Charles Pollock

The American designer Charles Pollock is a graduate of the Pratt Institute of New York. 

His work has been produced by Knoll since 1960, after submitting designs in metal and leather to Florence Knoll. 

Born in 1930, Charles Pollock studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and worked with George Nelson after he graduated. He said of the encounter, 

"I brought all these prototypes in [to Knoll] without an appointment and pushed them off the elevator and said, ‘I want to see Florence Knoll.’ Fortunately for me, [Senior Designer] Vincent Cafiero came out just by accident, and he said, ‘Who are you?’ I said, ‘I’m Charles Pollock.’ I had had a major article in Interiors, in a series of articles about Saarinen, Eames, and myself about three or four months before, and he had read that". "So Cafiero said, “Look, this stuff is interesting. Why don’t you take this idea and throw this other idea into it?” Eventually, between Vincent Cafiero and myself, I developed a quarter-inch scale model of a chair that was very, very similar to…the 657 chair. That was the beginning…. And the rest is history.”

After this first meeting, Pollock continued to design for the manufacturer. His refined and industrial-inspired office furniture used in New York's MET and the Smithsonian. His designs are characterised by structural metal frames and the seamless joining of linear shapes. 

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