Furniture Designer Charles Pollock Dies in Fire

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 08/21/2013 7:19AM


Charles Pollock, Bernhardt DesignCharles Pollock is shown sitting in the CP Lounge chair, which he designed for Bernhardt Design. QUEENS, NY - Famed furniture designer Charles Pollock died yesterday when fire broke out at his residence in Queens, NY. He was 83.

According to news sources, the cause of the Aug. 20 fire is still under investigation.

Charles Pollock, KnollThe iconic Executive Chair, designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. Pollock is perhaps best known as the designer of the iconic Executive Chair, which he developed for Knoll and realeased in 1965. The design, which incorporated an aluminum rim and upholstered back and seat, remains popular today.

After disappearing from the public eye for a number of years, Pollock was sought out by Bernhardt Design President Jerry Helling, who convinced the designer to return to the spotlight in collaboration with the company. (Watch video Finding Charles Pollock, below.) Commissioned by Bernhardt, Pollock's CP Lounge Collection made its debut in 2012. The CP is distinguished by large loop stitches around the perimeter of the chair, unlike previous designs with metal rims.

A self-described workaholic, Pollock was born in Philadelphia in 1930. He later moved with his family to Detroit, where he graduated from Cass Tech High School. He later attended the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute in New York.

Watch the video Finding Charles Pollock.


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Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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