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Sprite Stacking Chair

Ross Lovegrove 2004

Ross Lovegrove, an industrial designer recognized for forward-thinking, organically-inspired products, brought his distinctive aesthetic to Knoll with the Sprite™ Stacking Chair — his take on the quintessential molded plywood side chair.


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On chairs painted one color, edge will be painted. For chairs in two-tone combination or with veneer option, edge will be natural maple. For chairs in Exotic Alpi veneer finish, edges are natural maple. For high use applications, maple or veneer options are recommended.


  • color Clear Maple/Maple/Rotary Maple
  • color Natural Beech Lumber
  • color Cherry
  • color Walnut
  • color Zebra
  • color Macasser Ebony
  • color Black and White Woodgrain
  • color White
  • color Grey
  • color Navy
  • color Red
  • color Lime
  • color Black
  • color Chrome, Polished


Additional Info

Construction and Details
  • Available in 6 painted finishes and 7 veneer finishes. Two-tone combinations can be specified
  • Chairs painted one color will have painted edges. Chairs in a two-tone combination or with veneer options will have natural maple edges
  • Shell is molded plywood made of six layers of maple and three layers of adhesive
  • Base is 5/8” tubular steel with mirror chrome finish
  • Shell is connected to the base with four screws. Four rubber bumpers assure proper stacking
  • Available with arms
  • Seat pad available in a range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Chairs without seat pad stack 8-10 high and 4-6 high with a seatpad
  • Chairs with arms stack 4-6 high 
  • Tablet arm, ganging mechanism and transportation dolly available (Armless chairs stack 10-12 high on a dolly, chairs with arms stacks 4-6 high on dolly)
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Lovegrove Sprite Stacking Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD
  • Learn more about Sprite Stacking Chair product certifications and materials at Ecomedes.

Configure Sprite Stacking Chair

The configurator below is for reference purposes only. All options, finishes and sizes may not be represented.
For the complete scope, please refer to the KnollStudio price list.


Looking to add an affordable and flexible design to the side chair category, Knoll collaborated with British industrial designer Ross Lovegrove.

Inspired by classic Scandinavian molded plywood chairs from designers like Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobson, Lovegrove designed a chair that was simple without being plain, exciting without being aggressive. He distinguished the chair from similar designs with an expansive library of finish options and the unique option of selecting different surfaces for the inside and outside of the chair.

With its relatively quiet form and vast styling options, the chair is highly adaptable to varied settings and decors. From sophisticated to flamboyant, subdued to vibrant, Sprite can do it all.

Ross Lovegrove is known in the design industry for integrating aspects of high-technology with more traditional design ideas in order to create objects that are as much a piece of art as they are a functional component of the modern environment. His portfolio includes several notable projects, including the design of the Sony Walkman and work with Apple computers. As a consultant, Lovegrove has worked with Luis Vuitton, Cacharel, Dupoint, and Hermes, among others. In 1990, he set up his own design office in London, called Studio X.

Lovegrove contributed substantially to the development of the Alessandri Office System as an in-house designer for Knoll International in Paris. Knoll entered into the plywood stacking chair market with his Sprite Chair, introduced in 2004. His most recent contribution, the Lovegrove Collection, is a playful celebration of form and material, perfectly in line with the Knoll tradition.

Today, Lovegrove remains an active and prominent figure in the design world.