1 of 7 images

Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Leather Lounge Chairs, Pair for Knoll, 1958


Pair of black leather parallel bar chairs with rare original black bases. Designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1958.


  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1958
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 30 in. x W 24 in. x D 30 in.

    H 76.2 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 76.2 cm

  • Seller location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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.

Read more about Florence Knoll in Introspective Magazine.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2011
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Brooklyn, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Pair of Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs for Knoll, circa 1960s

$3,800 Sale Price / set
30% Off
Pair of Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs for Knoll,...
Florence Knoll
American Lounge Chairs
A pair of lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll in 1958 and manufactured by Knoll. Square tubular steel base in upholstered in Knoll fabric.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Pair of Barcelona Chairs, Knoll, Black Leather

$5,600 Sale Price / set
20% Off
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Pair of Barcelona Chai...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
American Lounge Chairs
Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs for Knoll. Stainless steel frames and original black leather with just the right amount of wear.
Florence Knoll Split Settee Lounge Chair Set fo...
Florence Knoll
American Settees
Rare Knoll split settee designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1960s for Knoll. The Settee divides into a pair of lounge chairs with a brushed chrome steel base.

Charles Pollock Sling Lounge Chairs, Pair for Knoll 1960

$3,000 Sale Price / set
25% Off
Charles Pollock Sling Lounge Chairs, Pair for K...
Charles Pollock (b.1930)
American Armchairs
Pair of leather Sling lounge chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll.
You May Also Like
Florence Knoll "Parallel Bar" Slipper Chairs
Florence Knoll
American Slipper Chairs
Pair of lounge chairs by Florence Knoll, circa 1955. Stunning mid-century modern pair of slipper style chairs feature tufted vintage fabric, sturdy and stylish frames, and iconic vin...
Pair of Modern 1960s Knoll Parallel Bar Lounge ...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
American Lounge Chairs
Steel, Velvet
Unique pair of Knoll parallel bar lounge chairs from the 1960s. These have been recently reupholstered in a lush blue Kravet velvet and are in excellent condition.
Pair of Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Slipper Chairs
Florence Knoll
American Slipper Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wool
First time out of original owner's home since purchase in 1962. Original knoll fabric is in like new condition.
Slipper Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
Knoll, Florence Knoll
American Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Teak
Pair of tufted slipper lounge chairs by Florence Knoll. Manufactured by Knoll, circa 1955. Solid teak wood frames. Freshly upholstered in Holly Hunt Heritage fabric.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates Parallel Ba...
Knoll, Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
American Lounge Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
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.  
Pair of Leather Lounge Chairs by Camacho Roldan...
Florence Knoll, Camacho Roldan
Colombian Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Pair of box stitched leather lounge chairs by Camacho Roldan & Artecto Colombia. Beautiful patina to the original leather. We have a matching sofa on another listing.
Pair of Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Lounge Chai...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Produced by Knoll for Lincoln upholstered in spinneybeck leather and only 50 made these are marked and numbered it also comes with the original pamphlet these are in great conditi...
Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
American Lounge Chairs
Leather, Steel
Beautiful pair of Florence Knoll lounge chairs comes in black leather which are in very good original condition and stands on chromium-plated steel base. The soft leather promises an...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries