Life Chair

Designed by Formway Design, 2002

Everybody has a favourite chair. The chair that fits you like a glove. Seating is highly personal, like clothing. The Life chair by Knoll offers supreme comfort and ergonomic performance in a wide selection of finishes, fabrics and leathers.

Life Chair
  • Life chair



Life: Back: glass filled nylon frame, polyester yarn with co-polyester elastometric back suspension fabric. Upholstery topper: MDI polyurethane foam. Seat: glass filled nylon insert. Arm rests: aluminium/glass filled nylon post with thermoplastic urethane pad. Base: Glass filled nylon or die cast aluminium. Castors: clear nylon.


Life: base: polished aluminium, grey. Mechanism: silver. Seat & back, grey, silver, polished aluminium detail. 7 Life back suspension fabrics. 3 approved fabric, 5 approved leather groups.


With intuitive adjustments, a slim silhouette and broad colour and finish palette, Life sets the standard for ergonomics and innovative design. The advanced control automatically adjusts to the weight of the body, providing personalised and effortless ergonomic support. Rated as a high quality sustainable product, Life exemplifies our steadfast commitment to the environment. The Life chair complements, rather than dominates. Translucent back fabric and thin profile enable the chair to integrate with any environment. Numerous finish and upholstery options to suit individual environment or personality; available with back fabric in a range colours, grey or aluminium base. Controls: automated when possible; easy, obvious and labelled. Synchronised recline with auto-balanced tension. Seat pan with forward flex: unique cut-out pattern with ribbed understructure provides dynamic movement and structural stability. Back flex: like the seat, back frame is also a flexible plane that moves with you. Seat depth with a standard upright tilt lock Lumbar support: soft, pliable, clear material; spring-loaded. Arms: available armless, fixed and height-adjustable. Environmental responsibility: high recycled/recyclable content.




Overall dimensions: 97.8-111.1cm high. 67.3cm wide. 62.2cm deep. Arm height from floor: 56.5-79.4cm. Seat height: 41-53cm. Seat width: 49.5cm. Seat depth: 39.5-49.5cm. Base diameter: 66cm.

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Although Knoll has emphasised and incorporated sustainable manufacturing processes since the 1970s, the 2002 introduction of Life® marked a new level of commitment to environmental responsibility. Designed in collaboration with Formway Design, Life® represents a complete rethinking of how to approach sustainability through design. It’s not just about what materials are used, but how much material is used and how readily those materials can be separated and recycled. Almost all of the parts can be removed and updated, which combined with superior ergonomic comfort, make Life® quite possibly the last chair you will ever buy.

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Founded in 1956, New Zealand-based Formway Design has been designing furniture for more than five decades. In 1979 the company redefined itself, developing a new identity and philosophy that focused on team-based design and extensive research. Formway’s designs are informed by insight gained through observation and consideration of human behavior. Their user-centered approach marries a rigorous design process, aesthetic sensitivity, and a passion for the environment. Knoll and Formway first collaborated on the highly successful Life® Chair, introduced in 2002, which is celebrated for its sophisticated design, intuitive adjustments, responsive ergonomics and sustainable attributes. Building on these features, the two companies came together once again to develop the Generation chair, introduced in 2009. The progressive design features new materials and an elastic design that supports the physical and cognitive activities of the modern office worker. Inspired by Generation, MultiGeneration® and ReGeneration® expand the Generation by Knoll® Family.