Jehs+Laub Lounge Collection

Designed by Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub, 2009

The Jehs+Laub Lounge Chair, inspired by the structure and geometry of earlier Knoll designs, is the latest in a long and distinguished line of Knoll lounge furniture. The sweeping form is balanced by an inviting interior inspired by traditional quilting.

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Inspired by traditional quilting, the Jehs+Laub Collection—which includes a Lounge Chair and accompanying Ottoman—offers a tactile dialogue between functional form and sculptural shape. Composed of block patterns that are joined and completed with a surrounding border, it weds craftsmanship with distinctive style.


Shell: Molded and reinforced urethane.

Base: Pedestal base is available with textured black paint finish. Wire base is available with polished chrome finish and with textured black paint finish.

Upholstery: Polyurethane foam with polyester-fiber backing. Hidden seam tufting eliminates the need for traditional welts or buttons. Complementary or contrasting leather welt detail is available on both chair and ottoman.

Glides: Nylon glides, natural.


Available in a selection of fabrics and leathers.




Wire base - Lounge Chair

Overall height: 98.5cm; seat height: 38cm; ; seat width 84.5cm; seat depth 81cm.

Wire base - Ottoman
Height 43cm; width 78cm; depth 55cm.

Pedestal base - Lounge Chair
Overall height: 100cm; seat height: 38cm; ; seat width 84.5cm; seat depth 81cm.

Pedestal base - Ottoman
Height 43cm; width 78cm; depth 55cm.


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When the opportunity to develop a new lounge collection arose in 2007, Knoll Director of Design Benjamin Pardo immediately went to German designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub. Pardo had hoped to work with Jehs + Laub for some time, thinking they were the right designers to further the legacy of Knoll lounge seating.

Jehs and Laub: “In the beginning we studied all the Knoll classic furniture which impressed us the most — the Mies Chair, the Bertoia Chairs and the Florence Knoll Sofa…We were very impressed with the structure and the pattern. We made little models in fabric with sewing lines, and when Benjamin Pardo visited us, he said ‘this looks like a quilt,’ which was very interesting because the quilt production tradition is in Pennsylvania. It’s always important for us when we work for a company that we find the identity and culture of that company. So, we were very happy to be working with the quilt. The next step became, how can we keep the idea of the quilt?...We wanted a chair that was stable at the base, and remained very soft at the top, to maintain the quilt image…That was the beginning of the idea to have the movable head rest.”

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Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub studied industrial design at the Hochshcule für Gestaltung Schwäebisch Gmuend, cemented their friendship during an internship in New York and began Jehs+Laub in 1994. Their work focuses on furniture and lighting as well as interior projects: most notably, suite 606 at the Ice Hotel in Sweden and the master concept of worldwide showrooms for Mercedes-Benz®. Jehs+Laub have been the recipient of numerous international design awards.