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Walter Knoll Chairs

German

Inspired by the Bauhaus — founded in 1919 by Walter GropiusWalter Knoll decided to bet big on modernism. He launched his eponymous German furniture maker in 1925, and the company has been going strong ever since.

Most design lovers are familiar with Knoll, the manufacturer of furniture by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other modernist giants. It was founded by Hans Knoll in 1941 and led after his death by his wife, Florence Knoll, the doyenne of postwar American office interiors. In recent years, the company has added collections by Maya Lin, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry and David Adjaye, among others, and encouraged customers to do what some of them had been doing all along: use Knoll’s “office furniture” at home.

Fewer Americans are familiar with Walter Knoll, the company Hans’s father founded in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1925 and later moved to nearby Herrenberg. That company has existed in the shadow of the larger U.S.-based Knoll for decades.

Both companies descended from the German manufacturer of ornate leather goods established by Wilhelm Knoll in 1866. In 1907, Wilhelm’s sons, Willy and Walter, took over the father’s business and started producing leather club chairs. Five years later, the company introduced its Nestra line of stripped-down wood and leather seating, foreshadowing the family’s future innovations.

In 1925, when he was 50, Walter Knoll launched the Walter Knoll Company, which soon released the revolutionary Prodomo line of chairs, whose upholstered seats and backs are supported by tubular metal frames. Other lightweight Walter Knoll pieces were used in the passenger compartment of the Hindenburg zeppelin.

In 1927, Walter Knoll furnished five apartments designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Weissenhof Estate, 21 prototypes of “workers’ housing of the future” constructed as part of an exhibition in Stuttgart. A decade later, Walter’s son Hans, then 24, traveled to the United States to market his father’s furniture and to make a new life for himself in the New World. But inspired by his encounters with Jens Risom — a Danish-born designer who furthered Scandinavian modernism in the United States — Hans broke away from Walter, creating Knoll Associates (now known simply as Knoll). Florence Schust (later to become Hans’s wife) joined him in the company in 1943, and soon they were working with mid-century modern icons such as Saarinen and Bertoia on new designs and licensing Mies’s Barcelona chair.

After the war, with his factories destroyed and labor and materials in short supply, Walter Knoll turned to Hans for help. Hans sent over several pieces from his Vostra line, designed by Risom. Walter replaced the web seats with upholstery and launched his version of the Vostra at the New Living exhibition in Cologne in 1949. It became hugely successful, persuading many Germans still accustomed to traditional furniture to give modernism a go.

Walter Knoll retired in 1964, but his namesake firm continued growing in Germany. Just like the American Knoll, Walter Knoll has found that some customers want to use pieces originally meant as office furniture in their houses. In fact, these pieces give living and dining rooms a crispness that almost no residential furniture can match.

Find vintage Walter Knoll lounge chairs, sofas, tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Walter Knoll
12x FK6725 Bird Tulip Chair Racing Green by Fabricius & Kastholm Knoll 1990s
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Aachen, NW
These fine examples of the FK6725 Bird office chairs were designed by Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius in the early 60s and produced by Walter Knoll in the 1990s. The so called "...
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1990s German Walter Knoll Chairs

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Aluminum

Walter Knoll George Cantilever Stacking Chairs designed by EOOS in Black Leather
By Walter Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a single (chairs are sold individually but multiple chairs are available) ""George"" armchair, designed by EOOS of Vienna and produced by Walter Knoll. In the US, ...
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2010s German Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Walter Knoll “Vostra” Chairs for Knoll, Germany, 1947
By Knoll, Walter Knoll
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A rare pair of “Vostra” chairs designed by Walter Knoll, manufactured by Knoll in Germany around 1947. A highly recognizable chair after Jens Risom...
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1940s German Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Metal

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair for Walter Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom, Walter Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Designed for Knoll circa 1950, this Vintage Jens Risom Vostra Chair is modern and elegant with its curved lines. This chair is in the mid-century mod...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Cotton, Maple

Walter Knoll Turtle Chair in STOCK
By PearsonLloyd, Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
On the outside, the bucket is a success with its clean sweeping vital lines; inside, a second, comfortably upholstered bucket is perfect for relaxing. Turtle is easy to swivel with a...
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2010s European Walter Knoll Chairs

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Fabric

Knoll Sessel 369 for Walter Knoll
By Knoll, Walter Knoll
Located in Belmont, MA
Walter Knoll Sessel 369 for Walter Knoll Underframe of tubular steel, yellowish plush fabric, 1956.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

Materials

Steel

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Walter Knoll, Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Munster, NRW
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll - Easychair Vostra, 1941 Design from 1941 - model of the 50s, beech frame. This Easychair comes from the private property of an art dealer in Cologne,...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Beech

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm "Bird" Armchairs Model-FK672 for Walter Knoll
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in The Hague, NL
Armchairs- office chairs designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Walter Knool International manufacture in 1960s period Denmark. Model no: FK6725 as well as mostly called...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Walter Knoll Deen Leather Chair in STOCK
By Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Deen designed by Eoos for Walter Knoll is a beautiful chair with stainless steel legs.
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2010s German Walter Knoll Chairs

Materials

Leather

Walter Knoll Black Leather Armchairs, Line Jason, Austria, 1997
By Walter Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Four Walter Knoll armchairs line Jason (1997) design by the Austrian studio EOOS, in black grained leather with anodized aluminum structure. The armchairs are in like new- condition...
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1990s Austrian Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Aluminum

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Set of 10 Chairs "Bird" Armchairs Model-FK672
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in The Hague, NL
A set of 11 armchairs- office chairs designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Walter Knool International manufacture in 1960s period, Denmark. Model no: FK6725 as well as mostly called...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Aluminum

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Pair of Two Black Leather Modular Sofa Chairs by Walter Knoll, Germany, 1970s
By Walter Knoll
Located in Praha, CZ
- Germany, around 1970s - Good original condition with patina - Made of leather - marked by manufacturer jr.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Leather

Red Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of vintage Florence Knoll lounge chairs on steel bases. We have these totally refurbished and re-upholstered in red Maharam Messenger fabric. The bases have been polished, and...
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20th Century American Walter Knoll Chairs

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Steel

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H 31.5 in W 28 in D 30 in
FK 6720 Classics of Midcentury Modernism Lounge Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Kill International
Located in Antwerp, BE
To be the classics of midcentury modernism the lounge chair feature in exclusively steel frames with elephant grey leather loose cushions and cord-wrapped armrests. This FK 6720 Lou...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chair
By Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural and graceful iconic lounge chair model 1705 by Warren Platner designed in 1962 for Knoll International. Upholstered in luxurious rust ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Metal

Warren Platner for Knoll Nickel Lounge Chair Reupholstered in Your Fabric
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural modern lounge chair in nickel finish, designed by Warren Platner for Knoll, circa 1980s. Signed with Knoll label. This chair is currently being reupholstered and can be co...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Metal

Fabricius Kastholm FK711 Office Chairs Walter Knoll, Germany, 1971
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Large set of 8 office chairs model FK711 designed by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm and manufactured by Walter Knoll, Germany 1971. These ...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Stainless Steel

George Nakashima Straight Chair for Knoll
By George Nakashima, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by master craftsman George Nakashima for Knoll in 1946, the N19 chair was intended as a mass-produced counterpoint to the Nakashima Studio’s popular “Straight Chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Walnut

Desk ‘Bird’ Chair by Preben Fabricius for Alfred Kill
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Stamford, CT
A Bird chair by Jorgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius for Alfred Kill. This desk chair model has the rarer Casters. Newly recovered in black Sorensen leather.
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Steel

Set of Three Jens Risom for Knoll Webbed Wood Side Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three blueberry nylon webbed chairs with maple frames designed by Jens Risom for Knoll.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Nylon, Wood

FK 6725 Tulip Chairs by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Alfred Kill, 1964
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Alfred Kill International
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Pair of early 1960s production FK 6725 Tulip Chairs by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Alfred Kill International. These chairs have their original cognac leather upholstery with a beautiful patinated vintage look. The condition of these chairs is good and very acceptable considering their age and use, a few minor repairs have been executed to reinforce the leather corners of the armrest on the leather cover. These chairs are for genuine vintage lovers...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Knoll Swivel Club Chairs by Joe D’urso in Velvet
By Knoll, Joe D'Urso
Located in Providence, RI
Set of two chairs manufactured by Knoll and designed by Joe D’Urso. Upholstered in blue velvet. Minor wear to the steel swivel bases. Upholstery is in great condition, completely res...
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Mid-20th Century North American Post-Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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One Vintage Jens Risom for Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
One mid-century modern armless lounge chair designed by Jens Risom for Knoll originally in 1946. This early design has a hard maple frame with new linen upholstery.
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1950s Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Walter Knoll Andoo Leather Chair by EOOS in STOCK
By Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
The soft leather of this chair appeals to those who sit in it, while solid wood ensures stability. The elastically springy back and the pocket spring cores in the seat offer the seat...
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2010s European Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Leather

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm "Bird" Armchair Model-FK672 for Walter Knoll
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in The Hague, NL
Armchair designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Walter Knoll International manufacture in 1960s period Denmark. Model no: FK6725 as well as mostly called "Bird" or "Tulip" chairs because of their high arm...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Aluminum

FK6725 Tulip Lounge Chair Pair by Preben Fabricius&Jørgen Kastholm for W.Knoll
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Ludwigslust, DE
The set of 2 FK6725 lounge chair with high backrest comes in the leather tone dark chocolate and is in very good condition. The chair's beautiful nappa leather is flawless and soft e...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Vintage 1970s Walter Knoll for Brayton International Leather and Chrome Chaise
By Walter Knoll, Brayton International
Located in San Antonio, TX
Designed by Walter Knoll for Brayton International, this chaise lounge chair is in overall good condition. Original leather. Chrome base, circa 1970s, USA. Dimensions: 60.5" D x 23.5...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Chrome

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Set of 11 Chairs "Bird" Armchairs Model-FK672
By Walter Knoll, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in The Hague, NL
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Set of Six Walter Knoll Leather and Tubular Steel Cantilever Chairs
By Walter Knoll, EOOS
Located in Madrid, ES
EOOS for Walter Knoll cantilever chairs from circa 1990s. Frame made of chrome-plated steel. Seat, back rest and arm rests upholstered with bro...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Metal

1970s German Pair of Walter Knoll Drift Chairs in White Leather
By Walter Knoll
Located in Aspen, CO
1970s German pair of Walter knoll drift chairs in white leather with swivel mechanism.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Walter Knoll Leather Lounge Chair
By Walter Knoll, Wilhelm Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walter Knoll thick leather lounge chair with nice heavy patina. In Original condition with visible signs of wear. Wear is consistent with its age and use. Matching sofa also availabl...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Chairs

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Leather

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H 28 in W 37 in D 33 in
Walter Knoll Leather Andoo Armchair
By Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
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2010s European Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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H 35.04 in W 28.35 in D 35.83 in
Set of Two Leather Walter Knoll Bob Lounge Chairs
By Walter Knoll, Pearson Lloyd
Located in New York, NY
There are no right angles in nature. Maybe that’s why this wraparound shell instinctively looks so appealing and so modern again in this techie world of ours. Bob the bucket seat str...
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Early 2000s German Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Set of FourWalter Knoll Andoo Chairs in Leather with Walnut Legs
By Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
(4) Andoo armchairs Model# 1104-N walnut leg (96w) Uph: Torro 1287 Stone leather Measures: Back height 32” $8,904 The Andoo family is all about elegant proportions, materials ...
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2010s European Modern Walter Knoll Chairs

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Set of Four Grey Leather Cantilever Armchairs
By Walter Knoll
Located in New York, NY
George Armchairs Leather covered armrests & fixed seat cushion Model# 1567 Grey leather Cantilever base Original Price: $2,751.00 ea.
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H 34.26 in W 24.41 in D 22.45 in

Walter Knoll chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Knoll chairs 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 Walter Knoll chairs, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Walter Knoll were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Poul Volther, Kai Lyngfeldt Larsen, and Alexander Begge. Prices for Walter Knoll chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $295 and can go as high as $16,173, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,779.

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