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Florence Knoll Sofa

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Although Michigan native Florence Knoll (1917–2019) modestly described her furniture as “meat and potatoes” designs that were largely “fill-in pieces” for the Knoll Associates catalog, works like the Florence Knoll sofa demonstrate her artful expression of modern proportions. Introduced in 1954, the sofa was made during the American designer and entrepreneur’s direction of the Knoll Planning Unit, the company’s pioneering “design consultant service” that would define the look of the postwar workplace. The versatile Florence Knoll sofa, with its angular silhouette and tasteful mix of textures — from the colorful upholstery options to its exposed metal frame and legs — could as easily fit into the glass lobby of a skyscraper as the living room of a home.

Before she met her husband, Hans Knoll, with whom she built Knoll Associates into an international tastemaker of mid-century style, Florence studied under architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked for architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. That mentorship — from the major figures of the Bauhaus — had a significant impact on her approach to “total design,” in which each part of an interior was not just an object, it was a component of a comprehensive whole. Mies’s influence in particular is evident in the simplicity of the Florence Knoll sofa, its modern materials and restrained design channeling his “less is more” ethos. Its polished chrome steel legs and cushions with their clean lines further provided an architectural contrast to more sculptural pieces being created for Knoll Associates by designers such as Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen and Isamu Noguchi.

The numerous pieces Florence Knoll designed for the Knoll Associates furniture line were envisioned as design solutions for the changing needs in residential and office spaces. The Florence Knoll Lounge chair, also released in 1954, was a scaled-down companion to the sofa, so together they could offer flexible seating for a meeting space or entertaining area in the home.

Knoll may have designed her sofa because she needed a minimal piece as an element in the diverse interiors being filled with her company’s furnishings, but it’s now among the most celebrated of the company’s designs. Knoll, Inc. continues to produce the Florence Knoll sofa over half a century after it was introduced, and vintage models are still prized for their sturdy construction and timeless qualities.

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1st Generation Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa by Knoll Associates, 1950s, Signed
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare example of the Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa, designed in 1954, has a built-in attached magazine / book side table and is signed with the original early generation Knoll A...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Wonderful No.26 3-4 seater sofa by Florence Knoll / like new!
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
modern after all this years.... a matching set of 2 lounge chairs also available! Reupholstered. Foam, webbing and fabric new!!
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Florence Knoll Sofa on Rosewood Base
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Florence Knoll sofa, on hard to find rosewood base, recently reupholstered in top grade gray moat fabric. If you are looking for classic and timeless mid century design, this ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Rosewood

Completely Restored Florence Knoll 25 BC Three-Seat Sofa by Wohnbedarf, 1950s
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Three-seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International, and produced under license by Wohnbedarf AG, in the early 1950s. The sofa still has the original Wohnbedarf met...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Three-seat sofa by Florence Knoll and made by Knoll International. The sofa was newly upholstery, circa three years ago. The condition is very good.   
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #26, 1947-1970
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Classic three-seat Knoll Sofa Model #26 designed by Florence Knoll produced circa 1947-1970. Upholstered in natural linen, however, new upholstery necessary. This sofa is sturdy an...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Maple

Florence Knoll Lounge Series Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful vintage Florence Knoll 3-seat 'Lounge Series' sofa in unique color pink velvet fabric of exclusive French manufacture, completely restored with all new interiors. This mode...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Providence, RI
Sofa designed by Florence Knoll, and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1966. Recently upholstered, including all new foam and strapping. Please note: Unfortunately, this sofa was ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa in Navy Velvet
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
The Classic Florence Knoll sofa, completely restored and reupholstered in navy blue. We restored this piece based on original specifications. Using a high quality supple deep navy ve...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US The fabric is very rich with a golden yarn and in cream beige.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Florence Knoll Sofa, Teal Blue Green Velvet, Knoll International, New York, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Florence Knoll sofa, teal blue green velvet, Knoll International, New York, designed in 1954. Timeless Mid-Century Modern design, effortlessly neat and minimal while maintaining affa...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Three-Seat Tuxedo Sofa
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll three-seat 90" tuxedo sofa, original wool fabric with chrome plated base. Re-upholstery recommended. We provide this service as COM (Customers Own Material) Florence...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Sofa in Fuchsia
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic sofa designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll in the early 1960s. It features a stainless steel frame with fuchsia tweed upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #32
By Florence Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
Florence Knoll sofa model #32. An armless sofa model #32 by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates. The frame is black enameled steel and the cushions have been restored in a luxurious...
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20th Century American Sofas

Materials

Steel

Parallel Bar Sofa, Model 53, by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Florence Knoll's parallel bar sofa, model 53, places an armless angled seat upon a squared-off steel frame with a brushed chrome and black finish. The tufted back and seat of the sof...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll Sofa and Matching Lounge Chairs Living Room Set in Red
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching 3 piece living room suite designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. The set consists of one 3-seat sofa and two matching club chairs. All done in original red twee...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Steel

Parallel Bar Sofas By Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A "parallel bar" frame sofa with a button tufted back on chromed steel legs.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Early Florence Knoll Armless Sofa and Chair Set
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an early and rare Knoll sofa and chair set. This sets one and only home was non-other then a Richard Nuetra estate in the Hollywood Hills. New cushions and Upholstery. Design...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Three-Seat Sofa Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Acquired from the original owner who bought this new in 1967 from Knoll. Three seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Sofa has three loose back cushions and is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Textile, Walnut

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A three cushion sofa with inset wooden conical legs in clear birch with slanted arms and angled profile in a beautiful damask fabric with a bit of shimmer to the back round. A very e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International. Upholstered in gorgeous Sina Pearson fabric. Florence Knoll was a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern...
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Model no. 26 three-seat sofa. Upholstered with new foam in Cato fabric. Chrome plated legs. Measures: SH 20.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Early Florence Knoll Walnut "Floating" Frame Sofa, Model 57W
By Florence Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
A Classic Mid-Century Knoll model 57W sofa. The floating frame has mortised and pinned construction and is very solid. Original upholstery is in a cream and grey woven fabric with tu...
Category

Mid-20th Century Sofas

Materials

Fabric

90in Vintage Mid-Century Knoll Three-Seat Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Iconic Florence Knoll three-seat sofa in original berry fabric. Chrome legs. Chrome has been restored. Measures: 90 in.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Very early Florence Knoll sofa circa 1950 completely restored including all new 8 way hand tied springs, all new high grade foam cushions and new woven wool upholstery. The solid map...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Maple, Textile

Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa on Chrome Frame
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful off-white woven fabric with the Classic box tufting. In really nice shape, fabric is clean and chrome is in very nice condition. With original Knoll label.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

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