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Crinion Side Chair

Jonathan Crinion 1999

The Crinion wood side chair, with soft lines and pleasing proportions, offers a graceful alternative to more angular, geometric options. Crinion describes the chair as, “a very clean, simple, friendly chair—light and movable with a sense of economy.”  The chair is offered with or without ribbon-candy arms in a wide array of finish options.


View Approved KnollTextiles

  • color Beech
  • color Bronzed Cherry
  • color Light Cherry
  • color Medium Cherry
  • color Medium Walnut
  • color Warm Brown Walnut
  • color Medium Red Mahogany
  • color Deep Red Mahogany
  • color Burnt Walnut
  • color Ebonized
  • color European Clear Maple


Additional Info

Construction and Details
  • Upholstered seat available in a range of KnollTextiles
  • Upholstered seat available in a range of Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Seat pad reaches to the seat frame edge and surrounds the arms
  • Seat cushion is high-density polyurethane foam on a plywood seat basket with Dymetrol suspension
  • Select clear European Maple hardwood frame with Maple plywood back panel in a clear finish
  • Select Beech hardwood frame with plywood back panel in clear or stained finishes
  • Dowel, mortise and tenon construction. Arm is supported by a metal cross dowel
  • Chairs are finished with a catalyzed lacquer protective coating and a hand-applied final wax coating
  • Available with or without arms
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Crinion Side Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD
  • Learn more about Crinion Side Chair product certifications and materials at Ecomedes.


A promoter of sustainable design solutions, British-born designer Jonathan Crinion spent many years living in Canada where he first became interested in environmental stewardship. He completed an undergraduate thesis on solar energy at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in the Department of Product and Systems Design. Crinion went on to study architecture and industrial design at Carleton University and the University of Toronto. In 1986, he founded Crinion Associates, a design consultancy working across disciplines to pursue smarter solutions to the problems of today.

Crinion first collaborated with Knoll as a consultant during the development of the Reff System. His first solo product, the Crinion chair, was introduced in 1999 and was followed two years later by the Crinion Collection, a contemporary version of the traditional wooden executive office. That same year he designed the Crinion Open Table, a concept which revolutionized open plan office design and helped keep Knoll at the leading edge of the industry.

Crinion is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London. He continues to consider the problems of environmental management and ecological impact.