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de Armas Chair

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Raul de Armas 1991

Wanting his chair “to be classic, not classical,” Raul de Armas drew on the principles of modern architecture and a strict geometric logic. Despite its generous proportions, the de Armas chair is graceful and visually light, with flush connections and gently tapering legs and armrests.

Call to Purchase:

NYC Home Design Shop: 212 343-4190
LA Home Design Shop: 310 620-2680
Customer Service: 888 343-5665


Construction and Details
  • Available with or without arms
  • Upholstered seat and seat back available in a range of KnollTextiles
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  • Upholstered seat and seat back available in a range of Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Seat is comprised of highly elastic woven membrane suspension with a polyurethane foam insert
  • Fully upholstered chair features an inset back with welt detail
  • Frame is select clear European Maple hardwood frame in a clear finish or select Beech hardwood stained finishes
  • Chairs are finished with a catalyzed lacquer protective coating and a hand-applied final wax coating
  • Recessed plastic glides included
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Certified Clean Air GOLD


After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in architecture, Cuban-born designer Raul de Armas joined the prominent architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1967. He was ultimately made a partner and appointed as Director of Interiors for the New York office, and Interiors magazine named him “Designer of the Year” In 1984. De Armas left SOM in 1991 to become a founding partner of Moed, de Armas & Shannon.

In the late 1980s de Armas collaborated with Carolyn Iu to design Palio, a collection of leather office accessories introduced by KnollExtra in 1991. In the same year, with assistance from then Knoll Director of Design Carl Magnusson, de Armas designed a wooden arm chair bearing his name. As a strong proponent of the modernist philosophy, de Armas incorporates fundamental architectural principles throughout his designs.