The Chair That Changed it All

       2020 MILESTONES

The Chair That Changed it All

Celebrating a Decade of Innovation with the Generation by Knoll Anniversary Collection

Before the introduction of Generation by Knoll in 2009, task chair design was informed by mainstream thinking that assumed there was one way we sit at work: back straight, head down and in the same position eight hours a day. 

This all changed when Knoll and Formway launched their groundbreaking chair that defined a new intersection of ergonomic industrial design by combining unrestrained comfort, ease of movement and peak performance.

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Generation by Knoll was first to allow you to sit how you want. Boasting virtually unrestricted movement, DeclareSM-certified, LEED®-compliant Generation also invented an entirely new engineered polymer application for office seating, resulting in the tightly-stretched Flex Back Net. Now, more than a decade later, the very questions Generation was out to solve are even more relevant as material innovation continues to raise the bar on industrial design.

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a chair made for how we truly move

Generation was made for how we truly move, and how we work. “The chair set the standard for ‘elastic design’—the notion that a product can rearrange itself in response to the body,” notes Knoll Design Director, Benjamin Pardo. Generation popularized new ideas around the themes of holistic ergonomics and “elastic design” that continue to reverberate across the industry. 

In celebration of the design’s ten years, the Anniversary Collection offers an expanded range of new and vivid colors that collectively remind us to be bold and take control of how we want.

This story is from our debut issue of Knoll Works—a publication showcasing how our constellation of brands and planning capabilities create inspiring workspaces. 

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