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Paoli Chair Co. Black Naugahyde Chrome MCM Slipper Chairs Style Florence Knoll

$1,295per set

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Awesome pair of Mid-Century Modern or MCM slipper chairs in black faux leather or Naugahyde by Paoli Chair Co. done in the style of Florence Knoll. Original tag on one chair dated 1968. They are in good original condition. There are a few repaired nicks and dings on the vinyl, but they still look beautiful. See photos, circa 1968. The perfect pair of Mid-Century Modern chairs for just about any room in your home! Just like a little black dress, they’ll go anywhere, and you can dress them up or dress them down. Comprised of button tucked tight backs and seats in black faux leather or Naugahyde with square chromed steel tube legs and frame. These are done in the style of the famed model #65 chair designed by Florence Knoll but with four buttons and not six and a tube frame and not solid. The Paoli Chair Co. was founded in 1926 in Paoli, Indiana. By 1954, Paoli had become the largest manufacturer of occasional chairs in the world. This success continued into the 1960s. In the 1970s Paoli made a switch from the residential market to the commercial market. Now they have been absorbed and the Indiana plant closed as part of HNI Corporation with sister companies the likes of HON, Allsteel, and Gunlocke. You need to own this little piece of Mid-Century Modern history. Make these handsome chairs yours. Measures: Chair: Height – 30.5 inches Width – 22 inches Depth – 30 inches Seat height – 16.5 inches Inside seat width – 21.5 inches Inside seat depth – 19.5 inches Inside back height – 17.5 inches Weight – 24.2 pounds each. Crated size: Height – 39 inches Width – 28 inches Depth – 42 inches Weight – 65 pounds.

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  • Creator
  • Similar to
    Florence Knoll (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1968
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. They are in good original condition. There are a few repaired nicks and dings on the vinyl, but they still look beautiful. See photos.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-SEA-1281stDibs: LU1873310801643

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    Ships From: Topeka, KS
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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.

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