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Florence Knoll 23" Square Coffee Table, Uncoated Emperador Dark Marble & Chrome

$1,479per item

About

The Florence Knoll coffee table, designed to furnish the new interiors of postwar America, is a scaled-down translation of the lines, gestures and materials of modern architecture. Consistent with all of her designs, the table has a spare, geometric presence that reflects the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from Mies van der Rohe. Top in *uncoated* Emperador Dark marble with polished chrome base. Measures: 23" Square. Note: Marble is a natural material. Hues, veins, crystals, fossils and distinctive marks will vary from piece to piece. Please use the image only as a guide.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Florence Knoll (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)Depth: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Contemporary
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Limited Edition)
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    East Greenville, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: QH45033G2510T1stDibs: LU5477221315552

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    Ships From: Allentown, PA
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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.

About The Maker

Knoll brings timeless modern design to contemporary spaces. We help to create inspiring interiors for living, dining and working from home, through innovative contemporary designs and authentic Knoll Classics. Since our founding in 1938, we have been recognized as a design leader worldwide. We believe good design is good business. Our commitment to innovation and modern design has yielded an extensive portfolio of furniture, and our designs are exhibited in major art museums. Our landmark collaborations with celebrated architects and designers, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Warren Platner and Frank Gehry, have led to some of the most influential designs of the twentieth century.
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