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Florence Knoll, Sideboard 1968 Seagrass Doors and Walnut by Knoll International

$9,196.09Asking Price


Sideboard (Mod°123) from 1968, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International - this version was produced in 1968 by Knoll International in Stuttgart. The sliding doors are woven with Seagrass, a beautiful, warm and subtle detail. Stitched leather strips as handles. The body is made of oiled walnut on the outside, light maple was processed on the inside - a fine contrast. Overall, the sideboard seems very delicate - depth of 45cm, a dreamlike piece of design history, over 50 years old! It comes from first ownership of a Paris collection and has always been maintained, the condition is simply beautiful, with a patina which you can not imitate. The original Knoll manufacturing label can be found on the back, as well as the fixtures for wall hanging. Backside is also veneered with walnut, so the board can also be placed freely in the room. Dimensions in cm: 45cm deep 77cm high, 180cm wide 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. If you need high-resolution photo data of an article, be it for a possible presentation or to better judge details, please contact us - we will send you the pictures immediately. To judge colors and nuances correctly, please use a mac retina display to view our photos.


  • Creator
    Florence Knoll (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Width: 70.87 in. (180 cm)Depth: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Munster, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1391221805572

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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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