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Knoll Benches

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Mid-century modern design in America wouldn’t look the way it does without Knoll. The company’s acclaimed seatinglounge chairs, armchairs, office chairs and other furnishings created by a who’s who of designers and by Knoll’s pioneering cofounder, Florence Knoll (1917–2019) — helped define high-rise corporate culture and was rapidly adopted for use in living rooms, where it endures as a timeless favorite all over the world.

“Many of the designs that he had at that time were ones that I did not approve of,” Florence Knoll once recalled of her German-born husband, Hans Knoll (1914–55), the son of German modernist furniture manufacturer Walter Knoll. A native of Michigan, Florence already had a world-class immersion in design when she met Hans. Orphaned at age 12, she was enrolled at Kingswood School, part of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which became the go-to school for legends of mid-century design. Florence became very close with Cranbrook head Eliel Saarinen, his wife and their son, Eero. She later studied with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and worked for Marcel Breuer and Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius. When Florence married Hans in 1946, he had been at work since 1938 on his own eponymous furniture line in New York City.

With Florence’s design acumen, the Knolls turned the company into a powerhouse of modernist design. The Knoll Planning Unit, created by Florence in the mid-1940s, designed office spaces for the likes of GM and CBS, helping to define the postwar corporate aesthetic. The department’s small team designed furniture with practicality, efficiency and sleekness in mind, attributes that clearly define furnishings such as Eero Saarinen’s sculptural Executive chair, which was introduced in 1948 as the Model 72 and used for the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. (The armed version, which followed in 1950, was also specified for the campus, an architectural project of Saarinen’s.) This seating, as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients, soon became desirable for apartments and houses.

Knoll collaborated with an all-star cast of designers, including Saarinen, whose Womb chair arose from Florence’s request for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows.” The catalogue includes some of the century’s most recognizable forms: Saarinen’s Tulip chairs, Harry Bertoia’s wire-lattice Diamond chair, the Cyclone table by artist Isamu Noguchi and pieces by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Jens Risom, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who granted Knoll exclusive permission to produce his designs. The manufacturer continues to produce the only authorized version of the elegant and oft-copied Barcelona chair, which Mies created in collaboration with designer Lilly Reich, his creative and romantic partner.

By 1950 — when production for Knoll was moved to East Greenville, Pennsylvania — more than one third of the designs in the company’s portfolio were Florence’s own. She thought of her furniture as “meat and potatoes,” mere practicality. “People ask me if I am a furniture designer,” she once said. “I am not. . . . I designed the fill-in pieces that no one else was doing.” But decades later, her own designs, like the Florence Knoll sofa, with its clean architectural lines, and her Bauhaus-inspired Lounge chair, are icons in their own right.

In 2021, Knoll was acquired by Herman Miller, another legendary American furniture manufacturer that turned a number of designers into mid-century household names. The combined company intends to operate under the name MillerKnoll.

Find a collection of vintage Knoll dining chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Knoll
Kazuhide Takahama "Suzanne" Sofa for Knoll
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Kazuhide Takahama, Mario Bellini, Gavina, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Knoll Suzanne sofa designed in 1965 by Kazuhide Takahama for Gavina Italy : Knoll. This sofa is the rare 8 ft long version which is unavailable from Knoll. Kuramatas Suzanne sofa is ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Custom Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll Bench USA 2017 leather, steel Measures: 48 W x 19.5 D x 16.75 H inches. Custom sized Florence Knoll bench in a custom flat steel finish with leather upholster...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

Knoll Bertoia Bench
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Minimal & clean lined, the Bertoia bench is a staple piece for every mid-century collection. Oak slatted bench with black steel legs. Designed for Knoll in 1952. Incredibly timeless,...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

Rare Midcentury Ottoman or Stool for Knoll
By Vincent Cafiero, Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this wonderful and seldom seen ottoman, bench or stool by Vincent Cafiero for knoll. Featuring a tufted seat in newly recovered Spinneybeck leather. Having ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Sofa Daybed 's'
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage Barcelona Couch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from prominent Houston estate. Pristine vintage condition. Daybed is upholstered using a single Spinneybeck cowhide and support...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Florence Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A vintage Florence Knoll bench purchased out of a local Palm Springs estate. It had been nicely reupholstered and we liked the fabric and left it. The bench is in good age appropriat...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair of Early Harry Bertoia Wooden Benches for Knoll International, circa 1960
By De Coene, Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Ghent, BE
A great pair of early Harry Bertoia designed wood slat benches for Knoll International, made in Belgium by De Coene under license of Knoll International. The wood slats been refinish...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Slat Bench Model 400
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Brussels , BE
Harry Bertoia for Knoll slat bench Model 400.
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Late 20th Century European Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

All Original Florence Knoll Bench, Knoll Associates Inc.
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
All original Florence Knoll bench measuring 80" wide, 20" deep and 17.5" high. The bench has 2 labels as pictured. Early label Knoll Associates, Inc. Madison Ave, NY. There's a sl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

Beautiful Midcentury Slat Bench by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1950s
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist ashwood slat bench with an iron base from the 1950s. Designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Restored, in very good condition. The bench also makes a great coffee ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Iron

Clean Lined Walnut and Iron Coffee Table or Bench by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined "T Angle" model walnut and iron mid century coffee table or bench, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll, American, circa 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Iron

Bruce Hannah and Andrew Morrison for Knoll Sling Settee Sofa Design, 1970s
By Bruce Hannah & Andrew Morrison, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Iconic Knoll sling bench designed by Hannah Morrison, black coated aluminum frame with grey wool upholstery. Some small marks on the frame but in otherwise great condition for its a...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Slat Bench Model 400
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Vienna, AT
Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Slat bench model 400. Early version of this bench with white lacquered wooden slats. It's in good condition with some wear to the lacquered slats.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Architectural Table Bench in Walnut for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Large early production Florence Knoll angle iron and walnut table or bench with segmented walnut top from the 'T-Angle' Series. This is a very substantial piece and would easily supp...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

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Knoll "Andre" Soapstone Table Afra Tobia Scarpa Gavina
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Located in San Diego, CA
Extraordinary Soapstone "Andre" Knoll table designed by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina in 1969. Designed in 1969 by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina, the "Andre" dining table was part of the Bastian...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

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De Sede DS600 Non Stop Snake Modulaar Sectional Sofa
By Mario Bellini, De Sede, Eleanora Peduzzi-Riva, Heinz Ulrich, and Ueli Berger
Located in San Diego, CA
De Sede most iconic design "NON STOP" sofa, model DS600. Designed by Ueli Berger, Elenora Peduzzi Riva, Heinz Ulrich and Klaus Vogt for De Sede, Switzerland in the 1972. We are h...
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American Mid-Century Modern Bench Table
By Knoll, Steelcase
Located in San Diego, CA
American Mid-Century Modern bench in great condition, solid walnut center with original back Naugahyde, circa 1970's sitting on square piping chrome base great clean condition we pol...
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Pair of Florence Knoll Slipper Chairs for Knoll with Chrome Base
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of Florence Knoll-designed armless chairs can be put together to make a love seat, circa 1980's original fabric in a light grey color, good condition with some normal wear ...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

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Charles Pfister for Knoll Vistosi Glass Bowl
By Charles Pfister, Vistosi, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Charles Pfister for Knoll glass bowl. A simple form that is emblematic of his simple and elegant aesthetic. Pfister designed a range of clear glass bowls that were made by Vistosi in...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Glass

Angelo Mangiarotti Marble Vessel Bowl for Knoll
By Knoll, Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning marble bowl or vessel by Angelo Mangiarotti for Knoll.  
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20th Century European Post-Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Marble

Sling Lounge Chair by Hannah & Morrison for Knoll International
By Bruce Hannah & Andrew Morrison, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Handsome sling lounge chair designed by Hannah & Morrison for Knoll International, Inc., circa 1980. The chair was designed by the collaboration of Pratt Institute alumnus Bruce Hann...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Aluminum

Eileen Gray Original Monte Carlo Sofa Chaise in Italian Mohair
By Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand Cassina, Marcel Breuer
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible Eileen Gray Monte Carlo sofa designed in 1929, this piece is one of a kind as it has been upholstered in a beautiful short Italian Mohair. Sofa has signature and serial nu...
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20th Century French Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Low Profile Bench / Coffee Table in Rosewood by Torbjørn Afdal for Bruksbo
By Bruksbo, Torbjørn Afdal
Located in San Diego, CA
A absolutley gorgeous low profile bench / coffee table in rosewood by Torbjørn Afdal for Bruksbo, circa 1960s. The piece is in very good vintage condition and measures 59.5"W x 14.5"...
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Late 20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Rosewood

Rare Set of 4 Twisted Lucite Legs for Bench/Coffee Table by Grosfeld House
By Grosfeld House
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare set of 4 solid twisted lucite legs by Grosfeld House 3/4" thick legs can be used for a coffee table or to make a bench each leg has 2 holes that attached to a wood frame these...
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20th Century American Art Deco Knoll Benches

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Lucite

Krefeld Lounge Chair Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Great design on this arm chair in original ultrasuede fabric nice condition some light wear nice and comfy.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Ultrasuede

Set of Four Armchairs by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Memphis Era
By Ettore Sottsass, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice set of four Mandarin chairs designed by Sottsass for Knoll, in red fabric on foam black enameled tubular legs and silver pipping arms, simple and elegant by this master architect.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

Previously Available Items
Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Slat Bench Model 400
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Vienna, AT
Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Slat bench model 400. Early version of this bench with white lacquered wooden slats. It's in good condition with some wear to the lacquered slats.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Harry Bertoia for Knoll International '400R' Coffee Table or Bench
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Harry Bertoia for Knoll International, coffee table or bench '400R', beech, metal, United States, 1950s Early bench designed by Harry Bertoia, manufactured by Knoll International. A...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

Harry Bertoia Slat Bench for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Harry Bertoia for Knoll, slat bench, beech and metal, United States, 1950s. Simplistic early slat bench designed by Harry Bertoia, manufactured by Knoll, USA 1950s. The slats are ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

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Metal

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H 14.57 in. W 72.05 in. D 18.51 in.
Modern Oak and Steel Knoll Slated Bench Attributed to Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
Knoll Mid-Century Modern oak and steel slated bench / coffee table attributed to Harry Bertia.
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1960s North American Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Oak

Bench by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International Vintage, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Milano, IT
Harry Bertoia midcentury wood and metal Italian bench for Knoll, 1960s. A bench designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International, structure made with metal rods, seat made with s...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

Harry Bertoia Stained Wood Bench by Knoll International, Germany, circa 1960
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Harry Bertoia stained wood bench by Knoll International, Germany, circa 1960.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Metal

Early Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll Iron and Oak Rectangular Slat Bench
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Early modern oak slatted bench with an iron frame designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Could also be used as a coffee table.  
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1950s American Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Materials

Iron

Slated Ash Bench by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Dorchester, MA
Originally designed in 1952, this early 1960s version of Harry Bertoia’s slatted bench features strips of patinaed solid ash resting on a welded steel rod base fused with a durable w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Steel

Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe in White Leather
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
The iconic Barcelona daybed designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and made by Knoll. Daybed is upholstered in a luxe creamy white leather. Leather is in overall good condition. Chrome...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Materials

Leather

Clean Lined Modern Grey Velvet and Chrome Knoll Bench
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant Florence Knoll modern bench freshly upholstered in a luxe grey velvet. A clean lined chrome base finishes the piece.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

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Steel, Chrome

Slat Bench by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Hudson, NY
Solid ash slat top on two white painted metal Y-leg bases. Made by Knoll International.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Benches

Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed in 1930 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Barcelona daybed remains an icon of modern design. It is constructed of a sapele mahogany frame on stainless steel legs with cowhide...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Benches

Knoll benches for sale on 1stDibs

Knoll benches are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Knoll benches, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 18 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original benches by Knoll were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider benches by Harvey Probber, Herman Miller and Paul McCobb. Prices for knock benches can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $2,400 and tops out at $14,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,675.

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