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Warren Platner Executive Desk with Black Leather Top


Warren platner, leather, steel, executive sideboard for Knoll, United States, 1973. This heavy, sturdy desk is designed by the American modernist Warren platner. He is most known for his airy metal, sculptural lounge chairs. Perhaps it is surprising that this desk is also from his hand. The difference is explained by the fact that this desk belongs to the executive collection for high-end office spaces. The desk has two chrome-plated metal legs and a long top with oak edge and dark black leather finishing. Warren Platner (1919-2006) was an American architect who also designed interiors and furniture. In his early years, Platner worked for the architect Eero Saarinen. Platner is famous for his refined and theatrical designs and he did not shy away for color. Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.


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    H 28.94 in. x W 90.16 in. x D 42.92 in.H 73.5 cm x W 229 cm x D 109 cm
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.

     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.

     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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