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Florence Knoll Relaxed Sofa

florence knoll relaxed sofa

florence knoll relaxed sofa

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

In celebration of 100 years of Florence Knoll and to honor her legacy, Knoll has launched a new set of designs inspired by archival products. Florence Knoll's classic lounge chair is now available in a soft version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit. Consistent with all of Knoll's designs, it has a spare, angular profile that reflects the objective perfectionism of modern design in the early 1960s. Her lounge collection, designed in 1954, is a perfect example of her restrained, geometric approach to furniture, clearly derived from her favorite mentor, Mies van der Rohe.

The Florence Knoll Relaxed Lounge Collection is comprised of a Lounge Chair, Settee and Sofa. The Sofa and Settee will feature increased seat depths while the Lounge Chair dimensions will remain the same as the standard version. The Collection features an exposed metal frame and legs in heavy gauge steel with a polished chrome finish. The inner frame is solid wood with seat suspension with springs and arm, seat and back cushions in multi-density foam. The seat and back covering is tufted and covered with polyester fiberfill to enhance comfort. Please note: pieces upholstered in leather have matching buttons while pieces upholstered in fabric do not have buttons. KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature are stamped into the base frame.

sofa: 91" w | 35" d | 31.25" h | seat: 18.25" h | arm: 23.5" h | 177 lbs.

$9,447.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

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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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