Newson Task ChairView text
Developed over the course of nearly a decade, and described by Marc as ‘one of the most complex projects I’ve ever done’, the Newson Task Chair is the second half of Marc’s seating project for Knoll. The monochromatic Task Chair features a nod to the cantilevered shape and open profile of the Newson Aluminum Chair (2018)- both chairs having been inspired by Knoll’s classic offerings.
The chair is made using fully bespoke parts (most task chairs are an assemblage of ready-made components), which enabled Marc the ability to create a chair that is less ‘visually theatrical’ than what is currently on the market. The mechanism- the ‘heart and soul of the object’ according to Marc- has been developed from the ground up and sits beneath the seat in a corrugated sleeve that is less than two inches thick. This key development allows the mechanism to be subsumed into the structure of the chair, thus enabling the clean side profile. The chair has three key ergonomic adjustments: the seat height via a small lever; the back tension with the bold round knob; and the chair articulates forwards and backwards (by 19 degrees) when pressure is applied. The arms swivel and can also be height-adjusted.
The honeycomb back is injection-moulded with ten different polymers, each of which has its own properties – and resulting attributes. Formed together, the back appears as a single cohesive structure. Marc describes it as ‘like a human body- different densities of material doing things in different places, but they’re all connected to one another.’ Each polymer is colour matched, and then the result must be released perfectly from the mould.
The chair is available in four monochromatic hues: petal (pink), graphite (blue-grey), umber (deep brown) and ink (blue-black), with or without arms, and with a choice of three different 5-star bases.