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Florence Knoll

American, 1917-2019

Architect, furniture designer, interior designer, entrepreneur — Florence Knoll had a subtle but profound influence on the course of mid-century American modernism. Dedicated to functionality and organization, and never flamboyant, Knoll shaped the ethos of the postwar business world with her polished, efficient design and skillfully realized office plans.

Knoll had perhaps the most thorough design education of any of her peers. Florence Schust was orphaned at age 12, and her guardian sent her to Kingswood, a girl’s boarding school that is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community in suburban Detroit. Her interest in design brought her to the attention of Eliel Saarinen, the Finnish architect and head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Saarinen and his wife took the talented child under their wing, and she became close to their son, the future architect Eero Saarinen. While a student at the academy, Florence befriended artist-designer Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames. Later, she studied under three of the Bauhaus masters who emigrated to the United States. She worked as an apprentice in the Boston architectural offices of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught her at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 1941, she met Hans Knoll, whose eponymous furniture company was just getting off the ground. They married in 1946, and her design sense and his business skills soon made Knoll Inc. a leading firm in its field. Florence signed up the younger Saarinen as a designer, and would develop pieces by Bertoia, Mies and the artist Isamu Noguchi. Her main work came as head of the Knoll Planning Group, designing custom office interiors for clients such as IBM and CBS. The furniture Florence created for these spaces reflects her Bauhaus training: the pieces are pure functional design, exactingly built; their only ornament from the materials, such as wood and marble. Her innovations — the oval conference table, for example, conceived as a way to ensure clear sightlines among all seated at a meeting — were always in the service of practicality.

Since her retirement in 1965, Knoll received the National Medal of Arts, among other awards; in 2004 the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted the exhibition “Florence Knoll: Defining Modern” — well deserved accolades for a strong, successful design and business pioneer. As demonstrated on these pages, the simplicity of Knoll’s furniture is her work’s great virtue: they fit into any interior design scheme.

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US$5,120
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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Settee
Florence Knoll Settee
Florence Knoll for Knoll International Oak and Marble Credenza
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International Oak and marble credenza, Features Rossa Alicante Marble with bleached Oak Veneer finished on backside for middle of room placement if desired, ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Marble

Pair Mid-Century Rosewood with Carrara Marble Top Nightstands by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of beautiful Florence knoll single drawer nightstands or side tables. Rosewood single drawer nightstands with clean Carrara marble tops. Oak drawers with single white divider. H...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Marble, Carrara Marble

Pair of off White Leather and Stainless Steel Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful 1950’s off white leather with parallel bar stainless steel legs lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This came out of the embassy of Australia. The sofa is...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Stainless Steel

Vintage MCM Florence Knoll Settee
By Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautifully tufted vintage Knoll Florence Settee with original upholstery.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Fabric

  • Vintage MCM Florence Knoll Settee
  • Vintage MCM Florence Knoll Settee
  • Vintage MCM Florence Knoll Settee
  • Vintage MCM Florence Knoll Settee
H 32 in. W 63 in. D 36 in.
Vintage Florence Knoll Stained Oak Partners Executive Desk Fully Restored
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Stunning! Restored vintage stained oak (rosewood tone) Executive Desk designed by architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll in the United States, circa late 1960s. This iconic ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa with Down Cushions
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful Florence knoll Relaxed Sofa with custom cushions added. This sofa was purchased directly from knoll in 2019 and extra fabric ordered. The fabric is a grey chenille. We're n...
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2010s American Florence Knoll

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Steel

  • Florence Knoll Sofa with Down Cushions
  • Florence Knoll Sofa with Down Cushions
  • Florence Knoll Sofa with Down Cushions
  • Florence Knoll Sofa with Down Cushions
H 31.25 in. W 90.5 in. D 35 in.
Vintage Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates, Inc. in the United States, circa 1960s. This lounge chairs have a clean design around its edges and an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Steel

  • Vintage Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
  • Vintage Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
  • Vintage Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
  • Vintage Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
H 32.25 in. W 28 in. D 30 in.
Early Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates sofa with built in magazine holder circa early 1950's. This example is upholstered in a pumpernickel Knoll boucle which pops beautifully next to t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll

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Walnut

  • Early Florence Knoll Sofa
  • Early Florence Knoll Sofa
  • Early Florence Knoll Sofa
  • Early Florence Knoll Sofa
H 28.5 in. W 120 in. D 29 in.
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Relaxed Sofa
Relaxed Sofa
Average Price
US$6,662
Number Available
2
Relaxed Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Materials
Fabric, Metal, Steel, Wool
Styles
Modern
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Relaxed Settee
Relaxed Settee
Average Price
US$3,778
Number Available
1
Relaxed Settee
By Florence Knoll
Materials
Fabric, Metal
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Florence Knoll furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Florence Knoll furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Florence Knoll collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 257 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Florence Knoll were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jens Risom, George Nelson and Harvey Probber. The prices for Florence Knoll furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $389 and tops out at $22,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,200 on average.

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