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FLORENCE KNOLL 1917 - 2019

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Florence Knoll (USA) was an architect and product designer, who concentrated on the ‘office’. She favoured modernist and functional designs and aimed to make office work more comfortable and efficient. She worked closely with her husband Hans Knoll. In the 1930s, she studied architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and town planning at Columbia University. She was influenced by Bauhaus design, especially the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. She studied under Mies van der Rohe, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, in the late 1930s.  
 
 
 
When she graduated, she went to work in New York as an architect, but was often given the design of interiors. She later went to work for the Hans G. Knoll Furniture Company, where she met her husband, Hans Knoll. They became business partners and the company name changed to Knoll Associates.
 
Knoll Associates furniture design, was influenced by Florence. She was able to call upon her connections with international designers and some designed furniture for Knoll. She also collaborated with Lella Vignelli. The Florence Knoll modernist style, became established and popular in post war USA. She is remembered for her collections of designs, “in the style of Florence Knoll”.

The iconic Womb Chair, designed by Eero Saarinen, for Knoll in 1948. Florence Knoll asked Eero Saarinen to design a chair, that was like a ‘basket full of pillows’. It is designed to allow numerous seating positions, as the cushions are separate and can be arranged as the user requires. The chair has a fibre glass shell, with chromed steel legs and frame. The small ‘glides’ / ‘feet’ under each leg, are manufactured from stainless steel and allow the chair to be pushed and pulled across the floor.

 
 
THE KNOLL ARMCHAIR -1954
Inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona Chair 1929 - see below).
 
The Armchair is in the typical Knoll style, reflecting minimalism and function. Its straight lines and cuboid form, combine to produce a refined, classic design. Designed to be suitable for an office and the home.
 
 
 
 
FLORENCE KNOLL MULTI-DRAWER CREDENZA BY KNOLL ASSOCIATES - 1961
A stunning white polished marble-top, with a chrome base and drawers. It was designed to replace the traditional desk and drawers, found in an office.
 
 
FLORENCE KNOLL - HAIRPIN™ STACKING TABLE - 1947
Composed of bent steel rods and a veneered laminate top. First for sale in 1948 and yet a timeless design. As modern looking today, as it was when first introduced. The bent form of the legs, give this piece its name ‘hairpin’. Up to five tables and be stacked together . A lightweight, function and stylish table.
 
 
 
 
ROUND OAKWOOD DINING TABLE BY FLORENCE KNOLL - FOR KNOLL
LATE 1960S
This can be a conference table or dining table, depending on the users needs. The heavy chrome steel legs, with a central chrome steel tube centre, provide stability. The legs have small feet, that can be adjusted, to ensure the table is level on uneven surfaces. The oak top is slightly bevelled on the under surface, adding style.
 
 
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