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Florence Knoll, Rare Wall Unit, Teak & Seagrass, 1952 for Knoll International

$21,781.37

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Rare wall shelf unit by Florence Knoll. Made by Knoll International, Stuttgart in 1952. Cabinets and shelves are made of teak. The interiors are veneered with maple. Cabinet fronts in white. The doors of the cabinet modules elegantly sink into the bottom of the slopes after opening, which also allows for permanently open use - since no doors protrude into the room. The shelves are each variable in height. The wall panels are covered with sea grass (the fourth panel is present, but not visible in the photos - you can also omit the panels and then have as a background the color of your respective wall). The panels are simply inserted between the vertical aluminum strips - the complete shelving system is very easy and intuitive to assemble! The upper part of the shelf is illuminated. We have mounted daylight fluorescent tubes, these are available as standard illuminants in normal trade. The condition is very nice for a furniture almost 70 years old, there are normal signs of use. There is an additional shelf that is included. 1x shelf board: 28cm deep & 65cm wide 1x cabinet: 40cm deep, 65cm wide & 47cm high Dear interior designers, architects and of course all other interested parties - due to the image compression of 1stdibs the photos of the articles shown here are unfortunately mostly rather spongy and possibly not suitable for customer presentations. To judge colors and nuances correctly, please use a mac retina display to view our photos!

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About the Designer

Florence Knoll

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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