Light. Intuitive. Flexible. Environmental.


With intuitive adjustments, a slim silhouette and broad color and finish palette, Life sets the standard for ergonomics and innovative design. The advanced control automatically adjusts to the weight of your body, providing personalized and effortless ergonomic support.



  • SYNCHRONIZED RECLINE with auto-balanced tension adjusts effortlessly using your body weight as counter balance
  • KNIT BACK SUSPENSION FABRIC available in 14 colors. Optional backtopper available in leather or fabric
  • DYNAMIC SEAT PAN WITH FORWARD FLEX alleviates pressure points, allows for proper circulation, supports perched postures and eliminates the need for thick foam upholstery
  • ADJUSTABLE SEAT DEPTH provides ample 4” range for various body types
  • FLEXING BACK FRAME follows your movements and ensures constant full back support
  • TENSION PREFERENCE SELECTOR adjusts the resistance of the reclining mechanism
  • TILT LOCK gives users the ability to lock the chair upright or allow for recline, depending on the task
  • FOUR BASE OPTIONS: Painted or polished aluminum, grey or black plastic
  • FOUR ARM OPTIONS: High performance, height adjustable, fixed height aluminum and fixed height plastic

Life Finishes

The Knitted Seat Topper is the base grade fabric for Life, but the chair is also available with 150+ KnollTextiles fabrics and Spinneybeck leathers.

  • color Beige Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Camel Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Dark Brown Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Olive Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Eclipse Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Dark Grey Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Dark Blue Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Scarlet Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Grape Knit Topper Fabric
  • color Frost Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Platinum Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Charcoal Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Eclipse Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Blackout Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Beige Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Grain Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Avocado Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Bronze Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Chestnut
  • color Rouge Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Sunset Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Plum Back Suspension Fabric
  • color Navy Back Suspension Fabric

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    Environmental Certification
  • BIFMA level® 3 certified
  • Rated Sustainable Gold under the SMaRT© Consensus Sustainable Product Standard
  • Can contribute to achieving U.S. Green Building Council LEED® credits
  • Sustainable Design
  • Plastic base version made with 55% recycled content and 58% readily recyclable parts
  • Aluminum base version made with 60% recycled content and 70% readily recyclable parts
  • Constructed using minimal materials
  • Adhesives and coatings are virtually VOC-free


  • Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum, 2003, USA
  • NeoCon Gold, Best of NeoCon, Task Chair - Seating Design, June 2002, USA
  • IIDEX/NeoCon, Sustainable Design Gold Award, 2002, Canada

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Although Knoll has emphasized 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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