In honor of its’ 80th anniversary, Knoll has introduced new products for both the home and the office that honor the iconic forms of the past and propel a modern sensibility into the future utilizing contemporary materials and complex manufacturing techniques.
Drawing inspiration from classic mid-century designs, the Glen Oliver Loew designed chair is the modern-day everywhere task chair, updated with engineering and material advances.
Ollo is a light task chair designed to support improvisation and spontaneity across a variety of environments and work styles.
With its modern form and intuitive movement, Ollo adapts to the task at hand, whether you’re just touching down or staying a while.
Intentionally simple and free of complicated mechanisms, the open form welcomes the user without dictating the chair’s function.
Ollo’s Active Pivot control creates a smooth, effortless recline.
The active pivot connects the curved back and seat which responds to a user’s movements and natural gestures without compromising support.
This automatic, synchronous motion between the back and the seat dynamically responds to your movements, sliding the seat forward and up as you recline.
And best of all, it’s naturally responsive to every user, eliminating the need for individual adjustments and making the transition from one user or activity to the next as easy as standing up.
The Balanced Back fuses two elements together to provide the ideal amount of flexibility and support for either relaxed or focused postures.
The lower back is structured and stable to provide lumbar support and control, while the upper back flexes to accommodate your movements.
Designed for spontaneity, Ollo is ready for you, responding to the ebb and flow of today’s work.
Ollo supports improvisation, meeting you wherever you work, whatever your task.
People work where and how they want.
Straightforward seating that provides continuity throughout the workplace allows everyone to sit down and get to work.
Ollo synthesizes familiar and open modern forms with sophisticated engineering and advanced materials
The Loew Ollo Chair can be specified in two lower-back colors, light grey and black, and three upper-back colors, light grey, medium grey and black for a monochromatic or contrasting finish.
The seat can be specified in a variety of textiles for a pop of color or a neutral look
About Glen Oliver Loew
Glen Oliver Loew graduated with a Diploma in Industrial-Design from the University of Wuppertal in 1985. He then moved to Milan/Italy, where he received a master’s degree in design from Domus Academy in 1986.
In 1987 he started his collaboration with Antonio Citterio, in 1990 he became partner in Antonio Citterio & Partners in Milan, developing a large number of products for companies such as Ansorg, Flos, Hackman, Iittala, Kartell, Vitra and Vitrashop.
Since 2000 he is teaching as a Professor for Product Design at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.
After starting his own studio, Loew has collaborated with companies like Steelcase, Thonet and Knoll.
Loew partnered with Knoll to develop a light task chair for the increasingly flexible and mobile work environment. The resulting design, Ollo, is an everywhere chair inspired by mid-century designs.
He’s received numerous design prizes for his work, including the “Compasso d`Oro“ Award”.
His work is included in the permanent collection at MoMA. He serves as a juror for various Design Awards, including the Red Dot Award, the iF Design Award and the IDEA award.
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