After graduating from Pratt Institute and working with George Nelson, Charles Pollock (1930-2013) assembled a portfolio of designs and presented them to Florence Knoll. Planning Unit member Vincent Cafiero saw promise in a leather and steel lounge chair and encouraged Pollock to keep working on the design. The 657 Lounge showed the young designer’s precision handling of line, form, and materials. Pollock again demonstrated his command of line and material when he conceived the executive collection. His idea for the chair was to use an aluminum “rim,” which outlined the chair as the main structural and design element. The design remains a Knoll classic to this day.