Generation Chair by Formway Design for Knoll

July 25, 2011

New Zealand-based Formway Design created the Generation Chair for the manufacturer Knoll.


Description from Knoll:

The Generation by Knoll chair is the result of Formway Design’s research into how people sit throughout the day. Their research, based on insights gathered on the contemporary workplace, revealed that sitting reflects a breadth of positions. Sitting upright and facing forward is just one of the many things that people do in their office chair. Recognizing that the basic assumption about office seating—that there is one optimal way to sit—was flawed, Formway and Knoll joined forces to create a chair that moves as you move. Generation doesn’t force you to choose between freedom of movement and continuous support, but, instead, provides both, simultaneously.

Current ergonomic research challenges the idea of a single, forward-facing posture, recognizing that maintaining one seated position for an extended time is not compatible with the body’s natural tendency toward movement. Created from a high performance elastomer, the innovative Generation by Knoll Flex Back facilitates changes in posture and position throughout the workday. The Flex Top extends the range of movement, allowing you to sit comfortably in any position—even sideways.

The Generation by Knoll Flex Back fuses two innovative elements — a resilient Flex Back Net and a distinctive figure 8 structure—which together support many different postures and allow for multidimensional movement. The curvature of the figure 8 structure combined with the specific tension, pattern and unique properties of the Net enables side-to-side flex and ensures optimal localized support for shoulders and lumbar region. Responding to your range of movement, the Flex Top folds over the top edge of the back providing a comfortable armrest for side sitting or other informal postures.

The fluid, progressive form of Generation by Knoll represents a contemporary expression of how people sit, aspiring to be the user’s shadow, and almost, but not quite, as elastic as the human body. Like the sculptural designs of Knoll masters Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, Generation by Knoll complements architecturally-inspired interiors. With its many color and finish choices, Generation by Knoll can energize space much in the same way that it energizes users.

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