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MultiGeneration by Knoll® - Hybrid Base

Formway Design 2010

Recognizing that we fidget—from tapping our feet to twirling our pens—to keep us alert and engaged, MultiGeneration by Knoll® has a form and function that encourages natural movement , allowing us to focus and communicate more effectively.

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Freedom for every body.

Sitting doesn't have to be a static state. MultiGeneration removes the constraints of the typical static chair and provides the right balance of responsiveness and support with innovative features.

Hybrid Base

The unique hybrid chair design combines comfort and mobility. A buoyant, cantilevered form meets a 4-leg construction with the option of casters. The Dynamic Seat Structure creates an active ride for enhanced performance and comfort.

Open Design

The full, curved back allows for upper body movement and supports the lower back for upright, interactive postures, while a gently contoured seat with rounded corners and a cantilevered arm design lets you shift positions easily. The arms feature contoured arm pads to lean against when side sitting.

Passive Flex

The flexing shell of the seat provides comfort and promotes natural movement without the need for a mechanism.

Performance Back

The back of the chair, while visually simple, is designed for performance. The perforated back makes the chair more breathable than typical shell chairs. The rolled top edge serves as an armrest for side sitting and a handle for easy transport.

Details

Features
  • This chair has been tested and is approved for use by individuals weighing up to 300 pounds
  • This chair is warranted for 12 years, 24-hour, 7 days a week, multi shift use. See Knoll Selling Policy for further details, conditions and exclusions
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • BIFMA certified
  • Certified Clean Air GOLD
  • Can contribute to achieving U.S. Green Building Council LEED® credits
  • Constructed using minimal materials and PVC free
  • Powder coating and adhesives are virtually VOC-free
     
Additional Options Available by Phone (See Below)
  • Upholstered seat pad
  • Hard Casters and Glides
  • Base in Black and Metallic Grey
  • Tablet arm

 

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“We fidget to focus.” This, according to Formway Senior designer, was the central thesis that informed MultiGeneration by Knoll®. Contrary to popular assumption, foot-tapping, pen-twirling and position-shifting actually help people stay engaged.

Therefore, MultiGeneration is designed to allow for and encourage movement, while still providing adequate support. The shape and material of the shell give the chair a buoyancy that prevents the user from feeling “locked in” while the arm and leg positions allow for 270 degrees of movement.

The optional hybrid base for MultiGeneration is a unique design solution that combines the comfort of a cantilever form with a sturdy four-leg construction, giving the option of mobility from casters and freeing up the front corners for various postures. Cantilevered chairs have dynamic frames that respond to a user’s weight, but typically they cannot accommodate casters, which are desirable in a multipurpose chair, nor do they have front leg structures that can limit the user’s leg movement. Four-leg chairs are sturdy and allow for casters, but they don’t have a dynamic frame. Formway selected the most desirable attributes of the traditional base types to create the MultiGeneration hybrid base, a melding of cantilever and four-leg constructions.

MultiGeneration serves the functional purposes of a side chair, with the consideration and ergonomics of a standalone seating solution.