Salone del Mobile 2011

1 April 2011
Presenting Seating Collections by Marc Krusin and Jehs+Laub. Introducing Generation by Knoll.

MILAN, ITALY, April 2011—Knoll, renowned for its collection of classic and enduring designs, will present new seating collections by Jehs+Laub, and Marc Krusin as well as Multigenration by Knoll™ at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011, taking place in Milan April 12 - 17.

Knoll products feature furniture for the home and workplace that combines a Modernist aesthetic and innovative construction and materials, designed with a versatile residential appeal

Chairs are often focal points within an interior. They are movable. They may find themselves positioned randomly within a space. There may be several or even many of them. It is fundamental that a chair be able to harmonise with its surroundings. The more visually silent and harmonious the chair, the more spaces it is able to harmonise with. The visual silence of a space depends upon, amongst other things, its lack of clutter and its visual cleanliness, which in turn depends on the visual silence of the objects which inhabit it. To achieve an inherent and graceful visual silence has therefore been of prime importance in the designing of this collection.

Wood is a noble, traditional material, so what better way to approach the design of a side chair than using a traditional, noble material shaped and detailed with contemporary technology whilst maintaining a simple, linear, almost archetypal overall form and outline, whilst at the same time being extremely attentive to the proportions and detailing which of course, ARE the chair.

Marc Krusin
Marc Krusin graduated in the UK, and after placements with Fred Scott and George Sowden, he began his career in Milan collaborating with various studios. These include Piero Lissoni’s office, where he became design manager and associate, running projects for clients of international reputation.

In 1998 he co-founded the Milan based group Codice 31, which in successive years gained increasing importance in the design world. In 1999 Marc began designing products and furniture for industrial production while also working on projects of a more experimental nature such as those for Opos in Milan and Stylepark in Germany.

Inspired by traditional quilting, the Jehs+Laub Collection—which includes a Lounge Chair and accompanying Ottoman—offers a tactile dialogue between functional form and sculptural shape. Compromised of block patterns that are joined and completed with a surrounding border, it weds craftsmanship with distinctive style. The Collection is appropriate as a statement piece for reception areas, private offices, break areas or residences, offering a welcoming retreat whether one is working, relaxing or even napping. The upholstery process used to create the Jehs+Laub Collection utilizes hidden seam tufting, a technique which creates a clean, tufted surface without the need for traditional welts or buttons. The Lounge chair and Ottoman are available with a distinctive black pedestal or an architectural, dynamic wire base; an optional articulating back provides enhanced comfort. KnollTextiles fabrics or Spinneybeck leathers with a welt detail offer maximum versatility.

Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub
Renowned for their modern classic furniture and lighting as well as their innovative interior projects, most notably Suite 606 at the Ice Hotel in Northern Sweden and the worldwide concept for Mercedes-Benz®showrooms, Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub live and work in Stuttgart, Germany. After attending Germany’s prestigious School of Design, the FHfG Schwabisch Gmund, the team cemented their partnership during an internship in New York, later founding jehs+laub in 1994. The design team has been the recipient of numerous awards.

MultiGeneration by Knoll™
Working again with Formway Design, the New Zealand-based collaborative responsible for the design of Generation, Knoll extends its foray into dynamic seating to create a family of products with similar attributes. The first offspring is a multipurpose chair, aptly called MultiGeneration by Knoll™. MultiGeneration by Knoll encourages collaboration, with a responsive, open design that supports multiple postures and a diversity of people in shared, team and large group environments. Recognizing that we fidget—from tapping our feet to twirling our pens—to keep us alert and engaged, Formway Design gave MultiGeneration form and function that encourage natural movement, allowing us to focus, interact and communicate more effectively. MultiGeneration extends the benefits of the award-winning Generation by Knoll® work chair, promoting comfort and freedom of movement in collaborative work settings.

The open form of the MultiGeneration chair encourages natural movement and personal expression, supporting 270 degrees of sitting.

The back curvature allows for upper body movement and supports the lower back for upright, interactive postures. The seat features a gently contoured seat pan and unobstructed waterfall edges on three sides that allow users to move and support various postures. The cantilever arms feature contoured arm pads with smooth interior surfaces to lean against when side sitting. A rolled top edge provides an armrest for side sitting as well as a handle for easy transport.

The passive flex in the shell— which is not achieved via a mechanical device, but is a function of the chair’s materials and construction— promotes comfort and movement. The perforated back coordinates with the Generation Flex Back, allows for air flow and provides a light aesthetic. The MultiGeneration form implies movement, says Knoll Director of Design Benjamin Pardo, who points out “typically we think of chairs as obedient, but they are actually tools to support people.

MultiGeneration by Knoll™ is available as a stacking chair with a four –leg base or with a hybrid base.

Both bases are available in a variety of powder coat finishes and either castors or glides can be specified. The chairs is available armless and with arms.

MultiGeneration is Rated SMaRT© Sustainable Gold, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®, GREENGUARD Children & Schools certified.

About Knoll
Founded in 1938, Knoll is a global manufacturer of residential and office furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. More than 30 of our classic designs are included in the permanent collections of museums around the world. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.