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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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Pair of Constructivist Memphis Armchairs Made in Yugoslavia Distributed by Knoll
By Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Interesting and unusual pair of arm chairs marked Yugoslavia, distributed by Knoll. The chairs show the influences of a variety of modern style, from Renie Macintosh Vienna Secession...
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Late 20th Century Macedonian Post-Modern Knoll Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Max Pearson Swivel Desk Chair for Knoll possibly Alexander Girard Fabric
By Knoll, Max Pearson
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Max Pearson for Knoll swivel office chair, with wonderful original, possibly Alexander Girard, fabric. In addition to being chic, sexy, and stylish, the chair is incredib...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Steel

Kazuhide Takahama Suzanne Sofa by Gavina for Knoll
By Knoll, Kazuhide Takahama
Located in New York, NY
Extra long (98 inch) version of the Classic Suzanne sofa, designed by Kazuhide Takahama made by Gavina for Knoll, circa 1960s. This example has been newly reupholstered in stunning b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Knoll Furniture

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Mohair

Pair of Saarinen for Knoll Executive Chairs for IBM
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Steel, Upholstery

Bertoia for Knoll Stool
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Classic Bertoia design counter stool manufactured by Knoll International, circa 1950s-1960s. This example is in very good original condition, showing only light cosmetic wear, normal...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Rare Pair of Risom for Knoll 666 Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Fabric, Birch

Bertoia Childs Chair for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Classic midcentury child's chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. This example is circa 1960s, it is in good condition, showing only expected cosmetic wear, normal and consistent...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Saarinen for Knoll Pedestal Dining Table
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Nice early Saarinen design for Knoll tulip dining table. This example has the 575 Madison Ave Knoll address, it is in very good original condition, showing only light cosmetic wear, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Bertoia Diamond Chairs
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Bertoia for Knoll diamond chairs. Iconic midcentury design, no damage, welds or repairs. Measure: Seat height 16.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

Classic Knoll Angle Steel Coffee Table
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Knoll design bench coffee table, white laminate top, black angle steel frame. This example retains the original Knoll Park Ave label (1961-1970), small chip to laminate top, o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Furniture

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Steel

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