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Knoll Furniture

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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Eero Saarinen for Knoll Marble Table
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic Eero Saarinen for Knoll 47" round marble dining table. Probably 5-10 years old. Table is in very nice condition. Shows some fine scratches in the top coat, base looks brand n...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Aluminum

Pair of Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Wood Legged Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Upholstery, Bentwood

Pair of Harry Bertoia for Knoll Diamond Chairs
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 1950s Womb Chair and Ottoman
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice early example from 1950s, cap style feet model. Newly upholstered in a red nubby weave fabric. Fiberglass body with metal frame work and legs. Said to comfort comparable to a Mo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Iron

Harry Bertoia Bench for Knoll
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Iron, Oak

Saarinen for Knoll Marble Dining Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Aluminum, Carrara Marble

Knoll Stainless Steel Barcelona Chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice pair of Barcelona chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe. Design dates from the late 1920s and this stainless steel pair were made by Knoll in the late 1970s. Dark brown chocolate...
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1970s American Bauhaus Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chair for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

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Saarinen for Knoll Marble Dining Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chair for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Pair of Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Wood Legged Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Harry Bertoia Bench for Knoll
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Iron, Oak

Pair of Harry Bertoia for Knoll Diamond Chairs
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Florence Knoll for Knoll Settee
By Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Steel, Fabric

Florence Knoll for Knoll Double Dressers
By Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Chrome, Walnut

Teak Round/ OVAL Table with Pop Up Leaf G Plan
By G Plan Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Teak

Art Deco Diner Table
By Kem Weber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Iron, Formica

Memphis Style Dining Table
By Memphis Group
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Brass, Chrome, Birdseye Maple

Kurt Ostervig "Eva" Drop Leaf Teak Table by Jason Mobelfabrik
By Kurt Østervig
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Teak

Arne Vodder Rosewood Extension Dining Table
By Arne Vodder, Sibast
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Knoll Furniture

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Rosewood

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