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Knoll Generation Chair

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The Knoll Generation Chair is a popular and flexible ergonomic office chair that is designed for the modern, dynamic workplace. The Generation Chair moves and flexes with the user to promote good posture and easy movement while providing excellent ergonomic comfort and support. The progressive Knoll Generation Chair features a padded seat and a flexible, breathable back with an elastic design. These features allow the user to sit in any position without sacrificing back support or comfort.

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The Knoll Generation Chair is available armless or with three optional types of armrests:

Fixed-height arm: Arms and arm pads are non-adjustable.

Height adjustable arm: Arms adjust over a 4.5" height range. Arm pads are non-adjustable.

High performance arm: Arms adjust 4.5" as well as pivot 45°, move 1" in width and 1.5" in depth.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair arm options

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Base Color

Select either a plastic base to match the frame color or a polished aluminum base.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair base colors

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Seat Height

Cylinders are available in three heights. Seat height ranges are listed below:

  Thin Seat Foam Ultra Seat Foam
Standard 16.5" - 21.75" 17.25" - 22.5"
Low 15" - 19.5" 15.75" - 20.25"
High 17.75" - 23.25" 18.5" - 24"

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Lumbar Support

This padded lumbar support moves up and down within a 2.5" range to accommodate a variety of users.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair lumbar support

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There are three caster options:

  • Hard casters for use on soft floor surfaces
  • Soft casters for use on hard flooring
  • Glides (reduce chair height by 0.25")

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Frame Color

Dark and light frame finishes are available.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair finish options

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Back Color

The back of the Knoll Generation Chair is made of a high performance elastomer. This durable back provides dynamic support that responds to users' movements.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair flex back net options

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Seat Cushion

The seat cushion foam is available in two thicknesses: thin and ultra.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair seat foam options

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Seat Fabric

Generation fabric is made specially for the Knoll Generation ergonomic chair. It is 100% polyester and certified for 100,000+ double rubs.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair Generation fabric



Volo leather is a lightly corrected, aniline leather. The correction process refines the surface so it better accepts grain enhancement. Volo grade U leather receives a special retannage. This tightens the grain and provides a finer hand than other corrected leathers.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair Volo leather


Sabrina leather is a full grain leather. It receives a special retannage which makes it a smooth, tight grain and supple leather. Sabrina is an excellent choice for both elegance and high traffic use. The average thickness is .9 - 1mm, and the average weight is 2.25 - 2.5 oz per square foot.

Knoll Generation ergonomic chair Sabrina leather

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The Knoll Generation Chair is designed with movement in mind. This flexible and progressive ergonomic chair uses an innovative high-performance elastic material to make up its unique Flex back, which promotes good posture in almost any position. The Generation Chair's back stays breathable and it flexes as the user moves. The back material does not crumble or sag over time and the back's ergonomic design supports the shoulders, lumbar area and the spine.

This ultra-modern chair is high on style and functionality. The Knoll Generation Chair makes is easy to get comfortable with intuitive adjustment controls. It also features a comfortable and depth adjustable padded seat and an optional "ultra" seat cushion for more padding. The optional enhanced arms are width and depth adjustable and they pivot for changing tasks and positions. The Generation is also light and built with fewer parts than most other office chairs, making it an environmentally friendly option.

Features - Knoll Generation Ergonomic Chair

  • High performance elastomer in flex net back and dynamic suspension control are extremely user-friendly
  • Height adjustable arms provide lumbar support when sitting sideways
  • Flex back top and figure 8 structure to allow multi-dimensional movement
  • Construction with fewer parts and processes than comparable chairs

Knoll Generation Chair Technical Specifications

Height range 39.25" - 44.5"
Glides reduce height by 0.25"
Width 21" armless
28.5" with arms
Depth 26"
Excluding base
Arm height range 22.75" - 32.5"
Base diameter 26.75"
Weight limit 300 lbs

37 lbs
Plastic base, high perf. arms

39 lbs
Aluminum base, high perf. arms

Warranty 12-year manufacturer's warranty

Disclaimer: We do not accept cancellations or order revisions for any Knoll items ordered. See Knoll's No Cancellations or Revisions Policy for details.

Ergonomic Adjustments

Video Review - Knoll Generation Chair

Check out our video review of the Knoll Generation chair below.

Professor Ergo's Thoughts:

The Knoll Generation chair is perfect for those looking for a truly modern, progressive and flexible ergonomic office chair. True to the Knoll brand, the Generation Chair offers unique, eye-catching style and a light, easy-to-move frame that's great for collaborative environments. Plus, its shaped to provide excellent back support and promote healthy postures all day.

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Customer Reviews

Knoll Generation Chair
4.5 Stars based on 3 Review(s)
New York, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Best Chair EVER!
December 19, 2014
I recently bought 3 of the KNOLL GENERATION CHAIRS for my office and WOW, what a difference compared to what we had beforehand! It provides amazing lumbar support, in addition to a very ergonomic design. Most importantly, it looks awesome behind my desk. :)

Ironclad Cowboy
4 Stars

Almost the perfect chair
July 24, 2011
I am a computer programmer and work from my house several days a week. I wanted to make an investment on a very high quality "perfect" chair. This is almost it. I have owned the chair since early May 2011. It is indeed very comfortable. I really appreciate the way the seating surface and back support give and move with the way you are sitting. It certainly makes a long day so much better than a cheaper chair. I only gave it four star simply because of the price to own the chair. It took over 6 weeks for delivery (made to order I suppose). The fit and finish isn't exactly what I would expect on a chair of this caliber. There are several sharp edges on the seat bottom and the arm rests don't adjust very easily (behave like they need lubricant). Don't misunderstand it's not poor craftsmanship. I think it just needs some polish and refining. Then maybe it will be the perfect chair.

5 Stars

Looks good, nice ride
April 20, 2011
Had my knoll generation chair for about a month and my only complaint is that I didn't order the super adjustable arms. I'm all over the place in this chair - dig the flexible back... just wish I had gotten the arms that move around more to work with me sitting sideways, backwards, etc. Chair looks great in my office, and it's the most comfortable chair I've owned - well worth the wait.

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