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Florence Knoll

American, 1917-2019

Architect, furniture designer, interior designer, entrepreneur — Florence Knoll had a subtle but profound influence on the course of mid-century American modernism. Dedicated to functionality and organization, and never flamboyant, Knoll shaped the ethos of the postwar business world with her polished, efficient design and skillfully realized office plans.

Knoll had perhaps the most thorough design education of any of her peers. Florence Schust was orphaned at age 12, and her guardian sent her to Kingswood, a girl’s boarding school that is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community in suburban Detroit. Her interest in design brought her to the attention of Eliel Saarinen, the Finnish architect and head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Saarinen and his wife took the talented child under their wing, and she became close to their son, the future architect Eero Saarinen. While a student at the academy, Florence befriended artist-designer Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames. Later, she studied under three of the Bauhaus masters who emigrated to the United States. She worked as an apprentice in the Boston architectural offices of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught her at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 1941, she met Hans Knoll, whose eponymous furniture company was just getting off the ground. They married in 1946, and her design sense and his business skills soon made Knoll Inc. a leading firm in its field. Florence signed up the younger Saarinen as a designer, and would develop pieces by Bertoia, Mies and the artist Isamu Noguchi. Her main work came as head of the Knoll Planning Group, designing custom office interiors for clients such as IBM and CBS. The furniture Florence created for these spaces reflects her Bauhaus training: the pieces are pure functional design, exactingly built; their only ornament from the materials, such as wood and marble. Her innovations — the oval conference table, for example, conceived as a way to ensure clear sightlines among all seated at a meeting — were always in the service of practicality.

Since her retirement in 1965, Knoll received the National Medal of Arts, among other awards; in 2004 the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted the exhibition “Florence Knoll: Defining Modern” — well deserved accolades for a strong, successful design and business pioneer. As demonstrated on these pages, the simplicity of Knoll’s furniture is her work’s great virtue: they fit into any interior design scheme.

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$4,910
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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Settee
Florence Knoll Settee
Florence Knoll Tan Leather Button Tufted Lounge Chair, 1970s
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in PAU, FR
Florence Knoll lounge chair in tan leather with button tufted seat and back on a chrome-plated steel base. Labeled Art Metal - Knoll Corp., June 9 1971 The chair has some losses to ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll

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Steel

Pair of Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs Model 25 WD for Knoll, Circa 1970
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Peabody, MA
A pair of classic Model 25 armchairs by Florence Knoll. These are the "WD" model, which indicates this square cut style of wooden legs.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Upholstery, Walnut

Florence Knoll Dining or Conference Desk Table Chrome Star Base & Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Knoll conference table circa 1970s great design can be used like a dining table or desk table, some wear due to age please check the pictures. with marble edge top and chrome-plated ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll

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Marble, Chrome

Vintage Pair of Mid Century Florence Knoll Club Lounge Chairs Wool White
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage Pair of original mid century club lounge chairs by Florence Knoll for Knoll International 655 Madison Ave. NYC. Classic great lines. The chrome bases are good shape with all ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll

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Chrome

Pair of off White Leather and Stainless Steel Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful 1950’s off white leather with parallel bar stainless steel legs lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This came out of the embassy of Australia. The sofa is...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Rosewood and Calacutta Marble Credenza or Sideboard, 1960s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Florence Knoll's iconic sideboard/credenza in rosewood with calacutta marble top. The sideboard features 4 bays with internal shelving in each bay. Key not available. In beautiful co...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll

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Marble, Steel

Florence Knoll Credenza, Blonde Oak Case, White Marble Top, Original, Signed
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Florence Knoll credenza in oak with Carrara marble top and chromed steel frame. This is one of the best examples of this design to come through our hands in 25 years in business. The...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

Florence Knoll Four Door Rosewood Credenza Carrara Marble Top
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll Four Door Rosewood Credenza Carrara Marble Top, features 4 adjustable shelves chrome plated square tubular base adustable levelers.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll

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Marble

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Relaxed Settee
Relaxed Settee
Average Price
$2,949
Number Available
2
Relaxed Settee
By Florence Knoll
Materials
Fabric, Metal, Steel, Upholstery
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Relaxed Sofa
Relaxed Sofa
Average Price
$3,693
Number Available
1
Relaxed Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Materials
Fabric, Wool
Styles
Modern
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Florence Knoll furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Florence Knoll furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Florence Knoll collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 257 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Florence Knoll were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jens Risom, George Nelson and Harvey Probber. The prices for Florence Knoll furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $389 and tops out at $22,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,200 on average.

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