Sapper™ Management Chair

A traditional office chair known for legendary design.

Sapper is an award-winning classic recognized for its elegant lines and hand-finished craftsmanship. With its signature profile and comfortable, sculpted upholstery, this iconic chair is well-suited to the most distinguished executive offices, conference rooms or meeting spaces.



  • ADVANCED KNEE-TILT CONTROL MECHANISM Enhances circulation when in a reclined position
  • ADJUSTABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT Provides 4” adjustable lumbar comfort for users of any height (optional)
  • TILT TENSION 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
  • FORWARD TILT Locks the chair in a forward tilting position, eliminating strain during perched postures
  • WATERFALL EDGE Alleviates pressure points under the knee
  • SCULPTED, HIGH-RESILIENCE FOAM Provides uniform support and ensures comfort
  • HAND-FINISHED CHANNEL STITCHING AND ROSETTE PLEATS Give Sapper its executive quality and timeless aesthetic


The Sapper chair is available with 150+ KnollTextiles fabrics and Spinneybeck leathers. Some popular options are identified below.

  • color Amber (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Espresso (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Elephant (Velluto Pelle)
  • color DeltaWing (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Umbria (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Walrus (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Humpback Whale (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Gull (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Buff (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Black (Velluto Pelle)
  • color Arctic Sea (Acqua)
  • color Pamlico Sound (Acqua)
  • color Waimea Bay (Acqua)
  • color Cote d'Azur (Acqua)
  • color Black (Acqua)
  • color Normandie (Acqua)
  • color Aquitania (Acqua)
  • color Leviathan (Acqua)
  • color Caravel (Acqua)
  • color Acqua
  • color Black (Sabrina)
  • color Coffee Bean (Sabrina)
  • color Thundercloud (Sabrina)
  • color Lahaina (Sabrina)
  • color Amalfi (Sabrina)
  • color Sabrina
  • color Carmen (Sabrina)
  • color Banff (Sabrina)
  • color White (Sabrina)

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    Environmental Certification
  • 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
  • IBD Product Design Award, 1985

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Richard Sapper: “I distinguish between two different kinds of seating positions: ‘imposed’ and ‘free’. Seating is ‘imposed’ either by a specific kind of function or restricted spatial conditions. Seating in this category includes all kinds of cars, tourist class airplanes, and space module seats which are limited by available space.

"In contrast to ‘imposed’ seating there is ‘free’ seating; which means sitting on a chair in any position you like. This dynamic seating describes those whose work does not require any specific seating position. They can move their bodies and thus ease and redistribute the weight imposed on muscles, ligaments, tissues and above all, the spine. This dynamic seating requires a chair which facilitates such movement.

"The Knoll chair has been designed, and is based, on the ergonomic principles of ‘free’ seating. The chair frame is generously proportioned with wide, flat seating and supporting surfaces rather than molded or rigid contours. The suspension system is a knoll exclusive: a unique rubberized nylon mesh which conforms easily to a variety of body shapes. This straightforward design means that the chair provides comfortable dynamic seating without constant readjustment."