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Walter Knoll Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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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 Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Walter Knoll
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Danish Armchair, Black Leather and Chromed Steel, model FK 6725 Fabricius/Knoll.
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Walter Knoll
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Superb Scandinavian armchair. Structure with three legs in Chromed Steel, seats and backs in cowhide leather in excellent condition. This piece of furniture comes from the premises o...
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Danish armchair in white leather and chrome steel, model FK 6725 Fabricius/Knoll
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Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian armchair. Structure with three legs in Chromed Steel, seats and backs in cowhide leather in excellent condition. This piece of furniture comes from the premises o...
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Leather Desk Chair by Rudolf Glatzel for Walter Knoll
By Walter Knoll
Located in Ludwigslust, DE
The Knoll office chair in cognac-colored leather is in good condition. The leather of the backrest and the seat and back cushions shows minimal signs of wear on the corners. The leat...
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Set of 4 FK 711 Lounge Chairs by Preben Fabricius/Jørgen Kastholm for W. Knoll
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Walter Knoll
Located in Ludwigslust, DE
This exceptional set of 4 FK 711 lounge chairs, in black leather, is in very good condition. The black leather shows only minimal signs of wear, the stainless steel frames are in per...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Knoll Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Desk Office Armchair Designed by Walter Knoll, 1970s
By Walter Knoll, Rudolf Bernd Glatzel
Located in Antwerp, BE
A beautiful brown leather armchair designed by Rudolf Bernd Glatzel for Walter Knoll, from the Art collection series. Structure made of heavy stainless steel, brushed frame and orig...
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Walter Knoll office chairs and desk chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Knoll office chairs and desk chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Walter Knoll office chairs and desk chairs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original office chairs and desk 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 office chairs and desk chairs by Niels Otto Møller, Arne Vodder, and Rud Rasmussen. Prices for Walter Knoll office chairs and desk chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $655 and can go as high as $8,896, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,994.

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