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The Generation Chair by Knoll

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Knoll Generation Chair Independent Overall Rating: 9 of 10      [ how this works ]
9 out of 10 Stars

Price Range: $647.00 to $1154.00

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.

 

PRODUCT REVIEW


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.

 

PRODUCT RATINGS


COMFORT / ERGONOMICS: 8 of 10
I 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 10
I'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 10
I 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 10
Knoll 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 10
The 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 10
In 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.
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