Florence Knoll Furniture

Florence Knoll (USA, b. 1917)

Architect, furniture designer, interior designer, entrepreneur — Florence Knoll had a subtle but profound influence on the course of mid-century American modernism. Dedicated to functionality and organization, and never flamboyant, Knoll shaped the ethos of the post-war business world with her polished, efficient design and skillfully realized office plans.

     Knoll had perhaps the most thorough design education of any of her peers. Florence Schust was orphaned at age 12, and her guardian sent her to Kingswood, a girl’s boarding school that is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community in suburban Detroit. Her interest in design brought her to the attention of Eliel Saarinen, the Finnish architect and head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Saarinen and his wife took the talented child under their wing, and she became close to their son, the future architect Eero Saarinen. While a student at the Academy, Florence befriended artist-designer Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames. Later, she studied under three of the Bauhaus masters who emigrated to the United States. She worked as an apprentice in the Boston architectural offices of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught her at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

     In 1941, she met Hans Knoll, whose eponymous furniture company was just getting off the ground. They married in 1946, and her design sense and his business skills soon made Knoll Inc. a leading firm in its field. Florence signed up the younger Saarinen as a designer, and would develop pieces by Bertoia, Mies and the artist Isamu Noguchi. Her main work came as head of the Knoll Planning Group, designing custom office interiors for clients such as IBM and CBS. The furniture Florence created for these spaces reflects her Bauhaus training: the pieces are pure functional design, exactingly built; their only ornament from the materials, such as wood and marble. Her innovations — the oval conference table, for example, conceived as a way to ensure clear sightlines among all seated at a meeting — were always in the service of practicality.

     Since her retirement in 1965, Knoll received the National Medal of Arts, among other awards; in 2004 the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted the exhibition “Florence Knoll: Defining Modern” — well deserved accolades for a strong, successful design and business pioneer. As demonstrated on these pages, the simplicity of Knoll’s furniture is her work’s great virtue: they fit into any interior design scheme.

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Early Walnut Credenza by Florence Knoll for Knoll
Early Walnut Credenza by Florence Knoll for Knoll
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Steel, Leather, Oak, Walnut
Beautiful condition! Walnut exterior with an oak interior. The interior features all adjustable shelves and a small drawer. The walnut sliding doors are in perfect condition and w...
Florence Knoll for Knoll International Dresser
Florence Knoll for Knoll International Dresser
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Laminate, Walnut
Florence Knoll for Knoll International dresser in walnut with chrome drawer pulls and white laminate top.
Pair of Florence Knoll Armless Sofas, Walnut Frames and Original Green Fabric
Pair of Florence Knoll Armless Sofas, Walnut Fr...
Dunbar Furniture, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Early set of 2 Florence Knoll armless sofas. These are in original condition and usable as is. No stains or tears to the fabric, however, we have priced these lower keeping in mind t...
Teak and Marble Florence Knoll Executive Small Chest for Knoll
Teak and Marble Florence Knoll Executive Small ...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chrome, Marble, Teak
Iconic Florence Knoll design from the executive line, this teak five-drawer chest is freestanding, raised on chrome steel base. Dated 1972. Model 2542M.
 Knoll T-Angle Tuxedo Occasional Table 1952 Mid-Century Modern Black & White
Knoll T-Angle Tuxedo Occasional Table 1952 Mid...
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iron
Eternally fresh -- one of my favorite modern table designs --> Florence Knoll's T-angle occasional / coffee table. Early (1952) Knoll Associates production. Enameled steel and white ...
Modern Floating Wall Mount Walnut Cabinet by Florence Knoll
Modern Floating Wall Mount Walnut Cabinet by Fl...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll floating wall mount walnut credenza, sideboard or storage unit. Label still present on the back of the piece.
Florence Knoll Club Chair
Florence Knoll Club Chair
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American International Style Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Fabric
Florence Knoll designed club chair with polished chrome base, produced by Knoll, circa 1960s. Evidently reupholstered sometime in the 1980s, with a fabric selection from that period...
Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Chrome
Armless lounge chair by Florence Knoll upholstered in blue fabric with chrome legs and supports.
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Bedroom Set of 3 Dressers and Nightstand
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Bedroom Set o...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Laminate, Walnut
For your consideration is a phenomenal bedroom set by Florence Knoll, circa 1960s. The set includes two lowboy dressers, a highboy and a nightstand. All four pieces are walnut, with ...
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Single Drawer Walnut Nightstand, 1960s
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Single Drawer...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Walnut
For your consideration is a marvelous, walnut nightstand, with a single drawer and white laminate top, by Florence Knoll, circa the 1960s. In very good condition. The dimensions are ...
Tulip Coffee Table

Tulip Coffee Table

By Eero Saarinen
Tulip Coffee Table
Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
Eero Saarinen designed this elegant tulip base coffee table for Knoll. The 54" white Carrara marble Top is in excellent condition and original and bares the paper label from 1959.
Knoll Tulip Chairs

Knoll Tulip Chairs

By Florence Knoll
Knoll Tulip Chairs
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
This set of 10 Florence Knoll dining chairs are in amazingly good condition and have been upholstered in natural black cow hide.
Warren Platner Dining Table
Florence Knoll, Warren Platner
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This Warren Platner for Knoll designed Dining Table this has a chrome cage base and a bevelled glass top.
Tulip Side Table by Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Iron, Walnut
Simply elegant side table, designed by Eero Saarinen, manufactured by Florence Knoll in the 1950s. The base is made of cast iron and has been recently powder coated in the original w...
Florence Knoll for Knoll Hanging Wall Cabinet
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Leather, Walnut, Paint
Florence Knoll for Knoll hanging wall cabinet with drop doors and original paint, wood finish and leather tabs. Metal cleat included. Bought from original owner.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Dresser and Desk/Vanit...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Formica, Walnut
Florence Knoll for Knoll dresser and desk/vanity in walnut with white Formica tops and chrome drawer pulls. One three drawer and the other four with one drawer in suspended vanity/de...
Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Highboy Walnu...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
For your consideration is a marvelous, five-drawer dresser, made of wood, with chrome pulls and a laminate top, by Florence Knoll, circa the 1960s. In excellent condition. Has the or...
Wall-Mounted Florence Knoll Credenza
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Classic walnut and lacquer sliding door credenza by Florence Knoll. Original leather pulls.
Florence Knoll Walnut Coffee Table Bench
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Florence Knoll design walnut and angular steel frame coffee table or bench, newly refinished, circa 1950s.
Florence Knoll "T" Angle Mahogany and Iron Dini...
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Iron, Mahogany
A Florence Knoll "T" angle dining table with iron frame and mahogany top. The newly finished top is treated to be used indoor or outside.
Oval Rosewood Table or Desk by Florence Knoll
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood
Beautiful grain Brazilian rosewood 96" oval top on chrome steal base.
Pair of Early Florence Knoll Wall Hanging Cabin...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1940s American Modern Cabinets
Two cabinets, one with sliding doors, the other with two drop down doors. Each has adjustable shelves. Teak cases with oak and glass shelves. Leather pull tabs. Retains Knoll label. ...

Florence Knoll Sofa

By Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Fabric, Chrome
Sofa designed by Florence Knoll, and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1966. Newly upholstered, including all new foam, etc. If you would like a swatch of this fabric, please just...
Mid-Century Modern Teak Knoll Dresser Chests an...
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Laminate, Teak
Vintage three piece dresser set in teak designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1950s. This set includes a pair of matching dressers with aluminum pulls and a removable drawer vanity or de...
Rare Large Knoll Rosewood Dresser
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Steel, Chrome, Wood, Masonite
Long rare dresser in rosewood designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Each section with three drawers, all drawers with original dividers, on long chromed steel base. One...
Pair of Thin Pad Tubular Brno Knoll Cream Leath...
Florence Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Chrome
Chrome tubular Brno Mies van der Rohe thin pad off-white leather chairs. This is a super sleek rare thin pad version. Nice cream leather upholstery.   
Florence Knoll Large Black and White Lacquered ...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
A very nice sideboard from Florence Knoll edited and signed by Knoll International, circa 1950s. The cabinet features four sliding drawers with leather pulls that reveal shelf within...
1960s Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa with Chrom...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Naugahyde, Chrome
A pair of three-seat sofas from the 1960s Mid-Century Modern era by Florence Knoll. Well constructed featuring a minimalist geometric form with button tufted cushioning and set on a ...
Authentic Original Vintage Knoll Stacking Stool...
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Original Florence Knoll model 75 stacking table (or Stool) in fine, unrestored vintage condition. Birch top with white enameled hairpin legs. Design originates 1947-1948. Retains "bu...

Florence Knoll Sofa

By Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Chrome
Model no. 26 three-seat sofa. Upholstered with new foam in Cato fabric. Chrome plated legs. Measures: SH 20.
Florence Knoll Executive Walnut and Chrome Desk
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Steel, Chrome, Wood, Walnut
Designer: by Florence Knoll Manufacturer: Knoll Inc. Country of origin: United States Date of manufacture: 1950-1959 Materials: Walnut wood, chromed steel Period style: Mid-Cent...
Set of Four Chairs by Harry Bertoïa for Knoll,...
Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Set of four chairs by Harry Bertoïa for Knoll, 1970s.  
Florence Knoll Elliptical Oval Oak Table on Chr...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Oak
Original vintage Florence Knoll elliptical oval dining table or desk in oakwood with beveled edge on polished chromed steel pedestal and four star X base. Beautifully restored and...
Pair of Early Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs from...
Florence Knoll, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wool, Walnut
Beautiful pair of Florence Knoll lounge chairs from 1967. A copy of the original Knoll Associates order form dating 05/16/1967 will be included. The lounge chairs have been completel...
Florence Knoll Conference Table or Dining Table
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Oak
Florence Knoll for Knoll, custom ordered for standard oil in Los Angeles large-scale table, features book-matched bleached oak veneer with classic Knoll beveled edge, square tubular ...
1950s Florence Knoll 'Parallel Bar' Settee
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Upholstery, Chrome, Steel
Settee designed in 1954 by Florence Knoll composed of a matte chrome-plated steel and enameled steel frame. Foam and upholstery were updated in roughly the 1980s. Light plum upholste...
Clear Blue 3 Seat Sofa by Florence Knoll, 1954
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel
This 3 seat sofa, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1954, is a timeless classic and example of midcentury modern furniture. The exposed metal frame with tubular s...
Clear Blue Easy Chair by Florence Knoll, 1954
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel
This easy chair, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1954, is a timeless classic and example of Mid-Century Modern furniture. The exposed metal frame with tubular s...
Early Florence Knoll Cabinet, circa 1947
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Leather, Wood
Early florence Knoll designed cabinet / credenza for Knoll. Cabinet features a birch exterior and two pull down doors with leather tabs that reveal an original white interior. This i...
Pair of Red Armless Lounge Chairs by Florence K...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Chrome
Excellent pair of parallel bar armless lounge chairs design by Florence Knoll for Knoll. These have been expertly reupholstered in crimson Knoll classic boucle. The chromed steel fra...
Rare Florence Knoll Rosewood Pair of Nightstand...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Rosewood
Florence Knoll nightstand, pair in original condition Knoll USA , 1956 Rosewood Measure: 18 W x 18 D x 20 H inches. Pair of nightstands have a single drawer above a lower shelf.
Florence Knoll Rosewood and Chrome Mirror
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Chrome, Rosewood
Rare Knoll mirror, rosewood and chrome mirror, can be displayed vertically or horizontally.
Florence Knoll Dining Table or Desk
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Oak
Florence Knoll for Knoll International oval dining table or executive desk. Attractive oakwood-grained top with bevelled edge, X base, solid plated steel legs, plastic glides.   L...
Round Table by Florence Knoll for Knoll
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Modern Dining Room Tables
54" Round wooden top on four star chrome base. Table is in excellent condition.
Florence Knoll Two-Tone Lacquer and Walnut Cred...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Leather, Walnut, Lacquer
Elegant credenza designed by architect and designer Florence Knoll and manufactured by Knoll Associates Inc, circa 1950s. This iconic design features a walnut wood case over six waln...
Florence Knoll Birch T Angle Architectural Coff...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch
Birch T angle coffee table designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates, Inc., circa 1960s. Table measures 45" wide by 23.5" deep by 16" high. Good condition with some faint stain...
Florence Knoll Walnut Wall-Mounted Drop Front C...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Leather, Walnut, Wood
The simplicity of Florence Knoll's iconic cabinets are unmistakable. This model in wall mounted with adjustable shelving and open storage behind the drop front doors with leather pulls.
Midcentury 1950s Florence Knoll Dining Table
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Conference Tables
Refinished Mid-Century Modern walnut expanding dining table. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Originally shown in the 1957 Knoll catalogue as #303 extension tabl...
Florence Knoll Grasscloth Walnut, 1950s Credenz...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Grasscloth, Chrome, Walnut
An original, 1960s walnut and grass cloth two door cabinet with leather pulls and chrome legs. Very modern and clean design interior shelving and trays. Located in our New York City ...
Florence Knoll Tufted Brown Leather and Chrome ...
Florence Knoll
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Chrome
Classic Florence Knoll chocolate brown leather bench with button tufting and piping on chrome base.
Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Metal
Three-seat sofa by Florence Knoll and made by Knoll International. The sofa was newly upholstery, circa three years ago. The condition is very good.  
Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs for Knoll Internat...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Metal
Pair of lounge chairs by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. The chairs was newly upholstery circa three years ago. Very good condition.  
Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Armless Sofa
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wool, Chrome
Super clean sofa from 1962 with the original Knoll fabric.
Floating Walnut Coffee Table by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Walnut
Mid-Century Modern, square coffee table by Florence Knoll features a floating walnut top and steel frame.
Midcentury Florence Knoll Armless Sofas, a Pair
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Cotton
These two sofas were designed by Florence Knoll in the 1950s. They are a three-seater and are armless, providing open space and easy access on three sides. While the base is the orig...
Two, Two-Seat Sofa by Florence Knoll Internatio...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Metal
Two, two-seat sofa by Florence Knoll International Modell 27 BC Sofa "27 BC" by Florence Knoll, 1949 This seating group is an early original. It consists of two two-seat sofa mode...
Pair of Midcentury Side or Sofa Table by Floren...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Pair of midcentury side, coffee, couch or sofa table by Florence Knoll International, 1960s, Germany Set of two square coffee table by Florence Knoll, original condition, incl. labe...
Outstanding Florence Knoll Executive Desk in Wa...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Walnut
Knoll. circa 1965 Walnut, chrome Measures 29" tall, 32" deep and 66" wide. Produced circa 1965 by Knoll International, this desk by Florence Knoll features an all chrome frame with...
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