florence knoll sofa

florence knoll sofa

Design Florence Knoll, 1954
Steel frame, upholstery
Made in USA by Knoll

Like so many of her groundbreaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, Florence Knoll's 1954 lounge collection has made its way into the pantheon of modern classics. Consists of a distinct, fully tufted, seat and back covering attached to an exposed metal frame and legs. The versatile collection includes lounge chair, settee and sofa, Ideal in both formal and informal settings.

While a student on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Florence Knoll Bassett became a protegée of Eero Saarinen. She worked briefly for Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Wallace K. Harrison. In 1946, she married Hans Knoll, after which they formed Knoll Associates. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionized interior space planning with her belief in "total design" - embracing all aspects of design principles which were radical departures from the standard practice in the 1950s, but were quickly adopted and remain widely used today. For her extraordinary contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious 2002 National Medal of Arts.

Sofa: 90.25" w | 31.5" d | 31.5" h | seat: 17" h | arm: 23" h

Available in your choice of fabric or leather upholstery. Pieces upholstered in leather have matching buttons; pieces upholstered in fabric do not have buttons.

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Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll Bassett (b. 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan as Florence Schust. She graduated from the Kingswood School before studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She also received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1941 and briefly worked with leaders of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Wallace K. Harrison. While a student on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Florence Knoll Bassett became a protegée of Eero Saarinen. In 1946, she married Hans Knoll, and they formed Knoll Associates. When Hans Knoll died in a car accident in 1955, Florence Knoll took over operation of the company. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionized interior space planning with her belief in "total design.” For her contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious 2002 National Medal of Arts.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer’s seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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