1970s Knoll Bill Stephens Bent Wood Side Arm Chair
Bill Stephens started at Knoll as an assistant prototype builder after his graduation from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. He first tried to make a cane chair on a minimal frame without success. He then changed the seat to a plastic shell that, when connected to the frame, formed a total structure; with this design innovation, the 1305U chair was born. It was originally designed for installation at the Yale School of Architecture student center.
Date of Design: 1970
Date of Manufacture: 1972-1988
Model Number: 1305U
Materials: Laminated oak frame dark finish, upholstered molded plastic shell
After failing in early prototypes, Stephens changed the seat of the 1301 chair from cane to a plastic shell which, when connected to the wood frame, formed a stronger structure for the chair. Initial use was at the Yale University School of Architecture student center.