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Florence Knoll Furniture

Florence Knoll (USA, 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 post-war 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.

Iconic Designs from Florence Knoll
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Settee
Florence Knoll Settee
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Florence Knoll Chrome Coffee Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Florence Knoll 30" chrome coffee table The Florence Knoll table has a spare, geometric presence that reflects the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from Mies van der...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Knoll Credenza with Rojo Marble Top
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Mid-Century Modern Knoll credenza with Rojo marble top Two hinged doors with magnetic catches Two cabinets, each cabinet has 2 removable, adjustable shelf Metal legs and t...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble

Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Mohair, Chrome

Vintage Florence Knoll Credenza
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Walnut

20ft Vintage Midcentury Florence Knoll Conference Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Walnut

Florence Knoll for Knoll Striped Alexander Girard Fabric Lounge
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century lounge chair designed by Florence Knoll and made by Knoll with original Alexander Girard striped upholstery and chrome base.
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1960s American Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

90in Vintage Mid-Century Knoll Three-Seat Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Iconic Florence Knoll three-seat sofa in original berry fabric. Chrome legs. Chrome has been restored. Measures: 90 in.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Brown Leather Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Leather, Chrome

Florence Knoll Tufted Vegan Ultra Leather Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid Century Modern Knoll couch designed by Florence Knoll. This three person sofa features a tufted, off-white ultra leather upholstery and chrome plated steel legs. This classic d...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Leather

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