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Florence Knoll (USA, 1917–2019)
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 for Knoll Dusky Pink Fabric Relax Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Florence Knoll in 1954, this sofa is a fantastic example of the modern aesthetic of the era. The design has since been updated to the Relax model which offe...
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1950s Italian Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

1st Generation Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa by Knoll Associates, 1950s, Signed
By Florence Knoll, 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 Sofas

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Steel

Florence Knoll Armless Three-Seat Sofa with Walnut Frame and New Gray Upholstery
By Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s Florence Knoll armless sofa with blind tufted cushions and a solid walnut frame that features mortise and pegged tenon construction to the rear legs. Beautiful, angular form, f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Wonderful No.26 3-4 seater sofa by Florence Knoll / like new!
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
modern after all this years.... a matching set of 2 lounge chairs also available! Reupholstered. Foam, webbing and fabric new!!
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Velvet

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Gray Sharkskin Velvet and Chrome Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern three-seat sofa with gray sharkskin velvet upholstery, button-tufted back cushions, and a chrome-plated steel frame. (FLORENCE KNOLL).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Red and Silver Geometric Upholstered Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern three-seat sofa with red and silver "Firefly" pattern fabric (re-upholstered) and a chrome-plated steel frame. (FLORENCE KNOLL).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

1970's Florence Knoll Armless Lounge Settee Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Completely original early 1970's Knoll armless lounge settee. Tufted Knoll upholstered seating on a mirror chromed steel frame. It is in very good vintage condition. Upholstery a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Early Florence Knoll MCM Parallel Bar Walnut and Teal Green Daybed Slipper Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in La Grange, IL
Early Florence Knoll mid century parallel bar walnut and teal green daybed slipper sofa Sofa measures: 84.25 wide x 28.75 deep x 30.25 high, with a seat height of 15.25 inches high ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Florence Knoll Sofa on Rosewood Base
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Florence Knoll sofa, on hard to find rosewood base, recently reupholstered in top grade gray moat fabric. If you are looking for classic and timeless mid century design, this ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Mohair, Rosewood

Florence Knoll for Knoll Midcentury Sofa
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is an icon of Mid-Century Modern design, three seat sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The simple form and clean lines of this sofa, set atop a s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is an icon of Mid-Century Modern design, a loveseat by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The simple form and clean lines of this sofa, set atop a slee...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Loveseat Sofa
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is an icon of Mid-Century Modern design, a loveseat by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates. The simple form and clean lines of this sofa, set atop a sleek c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Completely Restored Florence Knoll 25 BC Three-Seat Sofa by Wohnbedarf, 1950s
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Three-seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International, and produced under license by Wohnbedarf AG, in the early 1950s. The sofa still has the original Wohnbedarf met...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Wool

1 Sofa and 2 Armchairs Florence Knoll International, 5 Places
By Florence Knoll
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Knoll, Florence - 1 sofa and 2 armchairs 3-seat sofa, E: 1954, Knoll International, 1990s, square frame in polished stainless steel with ivory looped Knoll fabric cover, 6 paddin...
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1990s Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Sofa Florence Knoll International, 3 Places
By Florence Knoll
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Knoll, Florence Michigan 3-seat sofa, E: 1954, Knoll International, 1990s, square frame in polished stainless steel with ivory looped Knoll fabric cover, 6 padding inserts. Mea...
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1990s Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Early Florence Knoll Mid Century Daybed Slipper Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in La Grange, IL
Early Florence Knoll Mid Century daybed slipper sofa Sofa measures: 84.75 wide x 29.5 deep x 30.25 high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in wha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Florence Knoll Sofa on Chrome Legs
By Florence Knoll
Located in Stamford, CT
A Florence Knoll sofa on chrome legs. Newly reupholstered.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Three-seat sofa by Florence Knoll and made by Knoll International. The sofa was newly upholstery, circa three years ago. The condition is very good.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal, Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #26, 1947-1970
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Classic three-seat Knoll Sofa Model #26 designed by Florence Knoll produced circa 1947-1970. Upholstered in natural linen, however, new upholstery necessary. This sofa is sturdy an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Maple

Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pristine Florence Knoll sofa for Knoll International. Upholstered in gorgeous Sina Pearson fabric. Florence Knoll was a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern...
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Early 2000s American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Lounge Series Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful vintage Florence Knoll 3-seat 'Lounge Series' sofa in unique color pink velvet fabric of exclusive French manufacture, completely restored with all new interiors. This mode...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Providence, RI
Sofa designed by Florence Knoll, and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1966. Recently upholstered, including all new foam and strapping. Please note: Unfortunately, this sofa was ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel, 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 for re-upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Sofa '2557'
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sofa model 2557, teak, fabric upholstery, United States, design 1955 Modern sofa with teak wooden base an grey fabric upholstery designed by ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Florence Knoll Sofa in Navy Velvet
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
The Classic Florence Knoll sofa, completely restored and reupholstered in navy blue. We restored this piece based on original specifications. Using a high quality supple deep navy ve...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Settee Sofa in “Sabrina” Mahogany Brown Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
On offer on this occasion is a rare, original “Florence Knoll” settee sofa (remarkably, one of two identical pieces available at present) from the world renown furniture house of Kno...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Leather

Pair of Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Settee Sofas in “Sabrina” Brown Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
Pair of Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” settee sofas in “Sabrina” mahogany brown leather On offer on this occasion is a rare, original identical pair of “Florence Knoll” settee sofa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Leather

67A Sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll International The sofa is new upholstered in Knoll textile fabric.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US The fabric is very rich with a golden yarn and in cream beige.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Florence Knoll Chrome and Cream Wool Upholstered Armless Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
This armless sofa by the seminal furniture designer Florence Knoll retains its original wool upholstery and has chromed tubular steel supports.
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Leather Sofa by Knoll Studio
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Florence Knoll leather sofa by Knoll Studio Sublime quality Florence Knoll for Knoll Studio model 1205S2C leather two-seat sofa, the chrome frame supporting the finest cream Spinn...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa, Teal Blue Green Velvet, Knoll International, New York, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Florence Knoll sofa, teal blue green velvet, Knoll International, New York, designed in 1954. Timeless Mid-Century Modern design, effortlessly neat and minimal while maintaining affa...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Sofa in Fuchsia
By Knoll, Florence 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 Sofas

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Stainless 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 Sofas

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Steel

Parallel Bar Sofa, Model 53, by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Florence Knoll's parallel bar sofa, model 53, places an armless angled seat upon a squared-off steel frame with a brushed chrome and black finish. The tufted back and seat of the sof...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll Sofa and Matching Lounge Chairs Living Room Set in Red
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching 3 piece living room suite designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. The set consists of one 3-seat sofa and two matching club chairs. All done in original red twee...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Parallel Bar Sofas By Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A "parallel bar" frame sofa with a button tufted back on chromed steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Early Florence Knoll Armless Sofa and Chair Set
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an early and rare Knoll sofa and chair set. This sets one and only home was non-other then a Richard Nuetra estate in the Hollywood Hills. New cushions and Upholstery. Design...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Minimalist Couch/Daybed by Florence Knoll, Wooden Frame, Reupholstered, ca. 1960
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Minimalist Florence Knoll couch/daybed, manufactured by Knoll International, Stuttgart, Germany, circa 1960. The essential light structure consists of a cherrywood frame held on blac...
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1960s German Minimalist Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Florence Knoll 3-Seat Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Florence Knoll 3-seat sofa. Nice original condition.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Vintage Florence Knoll Three-Seat Rosewood Sofa
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll, model 2553 RW. This piece was designed with a custom rosewood frame and original red crimson textile fabric. Seat cushions are su...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Rosewood

Three-Seat Sofa Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Acquired from the original owner who bought this new in 1967 from Knoll. Three seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Sofa has three loose back cushions and is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Textile, Walnut

Beautiful 1960s Florence Knoll Custom Daybed Sofa Cognac Leather, Mid-Century
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful 1960s daybed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Cognac leather, metal frame in black, fantastic condition, upholstery is very good, the leather in a beautiful cogn...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Very Early and Rare No. 578 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Designed in 1954. Original condition. could use a good cleaning or recovery.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A three cushion sofa with inset wooden conical legs in clear birch with slanted arms and angled profile in a beautiful damask fabric with a bit of shimmer to the back round. A very e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll, Rare and Very Early Sofa Model 578 for Knoll International, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Here is a very early version of the long 578 Sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1954. Black lacquered metal structure and wooden frames with foams and fabr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International. Upholstered in gorgeous Sina Pearson fabric. Florence Knoll was a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern...
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Early 2000s American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll International Sofa Model 25 BC
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This sofa was designed by Florence Knoll Bassett for Knoll International. Model 25 BC. From the 1960s and rare. It features the original black, white, and ecru woollen upholstery f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Aluminum

Rare 1950s Florence Knoll Sofa Mod. 26 Knoll International, Mid-Century Modern
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful Florence Knoll sofa in dark grey, very good condition, reupholstered and covered with woven fabric, beechwood legs and freestanding. A matching pair of lounge chairs is als...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Very Early and Rare No. 578 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
From the estate of the famous architect Viljo Revell. Hard foam. Designed in 1954. Original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Model no. 26 three-seat sofa. Upholstered with new foam in Cato fabric. Chrome plated legs. Measures: SH 20.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System Settee
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Garnerville, NY
Freshly upholstered in a light gray Knoll fabric. Stylish and beautiful. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. Original Knoll Associates Inc., Park Avenue label, circa 1970. Steel br...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Model 32 Sofa, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
This rare model 32 sofa is in used condition but still original. Designer: Florence Knoll Bassett Manufacturer: Knoll Inc. Country: USA Model: 32 sofa Design period: 1...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Modular Sectional Sofa, 1960s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Landscape sofa that provides unique comfort and modern straight lined. This stunning formed sofa has a frame of chromed steel and is finished in finest beige fabric. Its outstandin...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Sofa/End Table Combination Designed by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Geneva, IL
Striking and scarce sofa and end table designed by Florence Knoll in 1955. Black metal frame supports a firm and well defined seat cushion and buttoned back, covered in original fabr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Beautiful Mid-Century Florence Knoll Sofa Mod. 25 BC Knoll International, 1949
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
An amazing Florence knoll 1950s sofa mod. 25 BC in best condition, it was completely restored, new upholstery, covered with new cotton/woven petrol fabric, nice soft fabric, free sta...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Sofa by Florence Knoll Has Been Recently Upholstered in Knoll Fabric, circa 1950
By Florence Knoll
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Early Knoll sofa has been reupholstered using a blue Knoll fabric. The seat, back and sides are sewn into the frame and supported by six black, enameled, tubular steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

Early Florence Knoll Walnut "Floating" Frame Sofa, Model 57W
By Florence Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
A Classic Mid-Century Knoll model 57W sofa. The floating frame has mortised and pinned construction and is very solid. Original upholstery is in a cream and grey woven fabric with tu...
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Mid-20th Century Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric