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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.

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Florence Knoll Walnut Model 578 Table
By Florence Knoll, Nordiska Kompaniet, Knoll
Located in Dronten, NL
Florence Knoll model 578 dining table. Conference table with boat shaped top in walnut with an enameled square tubular steel base. The beautiful book matched walnut table top featu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Florence Knoll Walnut Wall-Mounted Drop Front Cabinet for Knoll, USA, 1950s
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
The simplicity of Florence Knoll's iconic cabinets are unmistakable. This model in wall mounted with adjustable shelving and open storage behind the drop front doors with leather pulls.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Florence Knoll Oval Dining Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Florence Knoll oval dining table.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Credenza Console by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Lafayette, IN
Iconic four-position "Low Credenza" by Florence Knoll. Credenza features magnificent bookmatched grain rosewood veneer, stone top, 8 drawers, and chrome base/hardware. Credenza is i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Stone, Chrome

Vintage 1975 Midcentury Marble-Top Rosewood Credenza Console by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Lafayette, IN
Iconic four-position "Low Credenza" by Florence Knoll. Credenza features magnificent bookmatched grain rosewood veneer, white Calcutta marble tops with gray veining, and chrome bases...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble, Chrome

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Marble-Top Rosewood 4-Door Credenza
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Southampton, NJ
4-door rosewood and Carrara marble-top credenza designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Beautiful overall condition. All shelves are present and marble is free of chips, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Steel

Florence Knoll 8 Drawer Rosewood Credenza with Carrara Marble Top
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Southampton, NJ
Florence Knoll for Knoll International rosewood and marble top 8-drawer credenza having chromed steel base. Features 2 file drawers and ample case storage. This example has outstan...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Steel

Round Mid-Century Modern Teak & Chrome Dining Table by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Lafayette, IN
Gorgeous teak and chrome dining table by Florence Knoll. Table features a beautiful teak veneer top with rounded, black edge and chrome, 4-legged base. This piece is in very nice, or...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Pair of Slipper Chairs by Florence Knoll, USA, 1950s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Florence Knoll armless slipper chairs, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll in the 1950s. The pair have been completely restored. The attached cushions have been reupholstere...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Florence Knoll Cube Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A classic form by Florence Knoll re-upholstered many years ago price is for the pair.  
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1960s American Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Upholstery

Vintage Executive Desk or Dining Table by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Burbank, CA
This amazing vintage table designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in the United States, circa 1960s. Its versatile allows it to serve as a desk, dining table, or conferen...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal, Steel

Florence Knoll Sideboard "Credenza 190" White Gloss and Marble Top for Knoll Int
By Florence Knoll
Located in The Hague, NL
This Minimalist credenza was designed by Florence Knoll in 1961 for Knoll Int. Florence Knoll revolutionized private office design by replacing the executive desk with a table, so s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Metal

Oval Dining Table Model "2480" Designed by Florence Knoll, Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oval dining table model "2480" designed by Florence Knoll. Produced by Knoll International, USA in the early 1980s. Calacatta marble tabletop standing on a chromed steel base. Very g...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble, Steel

Florence Knoll Oak Desk or Table
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Florence Knoll for Knoll International round dining table or executive desk with oak top and chromed steel legs.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Rosewood Credenza with Calacatta Marble Top by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous five-drawer rosewood credenza with chrome base and original calacatta marble top, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Refinished and in excellent condition. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble

Florence Knoll Glass and Chrome Side Table for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed to furnish the new interiors of postwar America, this Florence Knoll side table / end table, is a scaled-down translation of the lines, gestures and materials of Mid-Century...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Florence Knoll Sideboard for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, lacquered walnut, seagrass, cane, steel and leather, United States, 1948. An early office-residential crossover piece. The woode...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

1950s Florence Knoll Black Lacquer Cabinet with Maple Interior Model No. 541
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Early Florence Knoll model 541 credenza with black case, antique white doors and maple interior. All original specs in exceptional condition. This is considered by many collectors to...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

1960s Rosewood Partners Desk by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rosewood partners desk with two slim drawers on each side atop a heavy machined steel base.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Club Chairs
By Florence Knoll
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Just back from upholsterer a pair of vintage Knoll club chairs designed by Florence Knoll. Grey tweed fabric with new premium foam. Chrome base. Both are labeled with Knoll Associa...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Florence Knoll Dressers
By Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, pair of dressers. Featuring four drawer, chrome-plated "tab pulls" with Carrera marble tops.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble, Chrome

Florence Knoll Credenza Custom Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, seven-drawer credenza in bookmatched rosewood veneer with oil finish, custom slab 1 and 1/4" thick honed Calcutta marble from Italy. Honed ma...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble

Florence Knoll White Oak Credenza with Carrara Marble Top
By Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll white oak credenza with Carrara marble top. Features 8 doors with cutout pulls, 4 separate storage compartments with adjustable shelves Solid tubular base with adjus...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble

Original Ludwig Mies van der Rohe “Barcelona” Lounge Chairs for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of “Barcelona” chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Florence Knoll Inc. in the United States circa 1960’s. Initially created for the German Pavilion at the Barcelon...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Teak Dressers by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Matched pair of dressers in teak designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Each dresser with three drawers, top drawers with dividers, on chromed steel bases. One dresser w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Classic Modernist Florence Knoll Walnut and Oak Credenza, Early Knoll Label
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist Florence Knoll walnut and oak Credenza with leather pulls retains early Knoll label, Florence Knoll's simple. Elegant, understated design, 4 sliding doors in oakwoo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Leather, Oak, Walnut

Classic Knoll Walnut Round Table Dining Conference, 1961
By Florence Knoll
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a vintage midcentury Classic Knoll 48" round dining and or conference table with new lacquered walnut top - features a chrome base, circa 1960s, USA. Florence...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Walnut

Florence Knoll Walnut Dresser
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Florence Knoll dresser in walnut and laminate top. Wood refinished and is stunning. Original pulls and bow tie label. Drawers function smoothly. Top in great shape for the age....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

Rosewood and Marble Chest by Florence Knoll for Knoll Int
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Free standing rosewood chest with bronze pools and base design by Florence Knoll for Knoll in 1959 original marble.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Rosewood

Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs in Noir Velvet with Brushed Brass Frames, Pair
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Also available: Florence Knoll sofa, Florence Knoll settee, Florence Knoll coffee table. Modern day obsession with midcentury design wouldn't exist if not for the momentous effort...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Florence Knoll Coffee Table in Chrome
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Modern day obsession with midcentury design wouldn't exist if not for the momentous efforts of Florence Knoll. The most significant chapter in Knoll’s life was spent devoted to her n...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome, Steel

Florence Knoll Rosewood Dressers
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, pair of dressers, highly figured book matched rosewood veneer, chrome plated steel base, solid steel legs with adjustable glides, 3 drawers ea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Vintage Walnut Credenza by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Burbank, CA
This gorgeous vintage walnut credenza was designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The interior consists of four dovetail drawers, file drawer, pull-out shelf, and two adj...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Chairs, Set of Four Model 65A, 1960s
By Florence Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll. Armchair, model #65A (set of four). Knoll, USA, circa 1965. Leather, matte chrome-plated steel. Measures: 34 W x 32 D x 31 H inches. Literature: Knoll Furniture: 1...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Rosewood Mid-Century Modern Knoll End or Coffee Tables
By Florence Knoll
Located in Milford, NH
A fine pair of Minimalist rosewood end table or coffee tables designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1950s. A Knoll Associates label appears on underside of one of the pair. Very good ove...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Rosewood

Florence Knoll Credenza, Rare Six Door, Walnut and White / Ivory, Rare, Signed
By Florence Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Very rare, likely customer ordered, Florence Knoll walnut and white six door credenza / storage cabinet / sideboard. Expertly restored and refinished, paying attention to every detai...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Florence Knoll 1948 Desk
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dronten, NL
Very early Florence Knoll desk in solid gold colored maple made by Knoll International. Later Knoll furniture is always made of veneered particleboard. This is a museum piece! Many...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Maple

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Walnut Side Tables, Refinished
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
A stunning pair of Minimalist Mid-Century Modern square side tables By Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates USA, 1960s Book-matched walnut tops, with chrome legs. Measures...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Marble Side Table by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A simplistic and timeless design by Florence Knoll for Knoll. White Carrara marble top side table or cocktail table with chromed square steel legs. Pictured with Harry Bertoia side c...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble

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

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Nightstand in Walnut
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll nightstand in walnut Knoll, USA, 1956. Walnut. Measures: 18 W x 18 D x 20 H inches. Nightstand has a single drawer above a lower shelf.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Walnut

Oval Dining Table from Florence Knoll for Knoll International, circa 1970
By Florence Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Oval dining table from Florence Knoll for Knoll International, circa 1970 Marble tabletop and chrome steel base. This table is in a very good condition.  
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1970s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble

Early Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dronten, NL
Architectural three-seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll Associates, 1954. Frame and legs in heavy gauge steel with satin chrome finish, original wool upholstery. Co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Wall-Mounted Cabinet by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Wall-mounted cabinet by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates. Walnut case with original white lacquered doors and interior. Interior has shelves of both oak and glass. This is cabinet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal

White Sideboard with Marble Top by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This Minimalist sideboard was designed by Florence Knoll in 1961 for Knoll Int. Florence Knoll revolutionized private office design by replacing the executive desk with a table, so ...
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1960s Belgian Minimalist Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal

White Credenza with Marble Top by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This Minimalist credenza was designed by Florence Knoll in 1961 for Knoll Int. Florence Knoll revolutionized private office design by replacing the executive desk with a table, so s...
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1960s Belgian Minimalist Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal

1940s Florence Knoll Sofa Three-Seat Sofa, Model 26, Pair Available
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll sofa three-seat sofa with birch base, Model 26, 1947. Matched pair available, from single estate ownership. USA, circa 1947. Measures: 32 H x 90 W x 32 D inches (hei...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Upholstery, Birch

Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Sofa in Fuchsia
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic sofa designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll in the early 1960s. It features a stainless steel frame with fuchsia tweed upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Pair of parallel-bar lounge chairs by Florence Knoll. Steel-framed cradles with upholstered seats and backs. An American midcentury Classic.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Teak and Marble Florence Knoll Executive Small Chest for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Iconic Florence Knoll design from the executive line, this teak five-drawer chest is freestanding, raised on chrome steel base. Dated 1972. Model 2542M.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble, Chrome

Pair of Early Florence Knoll #75 Stools Side Tables
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Laminate tops on white hairpin legs. Great as side tables or stools.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Iron

Florence Knoll Rosewood Credenza, Original Calacatta Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful Brazilian rosewood credenza / sideboard / storage / media cabinet on chromed steel base. Completely original and in very good condition, ready to use. The Calacatta marble ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Early Florence Knoll Credenza in Rosewood with Calacatta Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Florence Knoll credenza in rosewood, drawer fronts are book matched with beautiful Calacatta marble top. The 10 drawer Rosewood cabinet has been restored, chrome pulls and base polis...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Florence Knoll Dining / Conference Table
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
A conference / dining table by Florence Knoll for Knoll Inc. featuring an oval Carrara marble top and chrome star-shaped base. Early 2000 production. Available for immediate delivery...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Metal

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

1st Generation Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa by Knoll Associates, 1950s, Signed
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare example of the Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa, designed in 1954, has a built-in attached magazine / book side table and is signed with the original early generation Knoll A...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Midcentury Florence Knoll Sofa #57 Parallel Bar System Newly Restored
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Incredible rare vintage circa 1960 Midcentury Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa Model #57 three-seat sofa with arms. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll Int. USA. Solid Steel ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Marble Top Credenza by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Simplicity in design. A stunning credenza designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll, featuring a marble top and tons of storage. Retains all six square metal leveling glides and pen drawe...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Furniture

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Marble, Steel

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