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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair

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It doesn’t get more timeless or starkly modern than the boxy chrome-footed Florence Knoll lounge chair. Designed in 1954 by Florence Knoll Bassett (1917–2019), the chair is representative of all her signature gestures, from the sturdy construction to the button tufting, and like the rest of her work, it embodies the very essence of modernism.

In many ways, Knoll was destined to become a household name in Michigan, and she flourished in her architecture studies with Bauhaus masters like Marcel Breuer and others. Knoll was a protégé of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, and her lounge seating, with its clean architectural lines, takes cues from her mentor.

Deeply inspired by the Bauhaus and its belief in melding art with industrial techniques, Knoll revolutionized the workplace. “Every time you see Barcelona chairs and a table in a lobby, that’s her [influence],” Kathryn Hiesinger, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, told the New York Times. When Knoll designed this chair as part of her lounge series, which included a sofa, she called it “meat and potatoes” furniture and believed she was merely filling a need. While there’s no disputing the utilitarian properties of her classic pieces, they’re geometrically striking objects. The Florence Knoll lounge chair — with its low seat height and simple profile — would work in any setting, and Knoll was equally versatile. It’s hard to imagine modernism without her.

Florence Knoll Lounge Chair

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Pair of 1950s Club Chairs by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Hudson, NY
A beautiful and rare pair of modern 1950s club chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Classic design with angled back and loose seat and back cushions, raised on ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs for Knoll Studio, Signed
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of Florence Knoll leather lounge chairs for Knoll Studio feature soft supple leather over a chrome base, with a Knoll Studio embossed stamp and Florence Knoll's signature e...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Lounge Chair Armchair in Pale Grey “Volo” Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
On offer on this occasion is a rare, original “Florence Knoll” lounge chair from the world renown furniture house of Knoll Studio, dressed in their sublime Knoll “Volo” leather in pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Pair of Florence Knoll Relaxed Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of fairly new Florence Knoll Studio relaxed lounge chairs. They are embossed Florence Knoll Knoll Studios on one leg of each chair as pictured and bear a label underneath that...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Club Chairs

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Steel

1960s Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A lounge chair formed by an armless button-tufted upholstered seat resting on a matte steel, rectilinear architectural frame.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll Tan Leather Button Tufted Lounge Chair, 1970s
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Pau, FR
Florence Knoll lounge chair in tan leather with button tufted seat and back on a chrome-plated steel base. Labeled Art Metal - Knoll Corp., June 9 1971 The chair has some losses to ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll
Located in London, GB
A rare, original “Florence Knoll” lounge chair from the world renown furniture house of Knoll Studio, dressed in a sublime, tactile woven-wool fabric, and with polished chrome framew...
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2010s American Armchairs

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Wool

Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll
Located in London, GB
A rare, original “Florence Knoll” lounge chair from the world renown furniture house of Knoll Studio, dressed in a sublime, tactile woven-wool fabric, and with polished chrome framew...
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2010s American Armchairs

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Wool

Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Florence Knoll tufted leather lounge chairs, originally designed in 1954, this pair is of recent production. Original Spinneybeck tan leather on satin chrome frame, both an u...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll, "Parallel Bar" Lounge Chair, circa 1965
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
"Parallel Bar" easy chair designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll International, circa 1965. Newly re-upholstered with a dark blue velvet from the Kvadrat Raf Simons collec...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Metal

Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates Parallel Bar System Lounge Chair
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Garnerville, NY
Freshly upholstered in a light gray Knoll fabric. Brushed chrome steel base with black finish. Measure: 24" wide x 30" deep x 30" high x 16" seat height.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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