EAST GREENVILE, PA (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Knoll, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative branded furniture and textiles, has launched the ReGeneration by Knoll® work chair—the newest member of the Generation by Knoll® family of chairs. The Generation family, designed by New Zealand-based Formway Design, promotes comfort and freedom of movement through material and design innovation. In addition to ReGeneration, the family includes the award-winning Best of NeoCon Gold Generation by Knoll® work chair and MultiGeneration by Knoll®, a multipurpose chair for complementary seating applications.
“ReGeneration minimizes materials and components to get directly to performance—all in the spirit of being able to sit how you want and express your individuality within today’s collaborative workplace,” said Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Design Director.
With an eye toward conserving resources, ReGeneration incorporates recycled, rapidly-renewable and biobased materials. Leveraging a flexible and durable high performance elastomer in both the Flex Back Net and Dynamic Suspension control, ReGeneration offers a light scale without sacrificing key performance attributes. The high performance elastomer gives a person's back the experience of being cradled. A fully upholstered model offers the added comfort of foam and fabric overlaying the elastomer.
Formway Lead Designer Kent Parker cites the elegantly attenuated bridges of architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava as a model for his team's strategy of using structural diagrams to dictate overall form.
Pointing to the use of the chair’s back curve as the central element, Pardo observes, “It economically serves both aesthetic and structural purposes.” He adds that this not only results in an appealingly slim silhouette, bus also sends a strong message about creating efficient structures that conserve natural resources.
Paul Wilkinson, Formway's lead engineer, notes that revealing and streamlining the structure highlights the fundamental purpose of the ReGeneration chair—to bring dynamic seating to a wider audience.
ReGeneration and Sustainable Design
Materially efficient and sustainable, the ReGeneration Flex Back Net uses rapidly-renewable materials derived from corn byproducts; the chair is 2% rapidly-renewable by weight. In addition, ReGeneration is constructed with 44% to 48% recycled materials, depending on the model, with high postconsumer recycled content from plastic water bottles in the frame and arms. The upholstery foam uses biobased content derived from soy.
ReGeneration is BIFMA level® 3 certified and SMaRT© Sustainable Platinum rated. It is also GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD for Children & SchoolsSM certified. The chair can contribute to achieving LEED® credits for Commercial Interiors, New Construction and Existing Buildings.
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Knoll is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian's Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.