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Knoll Chaise Longues

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 operates under the name MillerKnoll.

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

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Chaise Longue Model 242 by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, 1980's
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
The adjustable Model 242 MR Chaise Lounge was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927. This particular example was produced in 1980 by Knoll International in the USA. The chaise features a high quality white leather channel-upholstered cushion that rests atop a tubular steel frame. The cushion is attached to the frame with leather strips which wrap around the belting support straps and are secured with snap buttons. The seamless stainless steel tubular frame is bright and has no damage. The white leather has developed a nice patina. Overall, this chaise is in good condition with light wear. Please see photos. This Chaise Longue was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1927 as part of his contribution to the Weissenhof exhibit in Stuttgart, Germany. The MR Collection represents some of his earliest steel furniture designs. Made of tubular chromed steel and leather, this iconic piece was edited by Knoll International in the 70s. 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. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office. The Bauhaus Master Marcel Breuer influenced Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's use of tubular steel. This was apparent in his design of the MR Adjustable...
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1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Steel, Chrome

Marcel Breuer Isokon Chaise Long for Knoll 1970s
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Argelato, BO
One of the most iconic and elegant chaise longues in the history of design, conceived in the 1930s by the great architect and designer Marcel Breuer for the newly founded English com...
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1970s German Bauhaus Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Fabric, Plywood

Rare Indoor Wire Upholstered Chaise Lounge by Richard Schultz for Knoll
By Knoll
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A white plastic coated wire chaise lounge with adjustable backrest and orange Knoll fabric two piece cushion . This rare chaise was produced for in door use since unlike the outdoor ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Chaise Longues

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Wire

1980 Knoll Mies van der Rohe Model 242 MR Adjustable Lounge Chair in Leather
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Model 242 MR adjustable Chaise Lounge, originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927. This particular example was produ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Stainless Steel

Chaise Longue by Richard Schultz for Knoll International, United States, 1960s
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modernism; Knoll International; Minimalist Design; Florence Knoll; 1966; Richard Schultz; Florida; United States; Outdoor Furniture; Chaises longues by Richard Schultz from his 1966...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Steel

Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic Mies van der Rohe daybed manufactured by Knoll in walnut and red leather. Designed in 1930 by the renowned architect. Signed and in excellent vintage condition.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Steel

Brown Leather Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iconic original brown leather patchwork daybed designed by Mies van der Rohe, produced by Knoll in the 1960s. Beautiful patina and very good quality l...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Chrome, Metal

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 'Barcelona Couch' by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International and is considered an 'early original production collectors example' as it is from Knoll's earlier years of producing this design in the 1960s and 1970s before they changed to different manufacturing processes during the 1980s. This example is signed with a Knoll International label that has the 320 Park Ave address and is dated on the back of the label July 9, 1975. To determine the estimated production year we note that the date most likely corresponds to the retailer or possibly the Knoll sold/ ship date. The address of 320 Park Ave changed to Fifth Ave in 1970 and Knoll Associates did not become Knoll International until 1968. Therefore we would pinpoint the production year to be between 1968 and 1970. It is possible that it was slightly after 1970 that this example was produced as it is believed that Knoll continued to use labels with the older 320 Park Ave for several months to a couple years after changing addresses, however generally speaking 1970s examples will be labelled with their Fifth Ave address. All construction details also indicate a 1st-Generation 'original' production by Knoll as their production did not change throughout the Knoll Associates years and through the first half of the Knoll International years. This rare original 1st-Generation 'Barcelona Daybed' features its original brown leather upholstery with subtle patina and wear throughout. These traces of age and use bring more vibrancy to the leather, giving this piece an on-trend lightly distressed look. The original bolster pillow in matching brown leather is secured to the cushion and platform via straps and lock snaps. The platform is crafted from stained Mahogany and supported by polished tubular stainless steel legs and the original leather straps are all in-tact. Both the cushion is labelled and the platform frame as well with a partial Knoll International sticker label as can be seen in the photo gallery. Considered to be the epitome of modern design, Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich originally designed the Barcelona chair in 1929 to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain in the German Pavilion. This was Germany's entry for the International Exhibition, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in 1930 the Barcelona daybed (also referred to as the Barcelona Couch) emanates this seminal design, paralleling the same simplicity and elegance of the iconic Barcelona chair. This Barcelona couch by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International is ideal for a living room, family room, study, den or lounge. It would also be an Apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a retail boutique...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Stainless Steel

Vintage "Womb" Bouclé Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wonderful vintage “womb” bouclé chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the United States, early 1940s. This chair has a modern design and could be considered even a...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Chrome

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Mr Adjustable Chaise, Knoll, 1980
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Chicago, IL
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe MR adjustable chaise, Knoll 1980. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coral pink velvet cushions with leather strapping. Adjustable MR loun...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Chrome

Longitude Chaise Lounge by Maya Lin for Knoll
By Maya Lin, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Longitude chaise lounge designed by Maya Lin for Knoll. This chaise is the from the Earth is (not) flat series for Knoll International, 1998. Original...
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1990s American Modern Knoll Chaise Longues

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Metal

Rocking Chaise by Richard Meier for Knoll, 1982. Black Leather. Rare. Signed.
By Richard Meier, Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Richard Meier Rocking Chaise manufactured by Knoll, 1982. Designed to lay either direction and wide enough for two people. The original black leather was in hardly used condition, ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Knoll Chaise Longues

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Leather, Birch

Maya Lin Longitude Chaise for Knoll
By Maya Lin, Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
This work is from the Earth is (not) Flat series, Maya Lin's first venture in production furniture design. Knoll International, 1998. Upholstered cushion with a leather head rest.
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Late 20th Century American Knoll Chaise Longues

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Aluminum

Richard Meier for Knoll Rocking Chaise Lounge
By Knoll, Richard Meier
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rare Richard Meier rocking chaise lounge for Knoll, circa 1982. Signed and in very good original condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Chaise Longues

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Leather

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Knoll chaise longues for sale on 1stDibs.

Knoll chaise longues are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Knoll chaise longues, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chaise longues by Knoll were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chaise longues by Brown Jordan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Milo Baughman. Prices for Knoll chaise longues can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,550 and can go as high as $36,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,800.
Questions About Knoll Chaise Longues
  • 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
    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
    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
    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 15, 2024
    The history of the Knoll sofa began in 1954. The sofa was made during American designer and entrepreneur Florence Knoll’s direction of the Knoll Planning Unit, the company's pioneering "design consultant service" that would define the look of the postwar workplace. The versatile Florence Knoll sofa, with its angular silhouette and tasteful mix of textures, could as easily fit into the glass lobby of a skyscraper as the living room of a home. That same year, Florence Knoll also introduced a companion lounge chair that coordinated with the sofa. Knoll, Inc. continues to produce the Florence Knoll sofa over half a century after it was introduced, and vintage models are still prized for their sturdy construction and timeless qualities. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Florence Knoll sofas.
  • 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
    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
    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 ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    What Florence Knoll called the Womb chair after it was created is unknown. However, its creator Eero Saarinen stated that Knoll inspired him to make the piece by asking him to design the most comfortable chair ever, saying specifically that she wanted something that felt like "a basket full of pillows." Presented with the challenge, Saarinen went primal. What, the designer figured, better signifies the very essence of comfort than the womb? "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb,” the designer said of his chair. Find a selection of vintage Womb chairs 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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