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.

Read more about Florence Knoll in Introspective Magazine.

Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa Walnut Frame Restored, New Blue Upholstery
Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa Walnut Frame Res...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Classic florence Knoll tufted back sofa with the highly desirable walnut frame. Beautiful light blue color expertly restored and reupholstered. Excellent in every way.
Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
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 International
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 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
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
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 International Modell 27 BC
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 Florence Knoll International
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 Walnut
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...
Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System Settee
Knoll, Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
Freshly upholstered in a light gray Knoll fabric. Stylish and beautiful. Designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. Original Knoll Associates Inc., Park Avenue label, circa 1970. Steel br...
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates Parallel Ba...
Knoll, Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
Freshly upholstered in a light gray Knoll fabric. Brushed chrome steel base with black finish. Measure: 24" wide x 30" deep x 30" high x 16" seat height.  
Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Stainless Steel
Pair of parallel-bar lounge chairs by Florence Knoll. Steel-framed cradles with upholstered seats and backs. An American midcentury Classic.
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...
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.
Pair of Teak Dressers by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Matched pair of dressers in teak designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Each dresser with three drawers, top drawers with dividers, on chromed steel bases. One dresser w...
Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Sof...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Stainless Steel
An iconic sofa designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll in the early 1960s. It features a stainless steel frame with fuchsia tweed upholstery.
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 Chairs, Set of Four Model 65A, 1...
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Steel, Leather
Florence Knoll. Armchair, model #65A (set of four). Knoll, USA, circa 1965. Leather, matte chrome-plated steel. Measures: 34 W x 32 D x 31 H inches. Literature: Knoll Furniture: 1...
Florence Knoll Walnut Credenza or Cabinet for K...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Steel, Wood, Lacquer
Florence Knoll designed credenza/cabinet for Knoll. USA, 1950s Features dark walnut exterior and legs with white lacquered doors stainless drawer pulls. Very good condition with...
1940s Florence Knoll Sofa Three-Seat Sofa, Mode...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Birch
Florence Knoll sofa three-seat sofa with birch base, Model 26, 1947. Matched pair available, from single estate ownership. USA, circa 1947. Measures: 30 H x 90 W x 32 D inches...
Tulip Table in Small Size 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 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 Upholstered Three-Seat Armless Sofa
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Chrome
Mid-Century Modern, three-seat, armless sofa by Florence Knoll features a chrome frame with new, box-stitch upholstery in medium gray, cotton linen.
Matching Pair of Florence Knoll Maple Chests
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Laminate, Wood
A pair of four-drawer dressers designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1958. Constructed of beautiful maple with white laminate tops.
Pair of Early Florence Knoll Chests or Nightsta...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
Pair of early walnut Florence Knoll chests or nightstands. Comes with third middle section that forms a dresser vanity or desk. Early label. Tops have been refinished, cabinets have ...
Florence Knoll, Stacking Stools, USA, C. 1952
Florence Knoll
20th Century American Stools
Laminate, Rubber
Set of four stools in laminate with enameled iron legs by Florence Knoll Measure: Diameter of top 13" Illustrated in Modern Furniture Classics Postwar to Post-modernism by Charlot...
Florence Knoll Credenza in Teak and Linen
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Steel, Linen, Teak
A very good early example of Knoll credenza, completely restored to a very high standard, and ready for your home!
Florence Knoll Dining with Amazing Custom Inlai...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Terrazzo
Classic chromed steel Florence Knoll rectangular dining with amazing custom inlaid terrazzo top, terrazzo top features actual glass objects floating / inlaid, glasses, tumblers, shot...
Florence Knoll Wall Hanging Cabinet
Florence Knoll
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Early Florence Knoll wall hanging cabinet with two sliding doors. (This is a wall hanging cabinet and will need to be mounted to the wall. The Lucite stand is not included in the sa...
Four Florence Knoll Lounge Chairs
Florence Knoll
2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Four Florence Knoll for Knoll lounge chairs. These examples are newer production from within the past few years and are upholstered in a Knoll Highland textile in gray and have polis...
Rare 1950s Florence Knoll Lounge Chair Mod. 65a...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Metal
Beautiful,large and restored 1950s Florence Knoll Mod. 65a armchair, reupholstered and covered with new grey woven fabric, very good condition. Made by Knoll International.
Florence Knoll Rosewood and Black Stone Sideboard
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Steel, Stoneware, Rosewood
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, rosewood, stone, United States, 1961. Iconic credenza with chromed base designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. Thi...
Monumental Custom Florence Knoll Rosewood Credenza
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Steel, Carrara Marble, Rosewood
Florence Knoll design for Knoll International, Credenza from a Palm Springs, California residence. (large vase by Clyde Burt, sold separately) Features, heavily figured Brazilian ros...
Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Chrome, Steel, Upholstery
The armless three-seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll has a chromium-plated parallel base with black finish. The three-seat and back cushions provides a very comfort seating and com...
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...
Early Bar Stools by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Steel, Leather
Bar stools designed by Florence Knoll, and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1952. Tops newly upholstered in top quality medium grey leather.
Rosewood Florence Knoll for Knoll Boat Shaped T...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, table model 580, in rosewood, United States, 1958-1976. Large dining table with boat shaped top in rosewood. The table can easily seat 12 p...
Florence Knoll Marble and Rosewood Desk, 1960
Florence Knoll
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Chrome, Carrara Marble, Rosewood
Florence Knoll Desk Knoll, circa 1960 Stainless steel, marble and rosewood Perfect condition.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates Parallel Ba...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Faux Leather
Rare Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System lounge chair in good vintage condition.
Florence Knoll Dining or Conference Table for K...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Dining Room Tables
Classic Florence Knoll design, chrome-plated steel base with cherrywood top. Made by Knoll.
Florence Knoll Walnut Coffee Table
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Walnut
Walnut coffee table on brushed aluminum base. Part of a matched set that is being offered for the first time since the original owners first purchased in 1962.
Florence Knoll Three-Piece Vanity and Chest of ...
Florence Knoll, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Walnut
Great walnut dresser set consisting of two four-drawer chests and a removable single drawer desk/ vanity. This unit features the more common white laminate top. Chrome pulls offer a ...
Pair of Florence Knoll Walnut End Tables
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
First time out of original owner's home since purchased in 1962.
Florence Knoll Walnut Extension Dining Table
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Knoll extension table with one 28" removable leaf. First time out of the original owner's home since purchased in 1962.
Florence Knoll Walnut Credenza
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Chrome, Walnut
Walnut office credenza resting on a chrome base. The interior has four storage areas with one adjustable shelf in each section. Two sides are lockable with original keys.
Pair of Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Slipper Chairs
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wool
First time out of original owner's home since purchase in 1962. Original knoll fabric is in like new 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.
Florence Knoll Walnut Credenza
Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Stainless Steel, Walnut
Vintage credenza, first time out of the original owner's home since first purchased in 1962. Walnut frame on stainless steel legs with lacquered doors. The interior has four storage ...
Florence Knoll Early "T-Bar" Slat Coffee or Sid...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
An early Florence Knoll "T-Bar" coffee or side table, made of a black lacquered metal frame with a top of wooden slats. The feet are T-shaped, giving the table its name. This table w...
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.
Eero Saarinen, Tulip Stool for Knoll
Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Aluminum, Wool
Clean tulip stool in original teal Knoll fabric.
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 Walnut and Angle Steel Coffee Ta...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
Classic Florence Knoll walnut and angle steel coffee table or bench, 1950s.
Florence Knoll Sofa, Chrome Frame with New Ligh...
Florence Knoll, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Chrome
Florence Knoll sofa for Knoll Associates. This is the original 1960s production that has been expertly restored and reupholstered in Maharam remix light to medium gray fabric. Beauti...
Quite Unique Florence Knoll Three-Door Hanging ...
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Designed in 1947 and made by Knoll International. Only build on special order. One drop front door and two sliding doors. One cutlery drawer and several shelfs. Signed. Teak wood -...
Florence Knoll Seagrass Credenza Designed for K...
Knoll, Florence Knoll
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal
Florence Knoll for Knoll, cane, black ebonized wood, metal, cane, United States, 1961. This sideboard is designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International and was designed for th...
Florence Knoll Sofa in Camel Wool Flannel
Florence Knoll
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Wool, Upholstery, Chrome
The Classic Florence Knoll Sofa; a quintessential piece of midcentury design. This contemporary edition example (2006) is upholstered in a soft Knoll Textiles wool flannel in Camel. ...
Florence Knoll Sofa in Navy Velvet
Florence Knoll
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Velvet, Chrome
The Classic Florence Knoll sofa, completely restored and reupholstered. We completely restored this piece based on original specifications. Using a high quality supple deep navy velv...
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