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Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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
Restored Vintage Florence Knoll Oval Top Rosewood Dining or Conference Table
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Restored Mid-Century Modern vintage Florence Knoll oval top dining table / conference or desk in rare book matched rosewood veneer on chrome star base. The rosewood has been refinish...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Large Florence Knoll Model 578 Dining Table
By Florence Knoll, Nordiska Kompaniet, Knoll
Located in Dronten, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International model 578 dining table, circa. Measures: 8 ft. long. Large conference table with boat shaped top in teak and enameled square tubular steel bas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Mid Century Rosewood Conference Dining Table by Florence Knoll
By Forma Brazil, Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage dining or conference table in Brazilian rosewood designed by Florence Knoll. This piece features a boat shaped tabletop supported by a rectangular steel base finished in poli...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Rare Early Florence Knoll Rosewood Dinning Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Dated 1973, We offer this Rare Early Florence Knoll Rosewood Dinning Table, designed to furnish the new interiors of postwar America, this table is a scaled-down translation of the l...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Steel

20ft Vintage Midcentury Florence Knoll Conference Table
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Florence Knoll Trained as an architect, Florence Knoll's own pieces for Knoll are simple, architectural designs that stand the test of time. Her lounge seating, sofas, tables, and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Florence Knoll Walnut Model 578 Table
By Nordiska Kompaniet, Florence Knoll, 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 Conference Tables

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8' Oval Rosewood Table or Desk by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
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Beautiful grain Brazilian rosewood 96" oval top on chrome steal base.
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Rosewood

Florence Knoll Style Oak and Re-Chromed Steel Base Dining or Conference Table
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Florence Knoll style designed oak dining table. This table features a 7' foot long top and a newly re-chromed steel base. This table was also sold as a conference table. The top w...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Florence Knoll Custom Round Carrara Marble Dining Table or Desk
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Florence Knoll Oval Emperador Marble Top Dining Table, Conference Table or Desk
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Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Florence Knoll for Knoll dining table with oval Emperador marble top and chrome base. Emperador marble top colors are olive-beige tones, the marble is quarried in Spain. Chro...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Marble, Metal

Original Florence Knoll Marble Oval Dining Table or Desk for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Echt, NL
Largest version of the Florence Knoll 2480 dining table or desk in very good condition. Designed in 1961 for Knoll International. The frame and legs are made of heavy gauge wel...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Conference Tables

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

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Florence Knoll conference tables for sale on 1stDibs

Florence Knoll conference tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Florence Knoll conference tables collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 11 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original conference tables by Florence Knoll were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider conference tables by Knoll, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Florence Knoll conference tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,975 and tops out at $20,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,950 on average.