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Bronze Early Production Warren Platner for Knoll International Armchairs, Signed

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What sets this set of four (4) Warren Platner for Knoll International dining armchairs apart from others is that they are early production original solid bronze examples which are no longer in production (this set produced between 1968 and 1970) , they are signed with early Knoll International labels, with original fabric, and in gorgeous condition. For collectors and design enthusiasts, this is a big deal and we'll explain further... for those who don't have the time to read - to summarize, these are exquisite all original examples for the discriminating collector or interior designer client. Knoll stopped production of solid bronze frames in the 1980s, and only recently started reproduction on a metallic bronze finish version, but the new reproduction examples are not made with solid bronze, only a bronze finish which is actually a paint! Therefore these original production solid bronze frames are extremely rare and coveted by collectors, interior designers and art and design investors alike. Condition of the bronze wires are also very important and these are better than new... wait, how are they better than new? What collectors want to see on this design is a clean frame free of rust, bends and breaks. But they do want to see a soft patina on the solid bronze wires which makes the originally black frames have a beautiful deep brown tone which only develops over time and with age. This set has a gorgeous light and even patina, beautiful inflections of black and deep brown - such beauty only found on natural bronze in excellent condition with no issues to the frames. Perfect collectors examples, or for anyone who wants only the best examples of a particular design. This set of four Warren Platner bronze wire dining arm chairs also retain their original fabric upholstery and Knoll International labels. Labels are excellent to authenticate and help pinpoint when an item was made. All four of these chairs are labelled with the early Knoll International labels with the 320 Park Avenue New York showroom address, indicating these examples were produced between 1968 and 1970, making them part of Knoll's original production years for this design. And the fabric is original to the frames, and in good usable condition with only some light fading to the color and some firmness to some of the interior foam cushioning. The Warren Platner Wire collection was debuted in 1966 by Knoll Associates then later produced by Knoll International in 1968. Current production of the Warren Platner Wire Collection is held by Knoll Studio and while current day examples are licensed and authentic, they lack the collectibility and desirability of the early original examples like this set. These Warren Platner club chairs would work great in a Mid-Century Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a contemporary or Postmodern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Being highly durable, this set of dining chairs would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as side chairs, cafe or breakfast table chairs, bedside chair, fireside chair, dressing or changing room chair, hallway chair, entryway or mudroom chair, nursing or reading chair, conference room chairs, office or desk chair, guest chairs, lobby chairs, lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. Product story: With his experience in the firm of Eero Saarinen and Associates, it is not surprising that the mantel for the second generation of pedestal and wire furniture fell on the creative shoulders of Warren Platner. Reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values, modernism became more expressive in the 1960s. Platner felt there was an opportunity to merge the competing aesthetics of the time. “I began to think about what I thought furniture, specifically a chair, really might be, starting with the philosophy that it isn’t going to be aggressively technological, or aggressively handicraft…I, as a designer, felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV, but it could have a more rational base instead of being applied decoration…I thought why separate support from the object. Just make it all one thing. Starts at the floor and comes up and envelops me, supports me…What I wanted to achieve was a chair that, number one, was complementary to the person sitting in it, or to the person in the space between the wall and the chair — what the chair did for the person in respect to the scale of the person and the space.” Construction: - Shell is molded fiberglass with molded latex foam cushion. - Base constructed of vertical bronze rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing rods. - Clear plastic extrusion ring on bottom of the base for a smooth bottom surface. Condition: Bronze frames are in excellent condition with beautiful light patina, clean and clear of rust, no breaks, no bent wires, sturdy and structurally sound. Fabric is clean with no stains, odors or tears, just some light fading and firmness to inside foam cushioning. Measurements: H 29.25" x W 27" x D 22.5" Seat height 18.5" Seat depth 18" Arm height 24.5" at low point, 26" at mid point.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Bronze frames are in excellent condition with beautiful light patina, clean and clear of rust, no breaks, no bent wires, sturdy and structurally sound. Fabric is clean with no stains, just light wear and light fading and firmness to inside foam
  • Dimensions
    H 29.25 in. x W 27 in. x D 22.5 in.H 74.3 cm x W 68.58 cm x D 57.15 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217071981
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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