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Warren Platner Gray Leather Easy Chair and Ottoman Set of Three, Knoll, 1966

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Warren platner gray leather easy chair and ottoman set of three, Knoll, 1966. Knoll Models 1705L and 1705Y. Warren Platner for Knoll gray leather model 1705 wire easy lounge chair, 1966. Stunning set of three includes a Platner Easy Chair (Model 1705; aka Easy Lounge Chair) in custom gray leather (original) and a pair of matching Platner Ottomans, also original gray leather. All pieces in original nickel finish. Ottomans retain original clear acrylic feet. Knoll label dates set to early 1970s. This set is extremely rare. Museum quality. The masterful upholstery in the soft leather accentuates the sensual, organic quality of the form and serves as a great counterpoint to the metal structure. Lovely cool gray leather supported by warm nickel frame. The Easy chair is not currently available for order from Knoll in leather. 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.” The Platner Collection captured the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary at the time. Each piece requires the welding of hundreds of curved steel rods to circular frames, serving as structure (support) and ornament. Platner submitted his design 1962 but it took more than four years to configure and manage production (1966).

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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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