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Knoll (USA)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair on Chrome Legs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Eero Saarinen for Knoll, executive armchair in original but soiled Knoll Fabric, on chrome legs. Needs to be reupholstered, and foam replaced, otherwise solid. Chrome can be ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wide White Diamond Chair & Ottoman with Pink Upholstery
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll wide version diamond chair with ottoman, frames are original white paint an original but faded pink Knoll textile covers. Minor scuffs to f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Krefeld Brown Leather Lounge Chair for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mies van der Rohe Krefeld lounge or club chair for Knoll with dark brown Spineybeck leather. Recent production of 2009, based on his 1930s designs for the Esters and Lange residences...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Early Jens Risom for Knoll Strap Stool
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Jens Risom for Knoll strap stool for Knoll, missing label, but date stamped May 15, 1952. Original finish shows age, original strap webbing worn, should be replaced. Small spli...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Maple

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Child's Side Chair
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Harry Bertoia for Knoll child's wire coated mesh chair. In vintage condition, with some loss to coating, stains, crazing and having all four original floor glides.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Metal

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 Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Mies van der Rohe Flat Bar Brno Chairs by Knoll, Stainless
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Two Mies van der Rohe flatbar Brno for Knoll in stainless steel with grey blue leather. In excellent condition marked with label. Only minor scuffs to leather see photo. Production y...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Richard Sapper Desk, Task, Executive or Conference Chair, Total of 8 Available
By Knoll, Richard Sapper
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Steel, Leather

Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Florence Knoll tufted leather lounge chairs, originally designed in 1954, this pair is of recent production. Original Spinneybeck tan leather on satin chrome frame, both an u...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Chrome

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