Generation by Knoll®

The first chair that lets you sit how you want.

This award-winning office chair offers a new standard of comfort and unrestrained movement. Responding to ergonomic research, which challenges the idea that we only sit in a single forward-facing position, Generation is designed to support the range of postures and workstyles typical of today’s workplace. Generation takes the idea of elastic design—where a product rearranges itself in response to its user—to a new level.

Key Features

  • FRAMELESS FLEX BACK Fuses two elements: high performance elastomeric Flex Back Net cradles your back and provides integral lumbar support, and figure 8 structure enables multidimensional movement
  • FLEX SEAT Offers 270 degrees of unobstructed seat edge flex with a buoyant two-piece cushion and nest structure
  • CONTINUOUS LUMBAR Carries the lumbar support from the back into the arms to support side sitting
  • DYNAMIC SUSPENSION™ Offers weight compensated, synchronized recline for a smooth, effortless ride
  • FLEX TOP Folds over as armrest for side sitting

Generation by Knoll® Options

Generation Fabric is the base grade fabric for Generation by Knoll, but the chair is also available with 150+ KnollTextiles fabrics and Spinneybeck leathers.

  • color Storm
  • color Meteor
  • color Pebble
  • color Desert
  • color Lemongrass
  • color Espresso
  • color Firecracker
  • color Bluemarine
  • color Onyx
  • color Olive
  • color Onyx
  • color Espresso
  • color Storm
  • color Olive
  • color Desert
  • color Firecracker
  • color Bluemarine
  • color Lemongrass
  • color Pebble
  • color Dark Finish
  • color Light Finish

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    Environmental Certification & Sustainable Design
  • BIFMA level® 3 certified
  • Rated Sustainable Platinum under the SMaRT© Consensus Sustainable Product Standards
  • GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certified
  • Can contribute to achieving U.S. Green Building Council LEED® credits
  • Manufactured in East Greenville, PA using clean technologies at the Knoll LEED® Gold and ISO 14001 Certified Lubin Building
  • Plastic base version made with 38% recylced content and 39%  readily recyclable parts
  • Aluminum base version made with 44% recylced content and 54% readily recyclable parts
  • Flex Back Net made of renewably sourced material; chair is more than 2% rapidly
    renewable material by weight
  • Constructed using minimal materials
  • Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Seating: Desk/Workstation Task Chairs, 2009
  • Interior Design, Best of the Year Award, 2009
  • Chicago Athenaeum, Good Design Award, 2009
  • Product of the Year: Workplace Seating, FX International Interior Design Awards, 2010
  • Middle East Office Exhibition Gold Award, 2010

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By watching hundreds of hours of video and conducting in-depth interviews with workers of all ages, in all disciplines, Knoll and Formway Design recognized that the basic assumption about office seating — that there are only a few optimal ways to sit while at work — was flawed.

In fact, their investigation showed that sitting upright and facing forward was just one of the ways people use their office chairs. Shifting, stretching, rotating, leaning, and reclining not only relieve boredom but are essential to our ability to stay energized and collaborate with colleagues.

Understanding that no combination of adjustment levers could make a chair equally comfortable in each of those positions, Formway sought to achieve an elastic design—the idea that a product would rearrange itself in response to a user’s movements. After years of design and development, spent considering and reconsidering every component of the chair, Formway arrived at a truly innovative design.

With a revolutionary new material for the chair’s back and a form that anticipates and allows for a multitude of body positions, Generation achieves Knoll and Formway’s mission to help workers sit how they want. It is truly the next generation of seating.

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