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  • Happy 100th Birthday to Florence Knoll

    Last week marked the 100th birthday of Florence Knoll whose signature style and pioneering spirit are at the core of everything Knoll. Her influence on the "total design" sensibility of Knoll cannot be overstated. Florence broadened the company’s existing array of furniture offerings, developed the Knoll Planning Unit, an interior design division of the company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior, and in 1947 she launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles.

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    Florence Knoll's early life was marred by tragedy when she was orphaned at age 12. After boarding school Florence enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she met Harry Bertoia, who would also collaborate with Knoll on modern furniture designs. During her formative years studying architecture in Chicago, Florence met many of the leading architects of the time, including Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.

    In 1941 she met Hans Knoll who was the third generation of a Stuttgart-based furniture manufacturing family, who sought to bring European Modernism to a new audience in the United States. They married in 1946 and renamed the company Knoll Associates.

     

    With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the relaxed edition offers a softer 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. With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the Relaxed Lounge Sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the Relaxed Edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit.

     

    In 1945 Florence Knoll started The Planning Unit, an interior design division of the furniture company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior. Florence Knoll’s meticulous methods of assessing a client’s needs were clear in her sketches, annotations, and especially the "paste-up" cardboard models she used to demonstrate envisioned spaces.

    Finding the marketing lacking, Florence Knoll also designed individual pieces of furniture. "I needed a piece of furniture, it was not there, so I designed it." - Florence Knoll.

    The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. Available in six table top finishes.

    Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection Perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed, the iconic Florence Knoll low credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office. Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection is perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed. The iconic Florence Knoll Credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office.

     

    In 1947, Florence Knoll  launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles. "It became apparent to me that suitable textiles were not available for our furniture and interiors," she wrote.

    Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard. Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard.

     

    In the early 1950s, under Florence Knoll's stewardship, the company developed a distinctive graphic identity, collaborating with Swiss photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter to design everything from advertisements and stationery to the company’s distinctive logo.

    But in 1955, her life was struck by a second tragedy when Hans Knoll was killed in an automobile accident and she suddenly found herself as Knoll’s sole owner. In 1957 she married again and continued in her capacity as Knoll's president and later as its director of design, but eventually sold the company to Art Metal Construction Company in 1959. Even after her departure from Knoll, the company continued to be inspired by her synthetic view of design and rigorous standards.

    To celebrate a century of Florence Knoll and her inspired brand of modernism, Knoll expanded the Florence Knoll Collection with the addition of new and archival products.

    Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Hairpin™ Stacking Table. The early design was based on Shu's wire studies done while she was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated to the immensely popular design for Knoll. Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Knoll Hairpin Stacking Table. The early design was based on her wire studies done while a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated into the immensely popular design for Knoll.

    The discipline of her practice and the inspired arrow of her ideas were lifelong attributes. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States.

     

    In the lasting acclaim for the planning projects she spearheaded and the pieces of furniture she quietly designed, Florence Knoll has continually proven her own mantra—that "good design is good business."

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  • Introducing the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair

    It is always exciting when a new chair debuts and the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair designed by the British team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby is very exciting. Marrying visual and material lightness with exceptional comfort, the Pilot Chair is an innovative swivel lounge chair with a striking, slim profile, equally suited for the home or office.

    Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair. Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair.

    The designers of the lounge chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture." The designers of the Pilot Lounge Chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot Chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture."

    The Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair offers a choice of a high or low back seat which features a unique upholstery substructure for greater flexibility, appears to float in the air, giving the chair a refined silhouette and an essential, timeless appeal.

    HyperFocal: 0 Here is the high back Pilot Chair, with upholstered arms, shown with the Knoll Piton Side Table, also designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.

    The low back Knoll Pilot Chair The low back Knoll Pilot Chair is very styling in one of the many leather upholstery options.

    introducing-pilot-hero Embodying refinement, comfort, and craftsmanship, the Pilot Chair is unmistakably contemporary but modern in sensibility. It features a cast-aluminum structure that links the crane-neck, 360-degree swivel base to the assembly of the seat and back, creating the impression that the cantilevered seat is almost floating.

    Also designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and taking cues from the aesthetic principles of modernism and pragmatic considerations of the height-adjustable stools manufactured for sewing professionals in the mid-century era, the Knoll Piton Stool and Side Table are equally well suited for industrial tasks and domestic settings.

    The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. They also have an outdoor option.

    Piton is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure. The Piton Stool is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure.

    “The pencil is the ultimate tool for the transfer of ideas from mind to paper,” says Edward Barber. In 2011 Barber and Osgerby were appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Their research-led practice has developed collections for Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, Cappellini, Magis, Swarovski, Flos and Established & Sons, while also producing special edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions. They are based in London.

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  • Muuto - The New Nordic

    Muuto is rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition, combining enduring aesthetics, functionality and craftsmanship. By expanding this Nordic heritage with forward looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking, Muuto's ambition is to deliver a new perspective on Scandinavian design.

    COVER chair, designed by Thomas Bentzen, is a modern reinterpretation of the classic wooden armchair. In a clever design choice, thin form pressed plywood covers are given the dual role of working as comfortable armrests, while at the same time ensuring that the chair holds together. COVER's contemporary design gives it a strong personality and with a frame produced from solid beech wood it is extremely robust and hardwearing. The chair is also very versatile, at home at the dining table, as a desk chair, in a restaurant, hotel room or any other public setting. The Muuto Cover Chair, designed by Thomas Bentzen, is a modern reinterpretation of the classic wooden armchair. In a clever design choice, thin pressed plywood covers act as comfortable armrests. Cover's contemporary design gives it a strong personality and with a frame produced from solid beech wood it is extremely robust. The chair is also very versatile, at home at the dining table, as a desk chair, in a restaurant, hotel room or any other public setting.

    The name Muuto comes from muutos, meaning "new perspective" in Finnish. Working with handpicked leading contemporary designers who are strong interpreters of the Muuto philosophy, then combining their talent with the passionate Muuto creative team, they create sublime objects that are recognized around the world.

    AROUND is a set of coffee tables designed by Thomas Bentzen with a modern and unique identity, produced with materials and craftsmanship that reflect traditional Scandinavian design values. The shape and frame of the tables makes them both functional and elegant, with a warm and welcoming appearance. AROUND tables work well on their own or in groups of two, three or more. with two sizes and more than eight different finishes, any number of unique set ups are possible to suit the particular home or public setting. The Muuto Around Coffee Table Collection, designed by Thomas Bentzen, offers a warm and welcoming appearance. The shape and frame of the tables make them both functional and elegant. Around Tables work well on their own or in groups of two or three, with two sizes and four finishes, any number of unique set ups are possible to suit your particular home or a public setting.

    UNDER THE BELL is a large lamp that creates a new space within a space whether hung over the dining room table or on the ceiling. Its eye-catching design can also help to absorb noise and improve the acoustics in large rooms. Designed by Iskos-Berlin, UNDER THE BELL creates a sense of shelter and adds a strong statement to any setting. Muuto's Under the Bell Pendant is a large lamp that creates a new space within a space whether hung over the dining room table or on the ceiling. Its eye-catching design can also help to absorb noise (it is made from felt) and improve the acoustics in large rooms. Designed by Iskos-Berlin, Under the Bell creates a sense of shelter and adds a strong statement to any setting.

    Inspired by the leaves on a tree, the LEAF lamp series creates an iconic silhouette depending on the positioning of the lamp's shade and viewing angle. LEAF is available in two sizes and uses energy-efficient LED technology. The lamps dim function makes it possible to control both light and mood and it is a stylish addition to any room, whether in the home, office or other commercial setting. Inspired by the leaves on a tree, the Muuto Leaf Table Lamp (also available as a floor lamp) creates an iconic silhouette depending on the positioning of the lamp's shade and viewing angle. Leaf is available in four coloured finish options and uses energy-efficient LED technology. The lamp's dimming function makes it possible to control both light and mood and it is a stylish addition to any room, whether in the home, office or other commercial setting.

    The iconic RESTORE basket has been expanded further into two exciting and functional new size options; the RESTORE TRAY and the RESTORE ROUND basket. Both of the new sizes are made of the same long-lasting and durable polymer felt composite as the original RESTORE and are versatile enough to be used in a variety of different ways. The ROUND basket is ideal for storing newspapers, firewood, toys, blankets and laundry. The Muuto Restore Basket is available in two exciting and functional large size options; the Restore Round Basket and the Restore Tray. Both of the new sizes are made of the same long-lasting and durable polymer felt composite and are very versatile. Ideal for storing newspapers, firewood, toys, blankets and laundry.

    With rows of tailored strips set across a soft pentagon shape, the Anderssen & Voll designed pouf evokes visions of lines of neatly ploughed fields. Careful detailing with the use of quilted material has given FIVE POUF the combination of both a linear profile and soft-curved edges, making it very versatile and easily adaptable to multiple settings. The pouf’s unique pentagon form is the ideal accompaniment to any sofa, working well as a seat for an extra guest or to liven up a dull corner. The Muuto Five Pouf's careful detailing gives it a combination of both a linear profile and soft-curved edges, making it very versatile and easily adaptable to multiple settings. The Pouf’s unique pentagon form is the ideal accompaniment to any sofa, working well as a seat for an extra guest or to liven up a dull corner.

    Muuto offers a new perspective on Nordic design, representing the best of Scandinavian design today.

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