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Executive Armchair by Charles Pollock for Knoll Brown Leather with 4 Prong Base

$1,495

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Handsome executive chair by Charles Pollock for Knoll. Comprised of brown leather, aluminum band, chrome shaft, black plastic arms, and a 4-prong stainless base with casters. Wonderful vintage condition with some tightening of the buttons as they were a bit loose and some wear in the leather as you would expect with a vintage piece. It has a nice, aged patina. The leather was treated with lexol and we lubricated the height adjustment assembly. Please see photos. Circa, 1981. Without a doubt, this is just the office chair you have been looking for! I mean, what’s not to love about it? First off, it is designed by the iconic Charles Pollock…. for the ELITE Knoll Furniture and its original tag is intact and is dated January 19, 1981. As if that’s not enough to entice you, let’s talk about the classic 4-prong base with stainless arms and painted black sides, gorgeous casters, and cylindrical chrome shaft! The bucket style seat is wrapped in brown leather with a button detail on the seat and back and black plastic arms. The buttons were a bit loose so they have all been tightened and the leather has a fabulous, aged patina that can only be created by natural wear and the hands of time. The entire bucket seat is surrounded by an aluminum band that was described by Charles Pollock as “rim technology.” Which he created to hold the entire design together both structurally and visually. This exemplary office chair is both stylish and comfortable. Just what you need for your new home office or as an extra seat in your living or family room, whether you have a mid-century modern home, an industrial loft, modern country, or mountain ranch home. 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. We absolutely love this executive armchair and surely you must too…you MUST make it yours!! Chair: • Height – 30.5 – 32.5 inches • Width – 24.5 inches • Depth – 28 inches • Seat height – 19 inches • Arm height – 25.5 inches • Inside seat width – 21.5 inches • Inside seat depth – 19 inches • Inside back height – 17 inches • Weight – 37.88 pounds Boxed size: • Height – 36 inches • Width – 30 inches • Depth – 34 inches • Weight – 50 pounds.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Charles Pollock (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.5 in. (82.55 cm)Width: 24.5 in. (62.23 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1981
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Wonderful vintage condition with some tightening of the buttons as they were a bit loose & some wear in the leather. It has a nice, aged patina. The leather was treated with lexol and the height adjustment assembly lubricated. Please see photos.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-SEA-389A1stDibs: LU1873323463792

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    Ships From: Topeka, KS
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About the Manufacturer

Knoll

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office. The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design — a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems — as Knoll's mid-century modern furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace. Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.
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