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Chadwick Chair by Knoll


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Knoll Chadwick Chair
designed by Don Chadwick

Simple is sometimes better than complicated.

Knoll Chadwick Chair Tilt

The Chadwick chair combines a synchronized control and tilt tension (Active Suspension Technology) with a supremely breathable seat and back fabric to create a cradle for your body. The fabric works to provide body-conforming support without requiring you to figure out a bunch of controls to get it "just right," and the active suspension allows your torso to open up when you lean back; your circulatory system is given a better environment to do its work, and you end up more comfortable as a result.

And all that with the least amount of work on your part. Simply adjust tilt tension and seat height and you're ready to sit comfortably.

The Chadwick chair's built-in lumbar support (enhanced by the curvature of the task chair's back) gives you the support you need. If you need more, there's an optional lumbar pad (also easy-to-operate: simply install using the provided magnets) to give you the comfort you're looking for.

The Chadwick chair by Knoll: innovatively simple.

Chadwick Chair's Features at a Glance

    • Spring loaded arms
      This is a hidden gem! Both fixed and adjustable armpads have a spring suspension that gives the armpad softness and flexibility.
    • Flexible mesh seat and back
      Elastomeric suspension fabric in your choice of 2 different colors
    • Built in forward tilt
      Almost no office chair has this. It automatically follows and supports you into the forward posture for typing. No adjustment is required
  • Sustainable design
    Rated Sustainable Gold under the SMART standard
    GREENGUARD indoor air quality certified
    Recycled Content of 35 percent
    42 percent of component parts are readily recyclable
    Manufactured using clean technologies in a LEED certified building

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Materials & Measurements

Chadwick Chair DimensionsMaterials:

  • Frame: glass filled nylon
  • Fabric: polyester monofilament warp with multifilament fill fibers
  • Soft seat edge: polyurethane foam
  • Arm pads: urethane arm pad with flexible spring steel insert
  • Arm supports: glass filled nylon
  • Base: glass filled nylon
  • Casters: nylon
  • Cylinder: gas-activated steel mechanism with steel tube (contains nitrogen)
  • Control: aluminum casting and ABS top cover; steel, rubber, and plastic parts
  • Optional lumbar support: neodymium magnets, polypropylene carrier, TPE pad and back frame


  • Overall Height: 37.5" to 42"
  • Overall Width: 26.5"
  • Overall Depth: 25.5"
  • Weight: 37 lbs.
  • Arm Height from floor (fixed arm): 25.5" to 30"
  • Base Diameter: 26.5"

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Environmental Information

SMART Consensus Sustainable ProductWith the Chadwick Chair, Knoll didn't confine themselves to making an ergonomic office chair. They also wanted to contribute to the health of the environment. To further this end, they made the Chadwick Chair one of the greenest, most sustainable and environmentally conscious chairs on the market. Knoll made sure the Chadwick 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 Chadwick Chair by Knoll holds a Sustainable Gold rating from SMART Consensus Sustainable Product Standards, has been LCA tested, and is GREENGUARD indoor air quality certified.

About The Manufacturer

Founded 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.

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About The Designer

Don ChadwickBest known for the revolutionary Aeron chair, Don Chadwick has been at the forefront of seating design for a few decades. In pioneering the use of new materials and processes, he helped to create a market that has made people more comfortable at work for a long time. He is a native of Southern California, and was trained in design at UCLA. Since 1964, he has had his own practice and has received numerous awards for his work.

Delivery & Assembly

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This item comes with free UPS Ground shipping for destinations within the contiguous United States.

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The Knoll Chadwick Chair comes with a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.

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