florence knoll 96" oval table

florence knoll 96" oval table

Design Florence Knoll, 1961
Steel frame, laminate, wood veneer or marble top
Made in Italy by Knoll

As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, Florence Knoll created what she modestly referred to as the "fill-in pieces that no one else wants to do." She refers to her own line of desks as the "meat and potatoes" which had to be provided. "I did it because I needed the piece of furniture for a job and it wasn't there, so I designed it." Like so many of her groundbreaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, the 1961 executive collection made its way into the pantheon of modern classics. Florence Knoll's designs are reserved and cool, severe and angular, reflecting the objective perfectionism of the early 1960s.

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.

oval table: 96" w | 54" d | 28" h
marble top version: 96" w | 54" d | 27.5" h

Available in three sizes with your choice of either laminate, wood veneer or marble top. Base is available in polished or satin chrome.

natural marble: $7,271.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special table to be created and shipped to your location. WHITE EXTRA MARBLE IS ON PRODUCTION HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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.
please configure
your selection below
quantity

$7,271.00

plus shipping