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Knoll

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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's mid-century modern 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 decor. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as the elegant Barcelona chaircreated by Mies and Lilly Reich — Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia.

As you can see from the collection of these designs and other vintage Knoll dining chairs, sofas and tables on 1stDibs, this manufacturer's offerings have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.

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Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, 1960s, Signed
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic and authentic (both the leather cushion and the Mahogany frame is signed with Knoll International labels) daybed is the 'Barcelona Daybed' also referred to as the 'Barcel...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll

Materials

Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Early Credenzas
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll, sideboards, teak, fabric, metal, United States, ca. 1950 These sideboards are designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The sideboards are exec...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll

Materials

Metal

Black Leather Desk Chair by Richard Sapper for Knoll Inc/Knoll Intl, France 1992
By Knoll, Richard Sapper
Located in Chicago, IL
Black Leather Office chair for Knoll Inc/Knoll International, France 1992. Original leather in excellent condition.
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1990s French Modern Knoll

Materials

Leather

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Dining /Center Table. Teak Top, Chrome Supports, Iron Base
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early and rare Noguchi Cyclone table. Out of production 48 inch round Teak top which has been expertly refinished. The chrome is free of pitting. The heavy iron base shows scuffs and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll

Materials

Chrome, Iron

Vintage 1980s Knoll Furniture Metal Truck
By Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A fun Knoll Furniture miniature die-case truck made by Winross. Likely a collectible item given to Knoll employees, it is a 1:64 scale model with removable cab and trailer with metal...
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Late 20th Century Knoll

Materials

Metal

  • Vintage 1980s Knoll Furniture Metal Truck
  • Vintage 1980s Knoll Furniture Metal Truck
  • Vintage 1980s Knoll Furniture Metal Truck
  • Vintage 1980s Knoll Furniture Metal Truck
H 10.5 in. W 2.5 in. D 1.5 in.
Warren Platner for Knoll Executive Desk with Black Leather Top
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll desk, leather, steel, oak, United States, 1973 This heavy, sturdy desk is designed by the American modernist Warren Platner. He is most known for his airy m...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll

Materials

Steel

Warren Platner for Knoll Side/End Table, 1960
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Warren Platner for Knoll side/end table in chrome and glass 1960. Original.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll

Materials

Steel

Set of 4 Midcentury Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Flat Bar Chairs
By Knoll
Located in Clermont, FL
Iconic BRNO chairs in parchment suede upholstery. Cantilever design is made of extremely heavy stainless steel flat-bar frames. These chairs are substantial and quite comfortable and...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Knoll Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Knoll Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Knoll Furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 942 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 75 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original Knoll furniture pieces were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 19th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Edward Wormley Furniture, Milo Baughman Furniture and Herman Miller Furniture. Knoll Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$174 and tops out at US$51,209, while pieces like these can sell for US$3,600 on average.

Questions About Knoll
  • 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 ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A Knoll sofa, or a Knole sofa, is an interesting piece of furniture that’s believed to have its origins in the 1600s and to be the precursor to the modern sofa. It features two side-by-side cushions and arms that are as high as the back of the sofa. The most interesting feature is that these arms can often be tied back or dropped to change the profile of the sofa. Find an assortment of Knole sofas from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the noted furniture brand Herman Miller acquired Knoll in 2021 and announced a new name, MillerKnoll. The new name is meant to take advantage of the long history and reputation that each brand brings to the table and to introduce a new, stronger joint effort to the public. Shop a collection of Herman Miller and Knoll furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 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
    Andrew B. Cogan is the CEO of Knoll furniture as of December 2021. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board. He took on the role in 2001. Prior to that time, he worked as the company's COO. Shop a range of Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    A Parker Knoll chair is designed by the British furniture manufacturing company Parker Knoll. These chairs are considered to be luxurious — they are handmade in the company’s Nottinghamshire factory from high-quality wood and feature plush upholstery in leather as well as in a variety of fabrics. Find Parker Knoll chairs 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
    MillerKnoll owns Knoll furniture. The company formed when Herman Miller, Inc., acquired Knoll, Inc., on April 19, 2021. The publicly traded company operates from its headquarters in Zeeland, Michigan. Andi Owen serves as its CEO, as of December 2021. Shop a collection of Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Knoll maintains manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada, and Italy. Countless designers have worked for Knoll over the years to create exquisite furniture that’s beloved by collectors worldwide. Shop a collection of antique and contemporary Knoll chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Florence Knoll produced her furniture designs largely in a factory located in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. As of December 2021, the company she founded, Knoll, Inc., manufactures furniture in the same factory, as well as in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Muskegon, Michigan; Toronto, Canada; and Foligno and Graffignana, Italy. Find a selection of Florence Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How to date Knoll furniture depends on the piece. Some pieces feature stickers that bear the brand's name and logo, and the graphics changed over the years. By comparing the style of the logo to samples online, you can estimate the age of the piece. In some cases, the manufacturing year may appear on the sticker. To date a Knoll chair, look for the tag sewn on the back of the seat cushion. Often, the manufacturer prints the date there. You'll find a collection of expertly vetted 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
    Knoll began to stamp their furniture in 2004. An authentic stamp consists of the brand's name printed in the correct font. Normally, the manufacturer places the stamp on the upper section of the base. Shop a selection of expertly vetted Knoll furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can buy Parker Knoll furniture through an authorized dealer. The manufacturer partners with brick-and-mortar stores all over the world and also works with some online platforms. While you can browse the entire selection of current Parker Knoll designs on their official website, you cannot buy directly from the company online. Shop a collection of Parker 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.

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