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Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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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Creator: Warren Platner
Chartreuse Green Warren Platner Stool by Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Utrecht, NL
High model stool from the 'Wire series' by American designer Warren Platner for Knoll International in nickel execution with a chartreuse green mohair velour Knoll fabrics upholstery...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Warren Platner, Knoll International, Kvadrat Tonus Fabric Stool Bronze Metal
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Authentic stool, designed by Warren Platner in 1966. Recent Knoll edition in yellow Kvadrat Tonus fabrics and bronze metal structure. Knoll ''K'' fabrics under the seat. New con...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Warren Platner, Knoll International, Kvadrat Tonus Fabric Stool Bronze Metal
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Authentic stool, designed by Warren Platner in 1966. Recent Knoll edition in red Kvadrat Tonus fabrics and bronze metal structure. Knoll ''K'' fabrics under the seat. New condit...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

Warren Platner, Knoll International, Kvadrat Tonus Fabric Stool Bronze Metal
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Authentic stool, designed by Warren Platner in 1966. Recent Knoll edition in bordeaux burgondy Kvadrat Tonus fabrics and bronze metal structure. Knoll ''K'' fabrics under the seat....
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1960s American Modern Vintage Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Warren Platner 1705Y Easy Ottoman, Gray Leather and Nickel, Knoll, 1966
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren Platner 1705Y Easy Ottoman, Gray Leather and Nickel, Knoll, 1966 Custom gray leather (original); original nickel finish. Ottoman retains original clear acrylic feet. The maste...
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Warren Platner for Knoll Wire Ottoman
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oversized steel wire ottoman in bouclé, designed by Warren Platner for his namesake Platner collection for Knoll. Now a Classic modern form that is at once Industrial and organic. Up...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

Warren Platner Large Ottoman / Stool in Blush Pink & Gold Velvet by Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Utrecht, NL
Nickel plated steel Warren Platner ottoman with a blush pink velvet gold lamé shimmer upholstery. This bespoke upholstery is executed from a high end premium fabric brand...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Warren Platner Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel, Nickel

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Warren Platner ottomans and poufs for sale on 1stDibs.

Warren Platner ottomans and poufs 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 ottomans and poufs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original ottomans and poufs by Warren Platner were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ottomans and poufs by Paul McCobb, Directional, and Charles and Ray Eames. Prices for Warren Platner ottomans and poufs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,837 and can go as high as $11,104, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,407.

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