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1st Generation Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa by Knoll Associates, 1950s, Signed

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This rare example of the Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa, designed in 1954, has a built-in attached magazine / book side table and is signed with the original early generation Knoll Associates paper label to the sofa and Knoll Associates bowtie sticker label to the attached side table. This model is already rare as it is, just as a sofa. But the examples with built-in tables are much more rare. Then this one - with magazine slots - it is extra extra rare. Collectors and interior designers - get this before it is gone, it won't last long! This fantastic no 578 Florence Knoll sofa is large enough to sit four people and a great alternative to a daybed. It's long enough for a tall person to lay and take a NAP. And excellent seat depth of 23" gives enough space to double as a daybed. Consider this for an executive or creative office. Especially for those who have some great design and art books to show off. Featuring hefty black lacquered steel bar frame, walnut built-in magazine table with eight slots, and the fabric - appears to be nubby bouclé in dark grey with some warm brownish tones. Considered a 1st Generation as it was produced while Knoll was still Knoll Associates, and prior to their change to Knoll International and then later on Knoll Inc and Knoll Group. This example was produced in the early 1960s based on the 320 Park Ave address which was their showroom starting in 1961. The dark gray with slight brown tones nubby bouclé fabric appears to be vintage but we are uncertain if this is the original fabric or was reupholstered since its creation. It is in very good condition so was either (very) well cared for or was reupholstered at some point. The fabric is quite nice and while it is tempting to reupholster in new fabric - we love the look and feel of this nubby soft fabric so decided to keep it the way it is. The hefty lacquered black steel frame is in excellent condition with minimal light wear. The walnut magazine / book side table is in very good original condition with light warm patina. As my European friend says "gorgeous!" This large couch and table by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates would work great in a scandinavian or danish modern, Mid-Century Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a contemporary, Hollywood Regency or post-modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a traditional, classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. This living room set would also be an Apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge, members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Measurements: H 30" x W 120.5" x D 29" Width of Sofa without table: 90.5" Width of Table only: 30" Seat Height: 16" Seat Depth: 23" Condition: Very good original condition with minimal light wear. Ready to be used immediately.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Florence Knoll (Designer)
  • Design
    Florence Knoll SofaLounge Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 120.5 in. (306.07 cm)Depth: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Very good original condition with minimal light wear. Ready to be used immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330218232982

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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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