Charles Pollock

Designer New York / United States

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Charles Pollock
Charles Pollock
Charles Pollock

Charles Pollock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1930. As a young child, he moved with his family to Toledo, Ohio, before settling in Detroit, Michigan. In 1944, Pollock entered Cass Technical High School where he received a comprehensive education in Academics and Art and Design. Pollock left the Nelson office to open his own studio in Brooklyn where he could make models and full-scale prototypes. Due to the success of the Swag Leg Collection, Florence Knoll took note of his designs and began a relationship with Pollock, which produced his first product for Knoll, the 657 Sling Chair. After its release in 1960, Florence Knoll made an investment in the young designer, giving him twenty dollars a month for rent and a small development allowance to continue working on new products. Pollock spent the next five years developing a new concept and production method for office seating, culminating in the release of the Pollock Chair in 1965. The chair was notable for his patented invention of rim technology and the simplicity of its assembly. When it was released, the chair was an instant success and became a visual symbol of the modern workplace. The Pollock Chair went on to become one of the best-selling office chairs in history and spawned numerous copies over the years. The original Pollock Chair is still produced by Knoll.