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Florence Knoll Benches

American, 1917-2019
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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Creator: Florence Knoll
Custom Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll Bench USA 2017 leather, steel Measures: 48 W x 19.5 D x 16.75 H inches. Custom sized Florence Knoll bench in a custom flat steel finish with leather upholster...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Rare Midcentury Ottoman or Stool for Knoll
By Vincent Cafiero, Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this wonderful and seldom seen ottoman, bench or stool by Vincent Cafiero for knoll. Featuring a tufted seat in newly recovered Spinneybeck leather. Having ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Aluminum, Chrome

Rare No. 33 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Seldom seen 3-seat version of an iconic design by Florence Knoll.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Velvet

2 Florence Knoll Upholstered Benches
By Florence Knoll
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
2 Florence Knoll benches Original red upholstery. Labeled Sold individually, price is for 1 bench.
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1970s North American Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Knoll Coffee Table / Bench T Angled Framed in Walnut
By Florence Knoll
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A satin black metal T - angled framed low coffee table / bench with four segmented black walnut squares , this well made piece is from the T - Angle Series designed by Florence Knoll...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Walnut

Vintage Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A vintage Florence Knoll bench purchased out of a local Palm Springs estate. It had been nicely reupholstered and we liked the fabric and left it. The bench is in good age appropriat...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Florence Knoll 2 Seater Bench
By Florence Knoll
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bench Florence Knoll - Relax 2 places Model Created in 1954 new condition New condition Dimensions: W 96cm x D 48cm x H 42cm Structure: exposed metal frame and square section s...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

All Original Florence Knoll Bench, Knoll Associates Inc.
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
All original Florence Knoll bench measuring 80" wide, 20" deep and 17.5" high. The bench has 2 labels as pictured. Early label Knoll Associates, Inc. Madison Ave, NY. There's a sl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #32
By Florence Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
Florence Knoll sofa model #32. An armless sofa model #32 by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates. The frame is black enameled steel and the cushions have been restored in a luxurious...
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20th Century American Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Clean Lined Walnut and Iron Coffee Table or Bench by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined "T Angle" model walnut and iron mid century coffee table or bench, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll, American, circa 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Iron

Architectural Florence Knoll T-Angle Table Bench
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Early Florence Knoll 'T-Angle' table bench with original black laminate tops. Would serve well and an oversized coffee table or cocktail table but it is built in a way that would eas...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Florence Knoll Architectural Table Bench in Walnut for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Large early production Florence Knoll angle iron and walnut table or bench with segmented walnut top from the 'T-Angle' Series. This is a very substantial piece and would easily supp...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

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Florence Knoll Credenza
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Located in Houston, TX
Knoll Associates Florence Knoll USA rosewood veneer, marble, chrome-plated steel Measures: 75 W × 18.5 D × 25.5 H in Rosewood has uneven finish. Small veneer loss. Small chips...
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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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By Knoll, Maya Lin
Located in Houston, TX
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Birch

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H 28 in. W 72 in. D 48 in.
Warren Platner Side Tables for Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Houston, TX
Warren platner pair of side or occasional tables Knoll International USA, 1960s Oak, bronzed steel Measures: 18.5 height × 24 diameter inches.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

Richard Meier Dining Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Richard Meier
Located in Houston, TX
Richard Meier Dining table Knoll USA, 1982 Maple Measures: 27.5 H × 96 W × 60 W in Large dining table. In original condition. Table and ten chairs are separate listings.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Maple

  • Richard Meier Dining Table for Knoll
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  • Richard Meier Dining Table for Knoll
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H 27.5 in. W 96 in. D 60 in.
Large Richard Meier Dining Set for Knoll
By Richard Meier, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Richard Meier Dining Set Dining table, armchairs, 10 chairs Knoll USA, 1982 Maple Measures: 27.5 H × 96 W × 60 W in table Measures: 26.5 H × 20.5 W × 20 D in. Large di...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Maple

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H 27.5 in. W 96 in. D 60 in.
Richard Meier Armchairs Set of 10 for Knoll
By Knoll, Richard Meier
Located in Houston, TX
Richard Meier Armchairs, 10 chairs Knoll USA, 1982 Maple Measures: 26.5 H × 20.5 W × 20 D in. Large set. In original condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Maple

  • Richard Meier Armchairs Set of 10 for Knoll
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  • Richard Meier Armchairs Set of 10 for Knoll
H 26.5 in. W 20.5 in. D 20 in.
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Houston, TX
Poul Kjærholm, original condition. PK 33 stool. E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1959. Matte, chrome-plate spring steel with patinated, laminated wood. Dimensions: 53.34 x 35...
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Steel

Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell screen USA, c. 1965 American black walnut, glass, brass 96 w × 1.75 d × 95.5 h inches Large four-panel custom screen by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Carved walnu...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Glass, Walnut

  • Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
  • Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
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  • Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
H 95.5 in. W 96 in. D 1.75 in.
Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, 1940s, Pair Available
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available, USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measure: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Silk, Oak

Paul Frankl Custom Sofa, Pair Available, 1940s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Frankl sofa, matched pair available. USA, circa 1944. From an important estate. Silk over oak frame. Measures: 88 W x 27 D x 33 H in. 224 W x 68.5 D x 83.8 H cm. Featured in...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Silk, Wood

Custom Order Paavo Tynell Counter Balance for Taito Oy 1940s
By Paavo Tynell, Taito Oy
Located in Houston, TX
Paavo Tynell Counter Balance, model NM 348 Taito Oy brass, glass, steel wire Measures: 54 height × 7.5 diameter inches Height is adjustable. The cord could be added for length.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Benches

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Brass

Previously Available Items
Florence Knoll Large T-Angle Bench in Teak
By Florence Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll, T-angle bench, teak and metal, United States, 1950s Large early production Florence Knoll angle iron and teak table or bench with segmented walnut top from...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Teak

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  • Florence Knoll Large T-Angle Bench in Teak
  • Florence Knoll Large T-Angle Bench in Teak
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H 15.75 in. W 80.52 in. D 19.69 in.
Bench by Florence Knoll, Knoll Edition, USA, 1960s
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Chromium plated steel, rectangular frame with three separately upholstered seats and raised on eight square legs.                  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome, Steel

Clean Lined Modern Grey Velvet and Chrome Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant Florence Knoll modern bench freshly upholstered in a luxe grey velvet. A clean lined chrome base finishes the piece.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel, Chrome

Ivory White Tufted Leather Bench by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Two-section tufted ivory white leather bench by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in excellent condition. An elegant and versatile piece.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome, Steel

  • Ivory White Tufted Leather Bench by Florence Knoll
  • Ivory White Tufted Leather Bench by Florence Knoll
  • Ivory White Tufted Leather Bench by Florence Knoll
  • Ivory White Tufted Leather Bench by Florence Knoll
H 16.54 in. W 61.03 in. D 19.69 in.
Florence Knoll T Angle Leather and Walnut 3 Seat Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Excellent KNoll leather 3 seat bench with walnut side table. Bench is made out of black t angle iron. In excellent vintage condition. This bench has a matching pair but the leather n...
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1950s American Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in East Hampton, NY
Florence Knoll for Knoll chrome frame bench with black vinyl upholstery....
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1970s American Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome, Steel

  • Florence Knoll Bench
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  • Florence Knoll Bench
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H 17 in. W 36 in. D 18 in.
3 ft. Vintage Knoll Black Leather & Chrome Bench
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Very nice example of Florence Knolls` superbly understated International Style tufted leather and steel bench.
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Late 20th Century American Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Designed Leather Bench for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Florence Knoll leather bench, retains original labels and signature on one of the chrome legs. Design dates to the 1950's although this Bench is dated 2012. Presents very well with m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Six foot long bench of chrome-plated steel and leather, designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll, circa 1970. Upholstered in individual welted panels with button tufting. In ...
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1970s American International Style Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Chrome

  • Florence Knoll Bench
  • Florence Knoll Bench
  • Florence Knoll Bench
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H 17 in. W 72 in. D 18 in.
Florence Knoll 'T' Angle Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Fine early example of Florence Knoll's 'T' angle bench with segmented walnut top and blackened steel base. A solidly constructed and handsome example of mid-century international st...
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1950s American International Style Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Steel

  • Florence Knoll 'T' Angle Bench
  • Florence Knoll 'T' Angle Bench
  • Florence Knoll 'T' Angle Bench
  • Florence Knoll 'T' Angle Bench
H 15.5 in. W 60 in. D 20 in.
Bronze Florence Knoll Museum Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
An early and rare bronze museum bench designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This 12 foot bench is wider than the standard Knoll benches as well.
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1950s Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Bronze

Bench or Coffee Table by Florence Knoll, Walnut and Black Angle Iron, Stunning
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Florence Knoll architectural bench / coffee table. Four walnut panels on a black angle iron frame. Expertly refinished. Beautiful. Signed with Knoll label on the underside.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Benches

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Iron

Florence Knoll benches for sale on 1stDibs

Florence Knoll benches are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Florence Knoll benches collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 15 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Florence Knoll's original benches were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider benches by Paul McCobb, Arthur Umanoff and Knoll if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Florence Knoll benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,400 and tops out at $9,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,850 on average.

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