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Florence Knoll Cabinets

American, 1917-2019
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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Creator: Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll Two Bay Rosewood Credenza with Calacatta Marble Top
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
This is an early version Florence Knoll credenza, 1960s from an important collector. Small keyhole to slide key in and lock. We do not have the key. Marble is beautiful. Graining is ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Marble, Metal

Florence Knoll Credenza, Blonde Oak Case, White Marble Top, Original, Signed
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Florence Knoll credenza in oak with Carrara marble top and chromed steel frame. This is one of the best examples of this design to come through our hands in 25 years in business. The...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Green Verde Marble Top Credenza or Cabinet
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern classic cabinet designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. It features a dark mahogany case, stainless steel legs and a rare green marble top. This has a drawer...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Marble, Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Early Knoll Walnut 2-Door Credenza
By Florence Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Diminutive credenza from the early 1950s. Walnut top is new veneer replacing worn Formica. Leather pulls a signature Florence Knoll design mark. Two sliding doors open to reveal two ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Walnut

Florence Knoll Credenza
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Knoll Associates Florence Knoll USA rosewood veneer, marble, chrome-plated steel Measures: 75 W × 18.5 D × 25.5 H in Rosewood has uneven finish. Small veneer loss. Small chips...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Rosewood

Quite Unique Florence Knoll Three-Door Hanging Cabinet
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Designed in 1947 and made by Knoll International. Only build on special order. One drop front door and two sliding doors. One cutlery drawer and several shelfs. Signed. Teak wood -...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

Florence Knoll Custom Wall-Mounted Cabinet by Knoll Associates
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll custom wall-mounted cabinet by Knoll Associates for H.J. Heinz Co, Pittsburgh. This custom wall-mounted cabinet with a Calcutta marble top and six drawers, 4 doors co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Marble, Aluminum

Florence Knoll Credenza in Teak and Oak with Chrome Legs and Leather Pulls
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Early production, locking Credenza with teak exterior and oak interior designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll & Associates. This is a beautiful example that has been refinished to the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Steel

Classic Modernist Florence Knoll Walnut and Oak Credenza, Early Knoll Label
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist Florence Knoll walnut and oak Credenza with leather pulls and seldom seen wood legs.. Retains early Knoll label, Florence Knoll's simple. Elegant, understated desig...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Leather, Oak, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll for Knoll with Black Marble Top Credenza
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern classic cabinet designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. It features a dark mahogany case, stainless steel legs and a black marble top.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Marble, Stainless Steel

Wall-Mounted Rosewood Cabinets by Florence Knoll, Excellent Condition, Pair
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two rosewood wall mount storage cabinets or credenzas designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. Early production in Brazilian rosewood with white lacquered doors, interiors and shelves. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Leather, Rosewood, Wood

Florence Knoll Wall-Mounted Cabinet
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Knoll leather tab storage case, can hang on wall or sit on bench. Walnut, with original faux laminate top.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Stylish Modern Sliding Door Credenza by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique Mid-Century cabinet features spacious sliding door storage and sleek modern design. Iconic design by Florence Knoll, this spacious console cabinet is ideal for use as a t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Cabinets

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Teak

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Florence Knoll cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

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