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Knoll Generation Chair



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Back Color
Available in a range of colors, the Generation Chair Flex Back is made of high performance flexible elastomer and glass reinforced* polyester.

*not your ordinary glass
Seat Finish   Click For More Info
Seat Finish
The padded seat is made of high-resiliency molded urethane foam with textile cover and integrally colored nylon structure.
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Seat Finish
There are 3 different options for your Generation Chair arms:

No Arms
Pretty self explanatory.

Height-Adjustable Arms
10" height-adjustable, easily activated with a lever located underneath the arm.

High-Performance Arms
These also offer height-adjustability as well as pivoting armpads that are width and depth-adjustable.
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Base Finish
Available in a light or dark finish.

The light frame is not available with the dark base (next step), nor is the dark frame available with the light base, but both are available with the polished aluminum base.
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Base Finish
Available in a light, dark, or polished aluminum.

The light base is not available with the dark frame (previous step), nor is the dark base available with the light frame. Both frames are available with the polished aluminum base.
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Lumbar Support
An optional vertically adjustable lumbar support mechanism is available.

Generation ChairGeneration Chair with Lumbar Support
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Casters
Casters are available for both carpet and hard floors. The hard floor casters may also be used on carpet.
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Seat
The padded seat is made of high-resiliency molded urethane foam. The Ultra Seat option is 1/2" thicker than the thin seat option.
Item #: GENERATION
$624.00
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Comfort / Ergonomics:
8 of 10 stars

Design:
9 of 10 stars

Style:
8 of 10 stars

Quality:
10 of 10 stars

Environmental:
9 of 10 stars

Performance:
8 of 10 stars

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Knoll Generation Chair
designed Formway Design


Knoll Generation ChairAt A Glance:
The Knoll Generation Chair is a truly one of a kind office chair. Knoll is a one of a kind furniture giant, so that makes plenty of sense. Generation is a completely modern chair, outfitted with advanced ergonomics, a sleek, unique design, and a novel concept; build a chair where the user dictates the sitting position, and not the other way around. Such an idea might come around only once in a...wait for it...generation.

What's To Like:
The design, first and foremost. Generation has a zig zag right in the middle of the back of the chair, a kind of accordion angle, and that's where the secret to its success lies. That strange angle is actually a hinge, and it allows the person who sits in the chair to sit one of three ways - facing front, facing back, or side saddle. Either way, that unique back support their wait and keeps them comfortable. And aside from being innovative and helpful, it's also very cool.

What's Not to Like:
If you're not into a chair that's loud or makes a statement, this chair isn't for you. Buying it means you'll definitely get some attention around the office, especially when you ride it side saddle (ladylike).

The Bottom Line:

On their latest trip into the sphere of modern office chairs, Knoll hit a home run with the flexible, comfortable, creative and beautiful Generation Chair.

Generation's Features at a Glance

    • Adjustable Tilt Limiter
      Adjust the amount of recline your chair delivers when you lean back. You can work in the Generation Chair in a reclined or an upright posture

    • Flex Back Net
      Moves in unison with the user. The Flex Back is made of a high performance elastomer material that is lightweight and soft to the touch, yet extremely durable and won't sag over time. The frameless structure doesn't restrict lateral movement while sitting.

    • Figure 8 Back
      Unique design enables side-to-side flexing and provides optimal support for the lumbar and shoulder areas.

    • Flex Top
      Enhances your ranges of movement perhaps more than any other feature- the flex top folds over the top edge of the back, providing a comfortable armrest for sitting sideways or backwards.

    • Flex Seat
      Malleable front seat edge flexes 270 degrees to support user's legs without restricting circulation. Seat perimeter is void of imposing levers or rigid frames- enabling the user to utilize the whole seat. Also includes 3" seat depth adjustment.

  • Continuous Lumbar
    Back support supplied by the Flex Back extends through Generation's arms. The shape and alignment of the cantilever arms provide lumbar support if you're sitting frontwards, sideways or backwards, or any point in-between.

The Knoll Generation Chair is a piece of furniture uniquely qualified for this time in history. It's a work chair that embodies the concept of elastic design; design which molds itself to the user, and not vice versa. Materials should inform the chair and serve the user, and purposes should be multi-faceted and large in scale. The Knoll Generation Chair has embraced elastic design to meet those criteria. The Generation Chair was built to operate at a high level in your office, and in today's modern workplace that means being able to accommodate a variety of uses, tasks, postures, and seating styles.

The Generation Chair has to be elastic because it has to be flexible; like the modern worker, and the modern work environment, it must be a multi-task, highly flexible and adaptable piece of furniture. With those goals in mind, Knoll and the fine designers working there have made sure that the Generation Chair fulfills and exceeds every requirement and expectation. There are several categories in which chairs, especially office chairs, are measured. Read more about the Generation Chair in the workplace. Comfort is usually rated the most important quality in an office chair by worker. Of course, there is also support, which is vitally important to your physical well-being and your mental peace at work. There is ergonomics; does the chair you're sitting in help you do your job more efficiently? Does it make you life at work easier, or harder? Can it help you to be more productive? There is style; does the chair you use when you're at work give you a lift? Is it attractive? Does it complement or improve the aesthetic of your office, or does it detract from it?

The Generation Chair has the right answers to these and to many more like-minded questions. It's extremely comfortable, first of all, with it's innovative shape and design contributing to a more giving, more ergonomically correct chair. When you sit in the chair, it not only gives you a soft landing, it keeps you supported in all the right spots. Another important aspect of comfort is freedom of movement, and no chair on earth is more amenable to that than the Generation Chair. Sit forwards, sit backwards, sit sideways; sit however you want, and the Generation Chair will accommodate you and make you feel comfortable.

Knoll Generation Flex Back

In terms of support, the chair is an excellent choice. The curved back takes pressure off of your lumbar region and lower back, and gives your neck, shoulders, spine and upper back a less stressful sitting experience.

Ergonomically, the chair is a beauty. Not only does the adaptability in sitting style help in terms of comfort and freedom of movement, it makes you more productive. By keeping you less occupied by how uncomfortable you are, or how restricted, the freedom of the Generation Chair gives you the peace of mind to be focused, alert, and productive. The chair increases your efficiency by increasing your freedom. Neat trick.

As far as style goes, the Knoll Generation Chair is really without parallel. The peculiar, but refreshing and revolutionary, design is a hallmark of the Knoll legacy. It's different and modern and challenging in some ways, but it's also beautiful and right at home in a museum. You won't find a more energetic and stylish chair than the Generation anywhere, and Knoll is proud to have made one more entry into their long record of making beautiful furniture.

The Knoll Generation Chair was created for outside-the-box offices, so it had to have outside-the-box designers and thinkers to build it. The first idea in this vein was to disdain the traditional concept of single orientation seating. Knoll believed the worker should have the option of how to sit, and that every option should be comfortable and useful in the modern workplace. The Knoll Generation Chair is designed for nearly every imaginable posture and position. It can be sat in side-saddle, legs underneath the armrests; The Generation Chair accommodates reverse sitting, where the user sits backwards, chest resting against the back of the chair. The angled back of the Generation Chair allows for several postures to be held comfortably (and safely) for long stretches of time. The Generation Chair was built to serve the user, and the user should be able to choose how he or she sits. It's that simple. It's the Generation Chair, by Knoll.



Materials & Measurements


Generation Chair DimensionsMaterials:
Flex Back is made of high performance elastomer; plastic base version is made of 39 percent recyclable content; aluminum base version is made of 54 percent recyclable content

Dimensions:
Overall Height: 39.25" to 44.5"
Overall Width: 21" (armless) or 28.5" (with arms)
Overall Depth: 26.75"
Seat Height: 17.25" to 22.5"
Seat Depth: 15.75" to 18.75" (armless) or 15.74" to 18.25" (with arms)
Seat Width: 21"


Environmental Information


SMART Consensus Sustainable ProductWith the Generation Chair, Knoll didn't confine themselves to making a comfortable, adaptable, premium office chair. They also wanted to contribute to the big picture. To further this end, they made the Generation Chair one of the greenest, most sustainable and environmentally conscious chairs on the market.

Knoll made sure the Generation Chair adhered to their rigorous and industry-leading Design for the Environment Guidelines, which meant designing for durability, recycling, renewable materials, clean manufacturing, and low impact, low emissions facilities. The Knoll manufacturing plant run in Greenville Pennsylvania has been thoroughly tested and re-tested for air quality, low-emissions standards, and clean technology, and is an OSHA VPP site. GREENGUARD indoor air quality certified

The Generation Chair by Knoll holds a Sustainable Platinum rating from SMART Consensus Sustainable Product Standards, has been LCA tested, and is GREENGUARD indoor air quality certified.




About the Manufacturer


Knoll FurnitureFounded in 1938, Knoll has nurtured many of the most inspiring and iconic furniture designs of the last century. With an extensive collection of modern classic furniture for the home as well as cutting-edge office furniture with a focus on functionality as well as aesthetics, Knoll is at the forefront of how furniture interacts with us and affects us in our daily lives.


Designer


Formway DesignThe Knoll Generation Chair was the product of many minds, the work of many hands, but the chief designers and engineers were the members of Formway Design, a furniture building company based in New Zealand. The Generation Chair was subject to rigorous testing, re-testing, refinement, and a multitude of innovations and outside-the-box thinking. The result has been something everyone involved in its creation can be very proud of; the Generation Chair is at the top of the class in terms of design, mission, and functionality.

Formway Design has been plying their trade for more than half a century, since 1956, and there are few design firms around the world who have accrued the respect and admiration of this pioneering company. The Knoll Generation Chair is only the latest in a long line of accomplishments, all brought about through non-traditional work strategies and brilliant design.

Formway Design broke the mold in a big way in 1979, when they radically, and systematically, changed the company's way of doing things. They began to insist on group participation, group work, and group responsibility for all of their projects and output. The Knoll Generation Chair is one of the latest creations to come out of the Formway process, and the strength of the chair is proof positive that the system works. Formway is committed to the kind of group thinking, particapatory thinking, that results in the most flexible, multi-faceted, useful and well-planned furniture possible. The Knoll Generation Chair certainly fits that bill; it is a collection of ideas seamlessly integrated into a cohesive and lovely whole.

It was the paradox of Formway design--group thinking that isn't groupthink--that brought to fruition the exciting and groundbreaking design (and, even, fun) of the Generation Chair. The user of the Generation Chair is not limited to the forward-facing, vertical posture that is expected in office chairs. The Generation Chair was designed to be sat in in nearly every possible variation. You want to sit in the Generation Chair backwards? Go ahead, Formway Design made sure the armrests were positioned not to be in your way, and the middle of the back of the chair was angled to make that position comfortable and sustainable. You want to sit side sadle? Formway Design made the Generation Chair to fit this unique sitting style as well. And, of course, if you want to sit in a traditional posture, the Generation Chair is there to satisfy that need as well. There isn't any way to improperly use the Generation Chair, because it was designed for deployment in any number of non-traditional ways; in a way, it was designed so that one more designer could apply the finishing touch, and that designer is the user. Owning the Generation Chair is owning part of the patent, as Formway Design has allowed you to be one of the designers and engineers.

Knoll has worked with Formway Design in the past, for the excellent Life Chair. It's a partnership founded on excellence, innovation, and style. The Knoll Generation Chair, by Forway Design. Get one today.

Reviews


Generation Chair Employee ReviewSmart Furniture Employee Review!
In the realm of ergonomic task seating, the Aeron was first, a groundbreaking chair in both design and comfort. Following on its heels was a host of chairs that mimicked the design and couldn't touch the comfort. But recently, with the Embody’s advent and the quality chairs produced by Steelcase and Humanscale, the discomfort of the consumer can be alleviated in any number of ways by any number of contenders. If you're a fan of being able to sit in the best position possible for your body and for comfort, you have choices.

But what if you don't want to sit still, with your feet flat on the ground and your arms at a 90 degree angle, and your back straight? What if you move a lot, or need to use the same chair to task and to collaborate? What if you (gasp) like to sit crooked?  Read more...

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KnollGeneration Chair
 
3.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Comfortable (6)
  • Ergonomic (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to assemble (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Office (5)
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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great Chair, Very Slow to Ship & Deliver

    By aaroninnorthcarolina

    from Durham, North Carolina

    About Me High-end Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Complicated Delivery
    • Very Slow Delivery

    Best Uses

    • Office

    Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

    Great chair, I think it may be the most comfortable and supportive office chair on the market today. I shopped around and visited some display rooms and sat in many many office chairs and found this chair was the most comfortable of all.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not expected!

    By Aileen Lau

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Ergonomic
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Color
    • Difficult To Clean

    Best Uses

    • Office

    Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

    I don't like the color, both the frame and the seat pad. The color shows on the screen is quite different from the real product.

     
    5.0

    decent chair

    By RB the boss

    from Denver, CO

    About Me High-end Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Ergonomic
    • Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

        I got the one that has extra seat height, not the standard. Lets me stretch my legs. So far, I am pretty positive, I like a firm and large cushion and I move around all the time. It ain't cheap, but, I am on my rear 10 hours a day working.

         
        5.0

        An Independently Commissioned Review

        By Wes at Delegator

        from Chattanooga, TN

        Independent Professional Review by Delegator.com

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Sustainable

        Cons

        • Cost

        Best Uses

        • Home office
        • Office

        Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

        First Impressions
        The Knoll Generation Chair looks a little funny, with a crooked back and a decidedly funky style. But sitting in it erased any doubts I had about it's ergonomic capabilities. The Generation Chair is very comfortable. The seat and arms are wide, but the arms can be adjusted. I liked the wider chair -- more expansive, and freeing. You never feel hemmed in in a Generation Chair. Another exciting feature is the back of the chair, which is incredibly flexible. The top of the back, which supports your neck and shoulders, bends all the way back. This enables a variety of sitting positions. The Generation Chair was designed to be sat in facing forward, backward, and sideways. Personally, I found sitting backward uncomfortable, but the side saddle and front facing positions were very comfortable. I like the look of the chair quite a bit, it definitely stands out in a crowd.

        The X Factor
        It's made by Knoll. Knoll has been to the mountain top when it comes to furniture, and they've been kind enough to give us some of it. They've worked with the giants of the field, and this chair is just an extension of an impressively fine line of work.

        The Bottom Line
        The Knoll Generation Chair is in the 90th percentile of office chairs. It's very comfortable, very flexible (literally and figuratively) and it's right for any number of offices and personalities. It's a personal chair, a partner at work, and made by the finest furniture house in the world.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Knoll Hits a Home Run with This Chair

        By Wes G from Delegator

        from Delegator

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Independent Professional Review by Delegator.com

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Ergonomic

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Office

        Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

        I am writing this review as professional product reviewer for [@], who was commissioned to provide independent product reviews.FIRST IMPRESSIONSThe Knoll Generation Chair looks a little funny, with a crooked back and a decidedly funky style. But sitting in it erased any doubts I had about it's ergonomic capabilities. The Generation Chair is very comfortable. The seat and arms are wide, but the arms can be adjusted. I liked the wider chair -- more expansive, and freeing. You never feel hemmed in in a Generation Chair. Another exciting feature is the back of the chair, which is incredibly flexible. The top of the back, which supports your neck and shoulders, bends all the way back. This enables a variety of sitting positions. The Generation Chair was designed to be sat in facing forward, backward, and sideways. Personally, I found sitting backward uncomfortable, but the side saddle and front facing positions were very comfortable. I like the look of the chair quite a bit, it definitely stands out in a crowd.THE 'X' FACTORIt's made by Knoll. Knoll has been to the mountain top when it comes to furniture, and they've been kind enough to give us some of it. They've worked with the giants of the field, and this chair is just an extension of an impressively fine line of work.THE BOTTOM LINEThe Knoll Generation Chair is in the 90th percentile of office chairs. It's very comfortable, very flexible (literally and figuratively) and it's right for any number of offices and personalities. It's a personal chair, a partner at work, and made by the finest furniture house in the world.PROS:Very comfortable, cool-looking, environmentally sustainable. All in all, no true weak spots.CONS:You may not like the style of the chair, and there is a somewhat hefty price tag on it.OVERALL RATING:The Generation Chair is a very successful office chair, a home run on Knoll's first at-bat when it comes to this kind of furniture. It looks cool, it feels good, and it makes work just a little bit easier.COMFORT / ERGONOMICS: 8 of 10I don't give it full marks only because there isn't as much neck support as I would like. If you want to lean back in the chair all the way, you have to slouch a little bit if you want your head and neck supported. Otherwise, the Generation Chair was everything it needed to be. It's light, soft, firm in the right places, and I never felt the need to get up and stretch or get the circulation back in my legs or arms.DESIGN: 9 of 10I'm really intrigued by the multiple sitting positions this chair allows. It shows that the designers at Knoll were really thinking about the best way to make their chair right for everyone. As I said before, sitting backward didn't really work for me, but in a way that's the point; for those whom it does work for, the Generation Chair can accommodate. Aside from the innovations in positional sitting, the backing of the Generation Chair was very successful in relieving pressure on my back. The crooked design of the chair supports the lower and upper back, and gives the user several options as far as posture goes. Sitting up or slouching, the Generation Chair is supportive of both positions.STYLE: 8 of 10I really like the crooked back and the wide-set look of the Knoll Generation Chair. I also enjoyed the dozens of cut-outs that dot the backing of the chair. The Generation Chair was designed with style in mind, as Knoll is justly famous for their museum-quality furniture. In my opinion, they've been quite successful in creating a hip, quirky chair that satisfies the visual and aesthetic needs of the user as well as the physical needs. The colors available are often as out-going and fun as the chair itself (the one I used was lime green).QUALITY / CRAFTSMANSHIP / PEDIGREE: 10 of 10Knoll is the absolute top of the line when it comes to furniture, no exceptions. They've partnered with the Office of Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll (wife of the founder), Platner, Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, and a host of other furniture luminaries, most of whom have had work displayed in museums. This is the first foray into desk furniture of this kind for Knoll, and they've been very successful in marrying their signature focus on aesthetic with the needs of the modern office worker.ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: 9 of 10The Generation Chair has an excellent record on the environment. Knoll made sure the Generation Chair adhered to their rigorous and industry-leading Design for the Environment Guidelines, which meant designing for durability, recycling, and positive environmental impact. The Knoll manufacturing plant run in Greenville Pennsylvania has been thoroughly tested and re-tested for air quality, low-emissions standards, and clean technology, and is an OSHA VPP site. The Generation Chair by Knoll holds a Sustainable Platinum rating from SMaRT Consensus Sustainable Product Standards. The chair can also contribute to LEED certification.PERFORMANCE: 8 of 10In any environment, the Generation Chair is a high performing desk chair. However, one of the strengths of the chair is that it's effectiveness varies by workplace. For instance, a free-form workplace can really take advantage of the look of the chair, and the myriad sitting styles it makes possible. The Generation Chair is an excellent partner at your desk, keeping you comfortable and productive.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Great design, bad choices

        By judowalker

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Ergonomic
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Construction
        • Too Hard
        • Uncomfortable

        Best Uses

        • Office

        Comments about Knoll Generation Chair:

        Pros: 1. Great design.2. Great built-it ergonomic support.3. Smart-Furniture provides a full refund.[...]Cons: 1. Seat back is not comfortable at all.2. The flex top is too rigid for arm placement. You have to apply too much force to rest your arm over the flex top which makes it uncomfortable.3. The lever that controls the seat depth has bad placement. When I sit with my legs to the sides of the seat, my left leg will unintentionally trigger the lever and the seat will move.4. There is very little padding on the seat. I would suggest the designers to use a mesh seat that contours the butt and legs and allows for breathability.5. I ordered the extra lumbar support which is a cheap piece of plastic hooked on to the back of the seat. It does absolutely nothing because there's too much distance between it and the seat back, even when leaning back.

        Service and delivery comments:

        The delivery was horrible. It took almost 6 weeks for my chair to arrive. The scheduled time was 4 weeks and even that is very long.

        I received a call confirming that the delivery was made but I did not in fact receive the chair. They eventually found out that the chair was delivered yet to another delivery company. It took this company almost two weeks to deliver the chair to me until I talked them into 1 1/2 weeks which I was still not satisfied with.

        When the delivery truck arrived with the assembled chair, they rolled the chair across the asphalt which scratched up the casters because of the gravel.

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awsome chairs

        By noodds

        from dallas, tx

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Assemble
        • Ergonomic
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

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