The Lee Lounge Seating Line by Gary Lee for Knoll
pulls off a nifty feat of prestidigitation. That is to say, the iconic collection by renowned interior designer Gary Lee seems to re-invent itself every year-perpetually establishing an annual relevance that's just as impressive in 2012 as it was when it originally debuted.
Lounge Chair from the Lee Lounge Collection. Designed by Gary Lee. Manufactured by Knoll.
Knoll's Lee Lounge Seating Offers Timeless Elegance and Contemporary Panache
The kicker here is that-with the exception of a slight re-tooling in 2003-the Lee Lounge line has remained unchanged. The collection of lounge chairs, settees, and sofas manages to continually appear fresh and exciting, in large measure because of Lee's expertise in striking that elusive balance between high style and work-a-day pragmatism.
All of the Lee Lounge pieces feature exceptionally durable construction, made to withstand the rigors of being sat in and out of day after day, whether in office reception areas or other multifarious public venues. The nuts and bolts side of the Lee Lounge line begins with an internal frame of plywood, progresses to the strength of metal arm support brackets, and finishes up with the versatility of aluminum legs.
This penchant for durability extends to the exterior as well. A semi-attached main cushion is flanked by exacting upholstery details that lend strength and longevity even as they contribute to the distinctive aesthetic: double-stitched outside corner seams and inside seams that align with the seat cushions complement Knoll's extensive upholstery options in both fabric and leather.
All told, the Lee Lounge Seating Line is a consistent performer with a reputation for versatility and superlative style-"a simple, elegant aesthetic that is contemporary and modern without being trendy."
About the Manufacturer: Knoll creates contract furniture that maintains "a commitment to innovation and modern design." Founded in 1938, Knoll is headquartered in Pennsylvania, where one of their four North American manufacturing sites is also located (the others are in Michigan and Ontario). From tables and desks to textiles and accessories, Knoll offers a comprehensive portfolio of furniture designed "with imagination and vision." Over 40 of Knoll's products are in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.