Pilot Chair for Knoll

Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 2015

The Pilot Chair embodies refinement, comfort and exceptional craftmanship. A modern piece with a unique silhouette. It is available in a range of fabric and leather coverings, with high and low backs, without arms or with different arm options.

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Varied upholstery options for arms, seat and back provide the opportunity to successfully harmonize the Pilot Chair within any given interior.



Base: Swivel four star aluminium base buffed to mirror finish or painted.
Upholstery: polyurethane foam upholstered in leather or fabric. Arms, back and seat upholstered in fabric can be specified in different colours if belonging to the same fabric. Arms, back and seat upholstered in leather must be specified in the same leather and colour.



Low or high back, charcoal base.
Low or high back, bright base.




Low Back without arms 60cm W x 70cm D x 81cm H
Low Back with arms 69cm W x 70cm D x 81cm H

High Back without arms 60cm W x 77cm D x 100cm H          
High Back with arms 69cm W x 77cm D x 100cm H

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Begun in 2013 with the launch of the Barber & Osgerby Collection of sofas, armchairs and ottomans, the brilliant interaction between Knoll and the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby continues, with the aim of moving forward with the brand’s cultural heritage, from a forerunner of modernism to an interpreter of contemporary design.

The collaboration with the London-based studio has led to the Pilot Chair, a modern, innovative lounge chair, perfect for any type of space, from the home to the office. The slim backed chair has a striking profile that will perfectly suit the domestic setting whilst adapting perfectly to use as an executive armchair.

The Pilot Chair is the sum of elegant design, comfort, exclusive materials and fine craftsmanship, and a perfect example of the approach the two English designers apply in all their projects, which always stand out for great intellectual rigor and avant-garde design.

“When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection,” Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby comment. “Of course times have changed since the early Knoll pieces and we are more focused these days on such aspects as flexibility, customization and logistics as an integral part of our design. Our new Pilot chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture.”

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Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s Studio in East London is at the hub of the city’s creative industries. Edward and Jay are internationally renowned designers, they challenge the boundaries of design in this country and abroad, and help to develop the next generation of designers through lectures, workshops and studio practice.

Having obtained their Masters’ degrees in architecture at The Royal College of Art, they founded Barber & Osgerby in 1996.

They bring different qualities to the practice but, whilst being conscious of, and informed by the past, both believe in innovation, and experimentation with form and new technologies within an ethical framework. Their work recognises the close relationship between design and fine art, as evidenced, for example, in their many installations.

This strong foundation has led to collaborations with some of the world’s most progressive companies [1], and inspiring individuals, leading to recognition within the profession when they received the Jerwood prize in 2004, the accolade of Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) in 2007, and were awarded honorary doctorates by several institutions. In 2013 they received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the design industry. [2]

Their design for the Olympic Torch in 2012 resonated with the wider public, and perhaps projects such as: The design for the £2 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Double Space, 2014, the installation of revolving mirrors in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A London, and Forecast, the wind-powered installation displayed at Somerset House in London, for the first London Design Biennale, have a visibility which makes their studio’s creations accessible to a wider public. Their diverse output includes architecture, interiors, sculpture, product and exhibition design.

Permanent and prestigious collections worldwide house examples of their work, including the V&A Museum, London; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; London’s Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alongside their primary studio, in 2001 Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded Universal Design Studio, now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies working in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. In 2012 MAP was launched, a strategy-based industrial design studio that draws on the creative and commercial expertise of the Barber & Osgerby studio.

For further information, please visit www.barberosgerby.com

Notes to Editors
[1] Barber & Osgerby clients both past and present include: Axor, B&B Italia, BMW, Flos, Galerie Kreo, Hermes, Knoll, Louis Vuitton, Magis, Venini and Vitra [2] Some of the awards presented to Barber & Osgerby have included: D&AD Yellow Pencil, Elle Decoration British Design Awards, Design Guild Mark, Design Museum Design of the Year, World Technology Award, Germany Design Award and Design Miami/Basel Designers of the Future.