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Florence Knoll Dressers

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 skillfully realized office plans and polished, efficient designs for sofas, credenzas, desks and other furnishings.

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.

Florence Knoll's main work came as head of the Knoll Planning Group, designing custom office interiors for clients such as IBM and CBS. The furniture she 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
1960s Florence Knoll Brazilian Rosewood Double 6-Drawer Dresser w/ Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Double Dresser, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1958. This example dates to the 1960s and features a rich Brazilian Rosewood Veneer. The wooden case s...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Steel

1950s Florence Knoll Brazilian Rosewood Double Six Drawer Dresser w/ Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Double Dresser, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1958. This example dates to the late 1950s and features a rich Brazilian Rosewood Veneer. The wooden c...
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1950s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Steel

Florence Knoll Architectural 9-Drawer Triple Dresser in American Walnut 1961
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
This monumental triple-dresser was designed by Florence Knoll for her company Knoll & Associates. It was recently acquired from the estate of a retired architect in New Orleans which...
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Mid-20th Century American Florence Knoll Dressers

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Oak, Walnut

Florence Knoll Walnut Dresser with Travertine Top
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut chest of drawers with brushed steel base and travertine top. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll.
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1960s Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Travertine

1960s Florence Knoll 3-Drawer Walnut Dresser with White Marble Top 2x Available
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Florence Knoll Walnut 3-drawer dresser, designed by Florence Knoll in 1960 for Knoll International. The listed price includes one dresser and we have two available for purc...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Marble, Steel

1960s Florence Knoll Rosewood Four Drawer Dresser with Marble Top - 3x Available
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Florence Knoll Rosewood 4-drawer dresser, model 325, designed by Florence in 1960 for Knoll International. The listed price includes one dresser and we have three available...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Marble

1970s Florence Knoll International 6 Drawer Credenza Dresser with Marble Top
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a gorgeous original 1970s Florence Knoll 6-drawer credenza/dresser, produced by Knoll International. This example has a dark mahogany finish with original marble t...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Double Dresser in Teak for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Florence Knoll for Knoll Double Teak Dresser on chrome stainless steel base with adjustable feet. Top newly refinished, entire cabinet cleaned and oiled. Drawers retain white drawe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Dressers

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Chrome

1948 Pair of Florence Knoll Associates No. 126 Louvered Dressers/Chests in Maple
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a pair of No. 126 louvered maple dressers, designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll Associates circa 1948. These are exceptionally rare and early examples ...
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1940s American Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Maple

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquered Chest of Drawers, Refinished
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern black lacquered three-drawer dresser chest By Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates USA, Circa 1970s Black lacquered walnut, with original ch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Dressers

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Triple Dresser in Oak and Travertine
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
A triple dresser on brushed stainless base in oak with travertine tops. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll.
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1960s Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Travertine

Early Production 3 Drawer Chests Designed by Florence Knoll / Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic architectural design. Early production dresser or chest of drawers designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International.Retains original KNOLL label. Beautiful walnut grain ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Stainless Steel

Early Production Florence Knoll 3-Drawer Chest/ Dresser / Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic architectural design ,, Early production dresser or chest of drawers designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International.Retains original KNOLL label.. Beautiful walnut gr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Dressers

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Stainless Steel

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Florence Knoll dressers for sale on 1stDibs.

Florence Knoll dressers are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Florence Knoll dressers, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dressers by Florence Knoll were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dressers by Knoll, R-Way Furniture Company, and Russel Wright. Prices for Florence Knoll dressers can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,290 and can go as high as $9,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,500.

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Questions About Florence Knoll Dressers
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Florence Knoll was an architect and furniture designer who greatly influenced mid-century design. She established the furniture company Knoll, Inc., which continues to manufacture pieces inspired by her designs. Knoll died on January 25, 2019, at the age of 101. Find a collection of Florence Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Florence Knoll lived in the U.S. throughout her life. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on May 24, 1917, and she died in Coral Gables, Florida, on January 25, 2019. From 1940 to 1941, she attended the Chicago Armour Institute in Chicago, Illinois. After that, she lived and worked in New York City for many years. On 1stDibs, find a range of Florence Knoll furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Florence Knoll, say "FLO-rens Noll." The "K" in the designer's last name is silent. Florence Knoll's maiden name was Florence Marguerite Schust, pronounced "shusht." She changed her name after marrying Hans Knoll in 1946. Find a range of Florence Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Florence Knoll made a number of well-known furniture designs and founded the company Knoll, Inc. Some of her most acclaimed pieces include the Florence Knoll lounge chair, the Florence Knoll sofa, the Florence Knoll bench and the Florence Knoll settee. Shop a variety of Florence Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, Florence Knoll didn't usually put a number on her pieces. To identify Florence Knoll furniture, look for a tag or mark that bears the name "Knoll" or "Knoll, Inc." On chairs, the labels are usually on the bottom cushion. On 1stDibs, find a collection of expertly vetted Florence Knoll furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    What Florence Knoll called the Womb chair after it was created is unknown. However, its creator Eero Saarinen stated that Knoll inspired him to make the piece by asking him to design the most comfortable chair ever, saying specifically that she wanted something that felt like "a basket full of pillows." Presented with the challenge, Saarinen went primal. What, the designer figured, better signifies the very essence of comfort than the womb? "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb,” the designer said of his chair. Find a selection of vintage Womb chairs on 1stDibs.

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