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Warren Platner Furniture

American, 1919-2006

Though his vintage furniture and interiors are icons of mid-century modernism, architect and furniture designer Warren Platner 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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Creator: Warren Platner
Warren Platner Side Tables for Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Houston, TX
Warren platner pair of side or occasional tables Knoll International USA, 1960s Oak, bronzed steel Measures: 18.5 height × 24 diameter inches.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Vintage 60s Architects Coral Reef Stone+Nickel Coffee Table Sarasota Minimalism
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Some light age and oxidation to the nickel base. Unvarnished white coral stone top, extremely heavy, with classic knoll knife edge (underside bevel.) No tag, but from very old and h...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Coral, Steel, Nickel

Mid-Century American Desk
By Warren Platner
Located in Houston, TX
Desk is made out of palisander wood. Table top is reupholstered with brown cowhide. There is wide drawer for files on the left side and smaller drawer on the right. Desk is elevated ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Chrome Warren Planter Knoll Tables with Custom Travertine Marble Tops
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Ferndale, MI
Fine pair of Warren Planter designed wire side tables. Produced by Knoll international since 1966. Welded steel rod undulating inwards from the top out again to the base form both st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Travertine, Chrome

Gray Velvet Lounge Chair by Warren Platner for Knoll International
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Originally designed by Warren Platner in 1966 for Knoll International, this design icon consists of steel rods curved and welded to a circular frame. The lounge chair is relativel...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

1970 Warren Platner, Large Armchair Model "1705", Ed. Knoll
By Warren Platner
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Designed by the American architect and designer Warren Platner, platner easy chair is part of the Platner collection for Knoll. Its structure is constructed of vertically and horizon...
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1970s American Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

1974 Knoll Warren Platner Sensational Off-White Easy Lounge Chair Pair
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in National City, CA
Lounge chairs 1970s Pair of Warren Platner easy lounge chairs for Knoll. Metal design fabric with fresh new upholstery Original label present 1974 39.5 tall x 41 w x 36 d Seat 19...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Platner Marble and Brass Coffee Table
By Warren Platner
Located in Chicago, IL
Platner custom coffee table marble top with scalloped corners, brass base, swivels as shown. Provenance: Friedman residence , Greenwich, CT. 1989.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Armchair Designed by Warren Platner, U.S.a., Knoll International, 1966, Wonderf
By Warren Platner
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Armchair designed by Warren Platner. U.S.A., Knoll International, 1966. Wonderful vintage chair in polished nickel, upholstered in dark chocolate velvet. A perfect chair dating fr...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Velvet

Vintage Modern Pair of Knoll Warren Platner Chairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of beautiful mid-century modern wired steel chairs. The frame features wire rods that are perfectly bent to create the structure of a beautifully sculpted chair. A seat cushion...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Side Table by Warren Platner for Knoll International
By Warren Platner
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Side-table designed by Warren Platner. U.S.A., Knoll International, 1966. Side-table with welded steel rods on the circular frame with round glass top insert. An iconic piece, tab...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Original Vintage Chrome Warren Platner for Knoll Dining Table + 4 Armchairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in East Hampton, NY
This exceptional vintage chrome Warren Platner for Knoll dining set has been expertly reupholstered in a creamy Pierre Frey Paris Bouclé fabric. Wonderful lightly used condition with...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Chrome

Dining Chairs Set of 4
By Warren Platner
Located in London, GB
American architect and interior designer Warren Platner was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1919. Platner attended Cornell University, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1941...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Executive Desk with Black Leather Top
By Knoll, Warren Platner
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 Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Chrome Coffee Table
By Warren Platner
Located in Norwalk, CT
Warren Platner chrome coffee table. Glass top, steel rod base with glass top.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Chrome

Early Side Tables Designed by Warren Platner for Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Side tables designed by Warren Platner for Knoll, 20th Century. Tables are early production and in very good original condition with the original bevel glass tops.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner for Knoll Mid Century Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Countryside, IL
Warren Platner for Knoll mid century dining chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 27.25 wide x 19 deep x 29.25 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches and an arm height/chair cle...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Plater for Knoll Coffee Cocktail Table Chrome Glass Mid-Century Classic
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A superb contemporary example of the fabulous Platner for Knoll classic & iconic cocktail table, in chromed steel with the original beveled glass top. What makes these tables such a ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Warren Platner for Knoll International Side Table in Glass and Steel
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll International, coffee table, glass, metal, United States, 1960s This iconic side table by Warren Platner is created by welding curved steel rods to circul...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Rosewood Case Sofa, 1970
By Warren Platner
Located in Chicago, IL
Warren Platner Case sofa for "Lehigh Leopold" 1970. Rosewood case with original cream/white woven tweed boule, sitting on stainless steel pedestal base.
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1970s Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Warren Platner Armchair for Knoll International
By Warren Platner
Located in amstelveen, NL
Warren Platner chair, Knol International In 1966, the Platner Collection captured the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary...
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2010s Warren Platner Furniture

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Gold Plate

Knoll Dining Room Set Designed by Warren Platner, 20th Century
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Hamburg, PA
An exquisite set of Knoll chairs and table designed by Warren Platner. This iconic dining room set would look great in any Contemporary, Transitional or Traditional interior. As seen...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Rare 1970s Warren Platner Dining Table by Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Southampton, NJ
Warren Platner Knoll dining table in red enamel and steel base custom ordered by the original owner in the late 1970s. Unusual original chocolate brown glass top.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chairs in Red Wool Boucle
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This near-mint condition set of four (priced individually) Warren Platner for Knoll lounge chairs (Model 1715L) are upholstered in a gorgeous red wool boucle fabric over a nickel fra...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Nickel

Warren Platner Glass Top Chrome Coffee Table for Knoll, USA 1970s
By Warren Platner
Located in New York, NY
One of Knoll's most enduring designs. The Platner series looks as fresh as it did when it was designed fifty years ago.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Chrome

Warren Platner for Knoll Stool or Ottoman in Bronze Finish
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural stool or ottoman in original bronze finish, designed by Warren Platner for Knoll, American, circa 1960s. Signed with Knoll tag. This stool is currently being reupholstered...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Set of Four Chairs and Dining Table by Warren Platner
By Warren Platner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful dining set by Warren Platner, New York, New York, 1979. Platner Collection chairs, set of four, chrome-plated steel, original maroon upholstery, each with Knoll sticker and...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Marble, Chrome

Warren Platner for Knoll Coffee Table, USA, 1970s
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in London, GB
An original 1970s Warren Platner coffee table for Knoll. Steel frame and beveled glass top. The glass top is removable. Good vintage condition with minor wear in keeping with age. Th...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Steel and Glass Dining Table for Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern glass top on Steel base dining table by Warren Platner for Knoll, circa 1980s. Features a 53” thick glass top and base made of curved rods. This modern d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

3 Warren Platner Velvet Lounge Chairs with Matching 0ttoman
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
The elegant chairs and ottoman are early production. It is rare to find these many pieces. They are a classic example of classic modern design. Warren Platner (June 18, 1919 – Apr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Warren Platner for Knoll Gold Wire Lounge Chair
By Warren Platner
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Warren Platner for Knoll gold wire lounge chair. Upholstered in chenille. Newer production. Chairs are in excellent condition with exception of some surface rust found on the wire. N...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Gold Plate

Warren Platner Easy Chair for Knoll in Original Wool High Back Lounge, 1970s
By Warren Platner
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage pair of high back lounge chairs designed by Warren Platner for Knoll in original wool tweed upholstery in very good condition. These chairs were sent back to Knoll about 10 y...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Set of Four Lounge Chairs in Pink Upholstery
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, set of four lounge chairs, metal, fabric, United States, 1966. This iconic pink set by Warren Platner (1919-2006) is created by welding curved steel rod...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Platner Sideboard in Original Brown Leather
By Warren Platner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, brown sideboard, United States, after 1973. This sturdy office sideboard is designed by the American modernist Warren Platner. He is mostly known for his...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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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 Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Platner Steel and Glass Dining Table for Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Nickel plated steel and glass dining table designed by Warren Platner for Knoll Int.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel, Nickel

Pair of Warren Platner Easy Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of Model 1705 easy chairs with ottoman, designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. Zinc steel wire rods are bent and welded to form a graceful, sculptural Silhouette. A generously ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Zinc

Warren Platner Easy Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Luxurious model 1705 easy lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. Zinc steel wire rods are bent and welded to form a graceful, sculptural silhouette. A genero...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Zinc

Warren Platner Lounge Chair in Off-White Upholstery
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, lounge chair, metal, fabric, United States, 1966. This iconic lounge chair by Warren Platner (1919-2006) is created by welding curved steel rods to circ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Glass Platner Dining Table for Knoll
By Warren Platner
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern glass top, bronze Platner dining table for Knoll, circa late 1980s. Features a 53" thick glass top and base made of curved rods. This modern dining table...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Warren Platner for Knoll Armchair Set of 4, Nickel, Blue Wool, 1966
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren Platner for Knoll armchair set of 4, nickel, blue wool, 1966. Gorgeous original nickel plated finish. Blue wool hopsack textile. With his experience in the firm of Eero Saar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Warren Platner Gray Leather Easy Chair and Ottoman Set of Three, Knoll, 1966
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren platner gray leather easy chair and ottoman set of three, Knoll, 1966. Knoll Models 1705L and 1705Y. Warren Platner for Knoll gray leather model 1705 wire easy lounge chair, 1...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Stainless Steel, Nickel

Warren Platner "Round Table", 2020
By Warren Platner
Located in Paris, FR
Warren Platner Round table Bronze foot / Calacatta marble Knoll Edition diameter 135 X 70 cms New -Papers circa 2020 5800 euros.
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2010s American Warren Platner Furniture

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Carrara Marble

Warren Platner for Knoll Sideboard in Oak and Vinyl
By Warren Platner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner for Knoll, brown sideboard, vinyl, oak, United States, after 1973. This sturdy office sideboard is designed by the American modernist Warren Platner. He is mostly k...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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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 Warren Platner Furniture

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Chrome

Platner Side Table by Knoll in Rare Copper
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Highland, IN
With his "Platner Collection" for Knoll in 1966, Warren Platner introduced a richness and luxury to post-war American modernism that had not existed previously. The matching group in...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Copper

Vintage Warren Platner Carrara Marble & Steel Coffee Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Warren platner Carrara marble & steel coffee table for Knoll.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Marble, Chrome, Steel

Warren Platner Lounge Chairs for Knoll, Wire Frames, Orange Maharam Fabric, Pair
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of lounge chairs designed by Warren Platner. These are very early production and expertly restored and reupholstered in Maharam Redhead soft wool fabric. A stunning set.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Chrome

Warren Platner Side Table with Walnut Tray
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous Knoll wire rod side table with walnut tray. Designed by Warren Platner. In great shape. Signed and guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Walnut

Warren Platner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Illustrative Upholstery
By Warren Platner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Warren Platner, set of two lounge chairs, metal and yellow-green fabric, United States, 1966. This iconic pair by Warren Platner (1919-2006) is created by welding curved steel rods...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Authentic Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table by Warren Platner for Knoll in Bronze
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic classic circular cocktail table designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. It features a dark bronze wire base with round clear glass top. Very nice condition.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Bronze

Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chair in Off-White Boucle
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully reupholstered, a Warren Platner for Knoll nickel lounge chair in a high-quality off-white boucle.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Nickel

Pair of Warren Platner for Knoll Easy Chairs in Blue Mohair
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Warren Platner's iconic Easy chair for Knoll. We have reupholstered this in a high-quality mohair.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Nickel

Warren Platner Knoll Steel and Glass Side Table
By Warren Platner
Located in Indianapolis, IN
A vintage steel and glass side table designed by American architect and designer Warren Platner (1919-2006) for Knoll. The table design originated in 1966 and features multiple welde...
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20th Century American Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner 1716 Settee in Knoll Red Velvet
By Warren Platner
Located in Seattle, WA
This extremely rare Warren Platner settee was originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, as an icon of modern design furniture and was part of the original Platner furniture series. Due...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Platner Knoll Steel and Glass Side Table
By Warren Platner
Located in Indianapolis, IN
A vintage steel and glass side table designed by American architect and designer Warren Platner (1919-2006) for Knoll. The table design originated in 1966 and features multiple welde...
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20th Century American Modern Warren Platner Furniture

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Steel

Warren Platner Coffee Table in Original Bronze Finish
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural coffee table in original bronze finish, designed by Warren Platner for Knoll, American, circa 1960s. Retains warm original patina. Signed with Knoll label.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

1960s Bright, Metal Base Sofa by Warren Platner
By Eero Saarinen, Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa, Chrome plated base, new upholstery with high-quality 'Dedar' fabric, USA, 1966. The sofa a timeless design classic of the famous Warren Platner manufactured for Knoll Intern...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Furniture

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Metal

Warren Platner furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Warren Platner are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Warren Platner collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 101 vintage editions of these items, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Warren Platner were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture from Craft Associates, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and George Nakashima if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Warren Platner furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$1,400 and tops out at US$35,750, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,200 on average.

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