Life Chair

Designed by Formway Design, 2002 

Everybody has a favourite chair. The chair that fits you like a glove. Seating is highly personal, like clothing. The Life chair by Knoll offers supreme comfort and ergonomic performance in a wide selection of finishes, fabrics and leathers. 



Life: Back: glass filled nylon frame, polyester yarn with co-polyester elastometric back suspension fabric. Upholstery topper: MDI polyurethane foam. Seat: glass filled nylon insert. Arm rests: aluminium/glass filled nylon post with thermoplastic urethane pad. Base: Glass filled nylon or die cast aluminium. Castors: clear nylon. 


Life: base: polished aluminium, grey. Mechanism: silver. Seat & back, grey, silver, polished aluminium detail. 7 Life back suspension fabrics. 3 approved fabric, 5 approved leather groups. 


With intuitive adjustments, a slim silhouette and broad colour and finish palette, Life sets the standard for ergonomics and innovative design. The advanced control automatically adjusts to the weight of the body, providing personalised and effortless ergonomic support. Rated as a high quality sustainable product, Life exemplifies our steadfast commitment to the environment.

The Life chair complements, rather than dominates. Translucent back fabric and thin profile enable the chair to integrate with any environment. Numerous finish and upholstery options to suit individual environment or personality; available with back fabric in a range colours, grey or aluminium base.

Controls: automated when possible; easy, obvious and labelled. Synchronised recline with auto-balanced tension. Seat pan with forward flex: unique cut-out pattern with ribbed understructure provides dynamic movement and structural stability. Back flex: like the seat, back frame is also a flexible plane that moves with you. Seat depth with a standard upright tilt lock Lumbar support: soft, pliable, clear material; spring-loaded. Arms: available armless, fixed and height-adjustable. Environmental responsibility: high recycled/recyclable content. 


Life Chair overall dimensions:

  • Height: 97.8-111.1cm, width: 67.3cm, depth 62.2cm.
  • Arm height from floor: 56.5-79.4cm.
  • Seat height: 41-53cm.
  • Seat width: 49.5cm.
  • Seat depth: 39.5-49.5cm.
  • Base diameter: 66cm. 

Product Story 

Although Knoll has emphasised and incorporated sustainable manufacturing processes since the 1970s, the 2002 introduction of Life® marked a new level of commitment to environmental responsibility.

Designed in collaboration with Formway Design, Life® represents a complete rethinking of how to approach sustainability through design. It’s not just about what materials are used, but how much material is used and how readily those materials can be separated and recycled.

Almost all of the parts can be removed and updated, which combined with superior ergonomic comfort, make Life® quite possibly the last chair you will ever buy.  

The Life Chair will soon be availabale in our e-store.

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