Furniture designer Charles Pollock dies in NY fire

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Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:54 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Pollock, designer of the famous Pollock Executive Chair that became ubiquitous in offices in the mid-20th century, has died in a fire at his New York City home. He was 83.

Police say Pollock was declared dead in his Queens home Tuesday morning. The cause is under investigation.

Pollock, raised in Michigan, came to New York to attend the Pratt Institute.

He introduced his chair in 1963. Set on rolling wheels, the chair was visually distinctive with tufted upholstery and an aluminum band around its edges. It's still in production.

But in the decades that followed, Pollock moved away from furniture design.

He returned to it recently. After being sought out by Jerry Helling of Bernhardt Design, Pollock created a lounge chair that was introduced last year.