This exceptional example of Otto Zapf’s work is not an easy one to come by. We are thrilled to offer this stunning high back leather executive chair produced by Knoll in the 1970s.
This lovely piece remains in good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
The ultimate package of class, comfort and character that only an aged leather chair of this caliber could offer.
Leather has been reconditioned, chair swivels, and adjusts in height along with a smooth tilt mechanism making this the ultimate chair for business or pleasure.
Primary wear and patina is on the arm rests. A couple minuscule nicks (see photo) not noticeable in most interior lighting scenarios.
Width 31.5” / Depth 30” / Height 44”
Seat Width - 19”
Seat Depth - 20”
Seat Height Adjustable Range:
- 19” minimum height
- 21.5” maximum height
Arm Height Adjustable Range:
- 24.5” minimum height
- 27” maximum height
About the designer:
Otto Zapf arrived at Knoll in 1973. He was a successful product designer in Europe and chose to work for Knoll because, in his view, Knoll was, “still an island of humanitarianism.”
Seeking to design office products that improved the feel of workplaces, Zapf designed furniture that was user-friendly, comfortable, and welcoming. Before coming to Knoll, Zapf designed the Softline System, a unique retail display system that used vinyl-covered metal frames as the principle component.
Intrigued by the potential applications of the idea, Knoll president Bobby Cadwallader asked Zapf to create an office system based on these fabric-covered frames.
The resulting Zapf System, one of the industry’s first fabric-based panel systems, was essentially a system of components and connectors — vertical panels and horizontal surfaces with accessories for storage and filing — designed and engineered to give architects and interior designers free reign in planning open or conventional office spaces.
The simple vocabulary of components combined to produce flexible open plan environments with screens, work stations, returns, freestanding desks, and storage units.
The Zapf System represented Knoll’s first, major foray into the systems business and set the stage for the company’s future.