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Florence Knoll Sideboards

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
Rare Wall Hanging Rosewood Credenza by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
A floating side board designed by Florence Knoll, for Knoll furniture, extremely limited production between the years of 1968-1974. In impeccable condition. Features two sliding pane...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Rosewood

Refinished Walnut Florence Knoll Credenza for Knoll Studio, Signed
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sleekly designed credenza by Florence Knoll for Knoll Studio signed with Knoll Studio and Florence Knoll's signature on one leg. This newly restored sideboard credenza is fabricated ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Metal

Florence Knoll Walnut Credenza
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four compartment early walnut credenza by Florence Knoll, USA, c.1950s. Three compartments features an oak interior with adjustable oak shelf and closes with sliding doors. A single ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Leather, Oak, Walnut

Sideboard by Knoll 1950
By Florence Knoll
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Sideboard by Florence Knoll. From 50s. 4 Sliding doors covered in raffia, with leather grips.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Wood

Early Florence Knoll Walnut Credenza with Cane Sliding Door
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, walnut, seagrass, cane, steel and leather, United States, 1948. An early office-residential crossover piece. The wooden sideboar...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll, Sideboard / Seagrass Doors & Walnut Wood, Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Florence Knoll sideboard, varnished walnut wood, the sliding doors are woven with seagrass, leather handles, black metal legs. Measures: H: 78cm L: 190cm l: 46 cm. Edition Knoll / Ma...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Seagrass, Walnut

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Sideboard in Teak
By Florence Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll, sideboard, teak, steel, walnut, United States, 1961 This minimalistic sideboard was made with the aim of creating office furniture that would meet the special needs...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Steel

Knoll Florence Sideboard 1960
By Florence Knoll
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Knoll Florence (1917-2019) circa 1960 Office furniture in walnut and walnut veneer, it opens on the front with two leaves sliding doors, leather pull straps, revealing two niches a...
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20th Century Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Walnut

Florence Knoll, Sideboard, 1968 Seagrass Doors & Ash Wood, Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Munster, NRW
Sideboard (Mod°123) from 1968, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International - this version was produced in 1968 by Knoll International in Stuttgart. The sliding doors are wove...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Ash, Seagrass

Florence Knoll Marble & Teak Credenza, USA, 1970s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Florence Knoll marble & teak Credenza USA 1970s Magnificent Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Teak & Marble Credenza for Knoll International, USA circa 1970s, original marble topp...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Marble

Rare Sideboard No.119 by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
In my opinion the nicest sideboard of Florence Knoll. wonderful clear lines and a elegant touch. does have a real back and can be used as room divider.
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Credenza with Cane Doors and Black Laminate Case by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dorchester, MA
This sideboard exemplifies Florence Knoll's classic clean-lined aesthetic. The black laminate case sits on a steel base and features handsome cane sliding doors with leather pulls. I...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Steel

Early Knoll Credenza With Grasscloth Front
By Florence Knoll
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An early and classic Florence Knoll/Knoll credenza with grasscloth front. Original steel tubular legs, oak shelves. Beautifully restored and ready to be used for many years to come.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Steel

1950s Florence Knoll Seagrass Sideboard Credenza Mod. 116 Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful and super rare vintage Florence Knoll Mod. 116 seagrass sideboard, made by Knoll International, made in Germany about 1949 in Teak wood and seagrass sliding doors - a very ...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Wood

Credenza Sideboard by Florence Knoll Bassett for Knoll Inc, 1970s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Lasne, BE
The sideboard has 4 doors, a key and a glass shelf in between. Wear due to time and age of the sideboard.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Marble, Metal

Cabinet / Chest of Drawers in Rosewood by Florence Knoll for De Coene, 1960s
By Florence Knoll, De Coene
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Vintage design cabinet / chest of drawers in rosewood with leather grips designed by Florence Knoll for De Coene Belgium in the 1960s. Wonderful clean minimalist modernist design in ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Chrome

Design Credenza / Sideboard by Florence Knoll for De Coene Leather Rosewood 1960
By Florence Knoll, De Coene
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Vintage design credenza or sideboard in rosewood with leather grips designed by Florence Knoll for De Coene Belgium in the 1960s. Wonderful clean Minimalist modernist design in rosew...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

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Chrome

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 retains early Knoll label, Florence Knoll's simple. Elegant, understated design, 4 sliding doors in oakwoo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Leather, Oak, Walnut

Florence Knoll Sideboard for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Brussels , BE
Florence Knoll Sideboard for Knoll International.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Marble

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Midcentury Modern Credenza Sideboard
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munroe Falls, OH
This is a nice walnut credenza with heavy duty laminate top, leather pulls and chrome legs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The credenza includes 6 shelves and one...
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Mid-20th Century American Florence Knoll Sideboards

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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Florence Knoll Credenza in Grey and Green with Leather Handles
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Florence Knoll for Knoll, sideboard, grey and green wood, metal feet, leather straps, France, 1960s. This sideboard is designed and made by making use of color blocks. The sideboa...
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Florence Knoll sideboards for sale on 1stDibs

Florence Knoll sideboards are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Florence Knoll sideboard collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 15 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Florence Knoll's original sideboards were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider sideboards by Edward Wormley, Dunbar and Paul McCobb. The prices for Florence Knoll sideboards can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $2,000 and tops out at $20,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,904.

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