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Donald Knorr Chair for Knoll Associates, 1948

$3,750per item

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For your consideration to of six Knorr chairs. Comprised of sheet metal bolted to steel rod legs. This chair is exceptionally rare (a set of six in simply unheard of) Model #132 chair. Originally designed in 1948 by Donald Knorr for Knoll Associates. The seating design winner from the 1949 MoMA competition and still part of Moma's permanent collection today. Only produced from 1950-1952 due to war time efforts with metal limitations. Before Knorr established his own firm (early 1950s) he worked under Saarinen. A true collectors item! Original seat cushions are available for a template as they are terribly worn.

Details

  • Creator
    Donald Knorr (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1948
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. paint loss and natural patina. Some chairs have a shinier appearance. Because of the rarity of these chairs they have not been refinished. We are happy to provide a quote for repainting at the buyers discretion.
  • Seller Location
    BROOKLYN, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1793216698231

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About the Manufacturer

Knoll

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's mid-century modern 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 lounge 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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