This is a sad designer profile, one for which we wish the circumstances were different. We’re accustomed to profiling either living designers or those who have passed away long ago. But the recent passing of Charles Pollock makes us stop and think for a while; life is fragile and beautiful, and when it’s cut short too soon we all experience loss in some way.
One week ago today, Charles Pollock (designer of the Pollock Chair and co-designer, with George Nelson, of the Swag Leg collection) tragically died in a fire at his home and studio in New York. Missed by those who love him, he was full of vitality – at 83 years of age he was still enjoying his work. His most recent design, the CP Lounge Chair for Bernhardt Design, won awards that include a prestigious 2013 Red Dot award for Product Design.
The Red Dot jury’s statement was that, “The CP.1 appears to float thanks to its delicate construction. Its timeless design and clean lines make for simple, chic elegance.”
That elegance and timeless quality were the result of Pollock’s creative process, which he described in this way: “It starts as a thought, and then becomes an idea, something I might think about for years. When the time is right, I express it on paper, usually as a simple line in space. Finally, it takes shape.”
The world will remember Charles Pollock well for his excellent contribution to great design.