Charles Pollock was born in Philadelphia, USA, in 1930. He studied at the Cass Technical College in Detroit from 1944 to 1949. From there, he won a stipend for the Pratt Institute of Design and concluded his studies with a Bachelor of Art.

He first worked with George Nelson and then with the Knoll Development Group for Design. He opened his own studio in 1958 and designed his first chair in 1960 in co-operation with Florence Knoll. The leather model number "657" was so successful that he developed it further to create the famous "Pollock-Chair", the best selling executive chair in the history of office furniture design. The Pollock Chair was first introduced in 1965 and now has a place of honour in the Louvre museum in Paris.

Pollock designed his award-winning chair "Penelope" for Haworth in 1982. It was the first chair in which the user was able to sit in the so-called "bent knee style". In addition, Pollock achieved an ergonomic effect for the first time with his mix of chairs.