Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) American industrial designer

Pollock Executive Chair by Charles Pollock 1963
Pollock Executive Chair by Charles Pollock 1963

Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) was an American industrial designer who created sleek furniture, most notably an office chair held together by a single aluminium band that became known as a Pollock Chair. 


He studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.


He worked at the industrial design office of George Nelson, New York. He designed fibreglass furniture with tapering tubular metal legs.

In 1958 he set up his design office where he designed the 1960 657 sling chair in leather for the seat with a steel frame support and the 1965 fibreglass shell swivel office chair, both for Knoll.

Pollock Arm Chair by Charles Pollock 1960
Pollock Arm Chair by Charles Pollock 1960

Pollock chair

He is best known for designing the Pollock Chair; an office chair kept together by a single aluminium band. This iconic chair, first introduced in 1963 and still in development, became a staple of executive offices in the United States in the 1960s and can be seen in institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the period television show Mad Men.

He subsequently designed chairs for Thonet and the 1981 Penelope metal mesh chair for Castelli.


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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