Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

Florence Knoll Lounge Chair



Classic tufted design in original rich mohair upholstery on a chrome frame.


  • Creator
    Florence Knoll (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 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
    circa 1980s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good condition would benefit from a steam cleaning.
  • Seller Location
    Pasadena, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: MR157681stDibs: LU867117139032

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Pasadena, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Florence Knoll (Designer)

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 post-war 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.

About the Seller
4.5 / 5
Located in Pasadena, TX

Operating from a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Pasadena, Texas, Metro Retro Furniture specializes in mid-century and Art Deco furniture dating to the 1930s through the 1980s, including pieces by Jens Risom, Charles & Ray Eames, Nico Zographos, Milo Baughman, Edward Wormley, Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner and many more celebrated designers....

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1999
1stDibs seller since 2009
979 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 2 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Florence Knoll Aluminum Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Interesting lounge chair attributed to Florence Knoll. Aluminum Construction with Allen bolt connection. Looks to be original Gerard black and white checkerboard fabric. An uncom...

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs



Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Pair of lounge chairs by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The chairs was newly upholstery circa three years ago. Very good condition.  

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs


Metal, Chrome

Red Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of vintage Florence Knoll lounge chairs on steel bases. We have these totally refurbished and re-upholstered in red Maharam Messenger fabric. The bases have been polished, and...

20th Century American Lounge Chairs



1960s Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A lounge chair formed by an armless button-tufted upholstered seat resting on a matte steel, rectilinear architectural frame.

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs



Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Florence Knoll tufted leather lounge chairs, originally designed in 1954, this pair is of recent production. Original Spinneybeck tan leather on satin chrome frame, both an u...

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs



Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates Parallel Bar System Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Garnerville, NY
Freshly upholstered in a light gray Knoll fabric. Brushed chrome steel base with black finish. Measure: 24" wide x 30" deep x 30" high x 16" seat height.  

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs


Steel, Chrome

Pair of Florence Knoll Relaxed Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of fairly new Florence Knoll Studio relaxed lounge chairs. They are embossed Florence Knoll Knoll Studios on one leg of each chair as pictured and bear a label underneath that...

21st Century and Contemporary American Club Chairs



Florence Knoll, "Parallel Bar" Lounge Chair, circa 1965
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
"Parallel Bar" easy chair designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll International, circa 1965. Newly re-upholstered with a dark blue velvet from the Kvadrat Raf Simons collec...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs


Steel, Metal

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery