appraisers and Asia specialists sources prime vintage and antique furniture from the finest estates in Northern and Southern California. Erin Lane Estate specializes in Hollywood Regency, McGuire, Chinese and Japanese pieces.

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