Pollock Arm Chair

Charles Pollock 1960

Designed in 1960 and originally manufactured from 1964-79, the steel and leather ‘sling chair’ or '657', as it is commonly referred to, offers a refined combination of materials and finishes. Tubular steel legs connect to cast-aluminum arms and stretchers with exposed hardware, exemplifying Pollock’s ‘honest’ approach to design. Reintroduced 2014.


Construction and Details
  • Sling is Spinneybeck Belting Leather, available in 27 colors
  • Seat pad is urethane cushion with Spinneybeck Portofino leather
  • Arms and stretchers are cast aluminum with black painted finish
  • Legs are tubular steel with polished chrome finish

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General Info


Sling available in all Spinneybeck Belting Leather Colors. Seat pad available in Portofino. 

  • color Black
  • color Fudge
  • color Chocolate
  • color Eggplant
  • color Umber
  • color Warm Beige
  • color Brown
  • color Khaki
  • color Taupe
  • color Putty
  • color Cream
  • color Medium Grey
  • color Gun Metal
  • color Light Grey
  • color Smoke
  • color White
  • color Deep Purple
  • color Deep Green
  • color Key Lime
  • color Lemon Meringue
  • color Sunshine
  • color Sweet Potato
  • color Dark Salmon
  • color Simply Red
  • color Cinnamon
  • color Dark Mustard


Pollock describes the chair’s inception:

“I was penniless, didn’t have a car and I was making my prototypes out of plumbing that I pulled out of an old, abandoned basement. I brought all these prototypes in [to Knoll] without an appointment and pushed them off the elevator and said, ‘I want to see Florence Knoll.’ Fortunately for me, [Senior Designer] Vincent Cafiero came out just by accident, and he said, ‘Who are you?’ I said, ‘I’m Charles Pollock.’ I had had a major article in Interiors, in a series of articles about Saarinen, Eames, and myself about three or four months before, and he had read that…. So Cafiero said, “Look, this stuff is interesting. Why don’t you take this idea and throw this other idea into it?” Eventually, between Vincent Cafiero and myself, I developed a quarter-inch scale model of a chair that was very, very similar to…the 657 chair. That was the beginning…. And the rest is history.”