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Life High Performance Chair

Price: $985.00

Design by Formway Design Studio, 2002. By Knoll.  With intuitive adjustments, a slim silhouette and broad color and finish palette, Life sets the standard for ergonomics and innovative design. The advanced control automatically adjusts to the weight... Read More
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Life High Performance Chair
Price: $985.00
Life High Performance Chair

Item #: KNL-55P-3

Availability: Made to order; Ships within 3-4 weeks.

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2. Optional Lumbar Support:

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This item is custom made just for you. As such, it is non-cancellable and non-returnable.

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Design by Formway Design Studio, 2002.
By Knoll.

With intuitive adjustments, a slim silhouette and broad color and finish palette, Life sets the standard for ergonomics and innovative design. The advanced control automatically adjusts to the weight of the body, providing personalized and effortless ergonomic support. Its control levers are intuitively placed, easy-to-use and unobtrusive. Rated Sustainable Gold under the SMaRT® Consensus Sustainable Product Standard, Life exemplifies Knoll's steadfast commitment to the environment. The Life High Performance Chair is offered with a Knitted Seat Topper and standard suspension back.

Life's stellar features include: a flexing back frame that follows the user's movements and ensures constant full back support; synchronized recline with auto-balanced tension; knit back suspension fabric in 14 colors; a flexing seat pan with waterfall edge and 4" sliding seat depth allows for proper circulation, supports perched postures and eliminates the need for thick foam upholstery; breathable seating and back support; high performance arms that easily adjust to support user and task with 4" height, 2.5" width and 3" fore and aft movement; and optional lumbar support. Made with minimal materials, recyclable and sustainable wherever possible. Winner of Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Seating: Desk/Workstation Task Chairs, 2002. Winner IIDEX for Office Seating and Sustainable Design, 2002. Winner Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum, 2003.

Customize your Life High Performance Chair with one of two base finish options and with or without optional Lumbar Support. Then select your Caster option, Back Suspension Fabric (available in 14 colors) and Knitted Seat Topper (available in 9 colors) below.


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Material(s): Aluminum, steel and plastic

Dimensions: H 38.5-43.75" W 26.5" D 24.5" Base Dia 26" Seat H 16-21.5" Arm H 22-31.5"

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KNOLL-55P-3 55P-3

Formway Design

Designer: Formway Design

New Zealand-based Formway Design has been designing furniture for more than five decades, beginning in 1956. In 1979, the company went through a transformation, developing a new identity and philosophy focusing on team-based design and research. Formway takes key insights regarding human behavior and translates them into products. Their user-centered culture marries a rigorous design process, a sensitivity to aesthetics, and a passion for the environment.

Formway's strategy for innovation was evident in the design of the highly successful Life® chair, introduced in 2002, which is celebrated for its sophisticated design, intuitive adjustments, responsive ergonomics and sustainable attributes. Building on these features, Generation by Knoll is Formway's latest design breakthrough, using new materials and elastic design to support the physical and cognitive activities of the modern office worker.

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Manufacturer: Knoll

Brand Beginnings Knoll was founded in 1938 by Hans and Florence Knoll who sought to create new types of furniture and environments for the home and workplace. Their approach was to join craftsmanship with technology through the use of design and to create beautiful home furnishings that stood the test of time visually, functionally and practically. The pair sought out designers willing to change the landscape of modern design, daring to ask how furniture could work better. These landmark collaborations, with pioneering modernists like Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia and Richard Schultz built a brand that today contains many of the hallmarks of modern design.

Knoll Today Knoll enjoys brand recognition throughout the world for its modern classics as well as groundbreaking new products formulated under new deigner partnerships. Few companies can match the array of Knoll products, which combine a modernist aesthetic with residential appeal. This point of view nurtured by Florence Knoll, has become the trademark of Knoll design. Today, it connects to a new generation seeking workplaces and homes that are comfortable for and beautiful for everyday living.

A Signature Piece The highly coveted Barcelona® Chair is, with little doubt, the signature Knoll piece. Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it is one of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement. Skilled craftsman construct this exquisite chair by hand every day. From leather produced from a single cowhide, 40 individual leather panels are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons to upholster the chair. Premium cushions are highly resilient with a down-like softness that surrounds the sitter in luxurious comfort. Cushions are suspended by upholstery straps in cowhide belting leather over a metal frame that is hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Meticulously detailed, Barcelona continues to appeal to customers worldwide some 85 years after its introduction.

Why Knoll? The Knoll names offers a rich design history – a legacy of iconic designers and inventive new collaborations. Their focus on quality and responsible manufacturing means that each piece transcends multiple generations in both use and appeal. Knoll offers furniture, accessories, textiles, felts and leathers that stimulate the senses and allow you to express who you are and what you value. They take great pride in creating the best possible product and the happiest possible customer.

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