MultiGeneration by Knoll® Hybrid Base

Keep the Conversation Moving®


MultiGeneration by Knoll® encourages collaboration with a responsive, open design that supports multiple postures and a diversity of people in shared, team and large group environments. MultiGeneration encourages natural movement, allowing us to focus, interact and communicate more effectively.



  • OPEN DESIGN Allows for 270° sitting, perfect for collaborative, group environments
  • PASSIVE FLEX Encourages natural movement, helping with energy and focus
  • PERFORATED BACKPprovides airflow and coordinates with Generation by Knoll® family of chairs
  • ROLLED TOP EDGE Serves armrest when side sitting, or handle for transporting
  • DYNAMIC SEAT STRUCTURE Features a composite spring that increases comfort and movement
  • HYBRID BASE Combines the comfort of a cantilever form with a sturdy 4-leg construction, giving the option of mobility from casters and freeing up the front corners for various postures

MultiGeneration Finishes

Generation Fabric is the base grade fabric for MultiGeneration by Knoll, but the chair is also available with 130+ KnollTextiles fabrics.

  • color Onyx
  • color Dark Grey
  • color Grey
  • color Off White
  • color Yellow
  • color Dark Red
  • color Black
  • color Metallic Grey
  • color Silver
  • color Chrome
  • color Onyx
  • color Espresso
  • color Storm
  • color Olive
  • color Desert
  • color Firecracker
  • color Bluemarine
  • color Lemongrass
  • color Pebble

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    Environmental Certification
  • BIFMA level® 3 certified
  • Rated Sustainable Gold under the SMaRT© Consensus Sustainable Product Standard
  • GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certified
  • Can contribute to achieving U.S. Green Building Council LEED® credits
    Sustainable Design
  • Manufactured in East Greenville, PA using clean technologies at the Knoll LEED® Gold and ISO 14001 Certified Lubin Building
  • Constructed using minimal materials and is PVC-free
  • Powder coating and adhesives are virtually VOC-free
  • Recycled and recyclable content varies by model
  • Chicago Athenaeum, Good Design Award, 2010

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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.