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Warren Platner

American, 1919-2006

Though vintage Warren Platner chairs, sofas and interiors are icons of mid-century modernism, the architect and furniture designer took his stylistic inspiration from as far back as 18th-century France, once saying about his seminal collection for Knoll that his design intent was to evoke “the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV.”

Indeed, the marriage of modern sensibility and classical grace is a marker of Platner’s style across furnishings and interiors — both genres in which he left an enduring legacy.

Born in 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland, Platner studied architecture at Cornell before cutting his teeth working for design icons like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, eventually serving as head of interior design in the latter’s office. In 1965, Platner opened his own office, in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he continued to hone his particular brand of graceful modernism.

Knoll released the Platner Collection of seating and tables in 1966. (Originally designed in 1962, the suite took nearly four years of development to bring to life.)

The decorative bent-metal-and-glass pieces — an armchair, a dining table and more — make certain nods to the trademarks of his former employers, but also to the shapes of historic European furniture. The sculptural elegance of his line recalls Saarinen’s iconic Tulip collection, which includes armchairs and dining tables, while his materiality aligns with Roche’s cutting-edge use of glass and metal for the headquarters of the Ford Foundation in New York.

Many of Platner’s Knoll pieces would go on to find homes in a certain fabled locale: the Windows on the World restaurant at the original World Trade Center, whose interiors Platner was tapped to outfit in the mid-1970s. Upon the opening of the restaurant in 1976, New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger dubbed its style “sensuous modernism” — an apt tagline for Platner’s oeuvre as a whole.

Platner died in 2006 at the age of 86. His furniture is still produced by Knoll, and original examples — along with idiosyncratic custom works he created for interior design clients — are coveted by collectors today.

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Warren Platner Lounge Chairs in Sapphire Velvet, A Pair
By Warren Platner
Located in Culver City, CA
Available right now we have 2 pairs of Warren Platner Lounge Chairs. Priced per pair these chairs are a sublime fusion of opulence and iconic design that are timelessly chic. Crafted to perfection, these lounge chairs are not merely pieces of furniture; they are functional pieces or art. Enveloped in a sumptuous deep sapphire velvet, these lounge chairs redefine comfort and style. The allure of the plush upholstery beckons you to sink into a world of indulgence, with the rich velvety texture against your skin, a tactile symphony that will elevate your relaxation to an art form. Warren Platner was a luminary in the world of modern design, Platner's career was marked by a relentless pursuit of innovation and elegance. Trained as an architect, he seamlessly transitioned into the realm of furniture design, leaving an indelible mark with his distinctive creations. Platner's ingenuity was particularly evident in his collaboration with Knoll, a legendary name in the world of modern furniture. Founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll and later joined by his wife Florence Knoll, the company became synonymous with cutting-edge design and a commitment to quality craftsmanship. Knoll became a trailblazer, collaborating with visionaries like Warren Platner to create pieces that would go on to define an era. The Platner Lounge Chairs, with their unique design and quality materials, stand as a testament to the enduring legacy of both Warren Platner and Knoll. These chairs aren't just pieces of furniture; they are collectors' items, highly sought after by those who appreciate the intersection of art and functionality. In a world where trends come and go, the Platner Lounge Chairs stand the test of time. They aren't just a place to sit; they are an experience, a visual and tactile journey into the lap of luxury. Owning these chairs isn't just a choice; it's an affirmation of a lifestyle that values the finer things – where comfort meets design, and every piece of furniture is a statement. These chairs would look incredible in any mid century modern, contemporary or modern environment. We currently have these chairs in our gallery alongside other iconic pieces, and Arne Jacobsen egg chair, and Eero Saarinen dining set...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner

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Warren Platner Coffee Table for Knoll in Nickel with Glass Top
By Warren Platner
Located in Chicago, IL
Warren Platner coffee table for Knoll. Nickel finish, glass top. 36" glass top x 15.25"H Base constructed of vertical steel rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner

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Set of 2 Warren Platner Lounge Chairs for Knoll International, blue upholstery
By Warren Platner
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Warren Platner Lounge Chairs for Knoll International. Blue upholstery, nickel frame. Earlier editions. The Platner Collection (1966) reflects his belief that there’s room i...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner

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Warren Platner Easy Chair and Ottoman in Scalamandre Pink Tigre Fabric
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Saint Louis, US
This original vintage Platner chair and ottoman is a sight for sore eyes. Our vision was to make this chair enticing and of course, visually ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner

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53" Knoll Platner Dining Table and Chairs
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Pasadena, TX
Knoll platner dining table and chairs In 1966, the Platner Collection captured the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that were b...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner

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Set of Reupholstered Vintage Warren Platner Easy Chair and Ottoman
By Warren Platner
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of Reupholstered Vintage Warren Platner Easy Chair and Ottoman Stunning set of a Platner Easy Chair (Model 1705; aka Easy Lou...
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Warren Platner Easy Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Original Cado Red Fabric/ 1970
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Warren Platner Lounge chair and ottoman in it's Original Cado Red Fabric! Upholstery was removed from frame and all new foam was installed, Fabric is in great shape, with slight wear...
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Mid-Century Modernist Bent & Polished Nickel Side Table by Warren Platner
By Warren Platner
Located in New York, NY
This Bent and Polished Nickel side Table designed by Warren Platner originates from the United States, Circa 1970. Featuring an hourglass form in a series of parallel nickel cylinder...
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Warren Platner furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Warren Platner furniture 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 Warren Platner furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 150 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 3 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Warren Platner were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Selig, Ward Bennett, and Ficks Reed. Prices for Warren Platner furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,250 and can go as high as $36,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,475.

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