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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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Creator: Knoll
Vintage Florence Knoll Stained Oak Partners Executive Desk Fully Restored
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Stunning! Restored vintage stained oak (rosewood tone) Executive Desk designed by architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll in the United States, circa late 1960s. This iconic ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Warren Platner for Knoll Desk in Cherry Wood and Black Leather
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, desk/ writing table, cherry wood, steel, black leather, United States, 1970s. This writing table with two drawers and a extendable panel was designed by...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Franco Albini Glass & Metal Writing Desk for Knoll International, 1949
By Knoll, Franco Albini
Located in The Hague, NL
Rare and early age writing desk designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Knoll International. This desk was designed in 1949 and produced for many years by Knoll International. ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Warren Platner Writing Desk with Black Leather Top and Oak Frame
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, writing desk, leather, metal, oak, United States, 1973. This heavy, sturdy desk is designed by the American modernist Warren Platner. He is most known fo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Oval Marble Dining Table or Desk by Florence Knoll for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An elegant executive table designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. It features a beautiful high gloss Nero Marquina black marble top and a chrome-plated star base. This was...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Vintage Knoll Dining Table by Joe D'urso in Rojo Alicante Marble
By Knoll, Joe D'Urso
Located in West Reading, PA
Rare Spanish Rojo Alicante marble dining table by Knoll. Great as a dining table, a desk or a conference table. Rojo Alicante is a classic red marble from the Iberic Peninsula ...
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1980s Spanish Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Franco Albini Writing Desk Knoll International, 1949
By Franco Albini, Knoll
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and early writing desk model 1928 designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Knoll International. This desk was designed in 1949 and produced for many years by Knoll internat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

1960s Writing Desk Warren Platner for Knoll Luxurious Walnut & Chrome
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in National City, CA
Desk 1960s Modern Desk designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. Chrome plated legs in a cantilever design. Luxurious Walnut Wood with black faux leather top. Sculptural pullout drawers...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Early production Florence Knoll Desk, Classic Modernist design, Knoll New York
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early production walnut and rosewood desk designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll ,features richly grained walnut top rosewood frame, pencil drawer and file drawer. Retains early Knoll ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Desk by Warren Platner for Knoll 1970s
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Lasne, BE
Desk with leather and wood shelf, metal legs. It has a leather storage box with two drawers. Wear and tear due to time and age of the desk.  
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Table "Urn" by Robert Venturi, Knoll International, USA, 1984
By Knoll, Roberto Ventura
Located in Berlin, DE
Table "Urn" by Robert Venturi, Knoll International, USA, 1984.´ made of laminate over plywood with chrome-plated steel elements, urn shaped sculptural structure. This rare and s...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Table Desk
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Florence Knoll in the 1960's, this simple dining table has a steel chrome plated base and gorgeous marble table top. The tabletop features a white marble with light gray ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Steel, Chrome

Modernist Cini Boeri for Knoll International Dining Table Desk
By Cini Boeri, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous round 59 inch diameter glass top table which sits cantilevered on a stainless steel base. Internally locked on and with 5 heavy duty weights to counter balance the table. St...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Classic Midcentury Walnut and Chrome Florence Knoll Desk Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic midcentury walnut and chrome Florence Knoll desk features richly grained walnut top chromed steel frame, pencil drawer and file drawer. Retains early Knoll label.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Richard Schultz for Knoll Mid Century Rosewood and Chrome Executive Desk
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Countryside, IL
Richard Schultz for Knoll Mid Century Rosewood and Chrome Executive Desk This desk measures: 72 wide x 32 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Warren Platner Executive Desk with Black Leather Top
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner, leather, steel, executive sideboard for Knoll, United States, 1973. This heavy, sturdy desk is designed by the American modernist Warren Platner. He is most known ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Vintage Cini Boeri for Knoll Lunario Cantilevered Table/Desk
By Knoll, Cini Boeri
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern desk features a polished stainless steel base with a 1/2 inch thick cantilever glass top. By Cini Boeri for Knoll International. The oval glass top ha...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Desk with Drawers, Design Franco Albini for Knoll International, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini, Knoll
Located in Torino, IT
Desk with drawers, design Franco Albini for Knoll Origin Italy Period 1950s Designer Franco ALBINI (1905 - 1977) was an Italian architect, urban planner, designer and ac...
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1950s Italian Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Franco Albini for Knoll Desk Model '1928' in Glass and Metal
By Knoll, Franco Albini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Franco Albini for Knoll, desk model '1928', glass, wood, chromed steel, Italy, design 1949 Franco Albini’s '1928' desk combines glass, steel and wood which results in a minimalist...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Vincent Cafiero Desk Chair for Knoll International
By Vincent Cafiero, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Vincent Cafiero Desk Chair for Knoll International, Reupholstered with Spinneybeck leather, tufted buttoned squares with swivel adjustable height bronze metal base. [Original to the...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

1970s Executive Office Desk by Warren Platner for Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An inset leather top executive desk over cantilevered chrome plate steel legs with accompanying six (6) door leather wall mounted storage unit. ( 105" W 14.5" D 38" H' )  
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Round Dining Table or Desk by Florence Knoll for Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Classic Minimalist design from Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll in the 1990s. The table features a chrome-plated solid steel base with a white laminate circular top. Manufactur...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Early Vintage Florence Knoll Dining Table or Desk
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Early vintage Florence Knoll dining table. Model 301 Literature: Knoll Furniture 1938-1960, Rouland and Rouland, pg 105 Comes with 1 (18") leaf. Measures: 60" wide without le...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Restored Large Florence Knoll Oak Dining Table
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Florence Knoll for Knoll International round dining table with oak top and stainless steel legs. This table has been restored and is in excellent condition.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Knoll Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll Oval Oak Dining Table or Desk
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Florence Knoll in 1961 to replace the traditional imposing office desks, the Table Desk combines a sleek silhouette with perfect proportions to create a simple...
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Knoll desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has knock desks and writing tables available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Knoll desks and writing tables to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 17 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Knoll's original desks and writing tables were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Florence Knoll, Edward Wormley and Milo Baughman if you are looking for additional options. Knoll desks and writing tables can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,800 and tops out at $27,500, while pieces like these can sell for $6,475.

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