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Florence Knoll Sofas

American, 1917-2019
American, 1917-2019

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 postwar 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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off White Leather and Stainless Steel Parallel Bar Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Off white leather and brush stainless steel parallel bar sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This came out of the Australian embassy and retains their label. This was reupho...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Florence Knoll Three-Seat Rosewood Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll, model 2553 RW. This piece was designed with a custom rosewood frame and original red crimson textile fabric. Seat cushions are su...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Rosewood

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Modular Lounge Chairs Model '51'
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, lounge chairs model '51', teak, fabric, United States, 1955 Stunning pair of Florence Knoll's parallel bar lounge chair, model '51'. The fr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International. Upholstered in gorgeous Sina Pearson fabric. Florence Knoll was a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern...
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Early 2000s American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll, Sofa Model 66A for Knoll, circa 1960
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Two seat sofa model 66A designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll International, circa 1960. This chair was manufactured only from 1958 to 1975. Newly re-upholstered with a ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll for Knoll Dusky Pink Fabric Relax Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Florence Knoll in 1954, this sofa is a fantastic example of the modern aesthetic of the era. The design has since been updated to the Relax model which offe...
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2010s Italian Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll for Knoll Model 26 Sofa with Original Fabric
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Florence Knoll Model 26 early sofa in it's original fabric! Bought this Sofa from the Original Owners almost 20 years ago and just bought back again from People I sold the set to in ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery

Rare No. 33 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Seldom seen 3-seat version of an iconic design by Florence Knoll.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Velvet

Florence Knoll for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Sofa in Fuchsia
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Pristine Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pristine Florence Knoll sofa for Knoll International. Upholstered in gorgeous Sina Pearson fabric. Florence Knoll was a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern...
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Early 2000s American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Black Leather Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
A midcentury Knoll classic designed by Florence Knoll. This three person sofa features tufted black leather upholstery with chrome plated steel legs. Measures: 90". Recently restored.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

1960's Florence Knoll Lounge Series Sofa Settee by Knoll International
By Florence Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vintage Florence Knoll 2 seater 'lounge series' sofa with original 2nd generation upholstery in a coarse woven off-white mottled wool fabric. This sofa dates from the first series ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Sofa Model 67A by Florence Knoll for Knoll International, USA, 1950s
By Florence Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Sofa Model 67A by Florence Knoll for Knoll International the sofa is new upholstered in Knoll textile fabric.
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1950s American Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Three-Seat Sofa on Chrome Frame
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful off-white woven fabric with the Classic box tufting. In really nice shape, fabric is clean and chrome is in very nice condition. With original Knoll label.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Model 32 Sofa, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
This rare model 32 sofa is in used condition but still original. Designer: Florence Knoll Bassett Manufacturer: Knoll Inc. Country: USA Model: 32 sofa Design period: 1...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Original Florence Knoll Loveseat 3-Seat Sofa Chenille
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern original early 1960s Florence Knoll 3 seat White woven chenille fabric zig zag sofa. Good vintage condition foam and upholstery is in vintage condition. Low profil...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

1970's Florence Knoll Armless Lounge Settee Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Completely original early 1970's Knoll armless lounge settee. Tufted Knoll upholstered seating on a mirror chromed steel frame. It is in very good vintage condition. Upholstery a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Very Early and Rare No. 578 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
From the estate of the famous architect Viljo Revell. Hard foam. Designed in 1954. Original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

Florence Knoll for Knoll International Sofa '2557'
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sofa model 2557, teak, fabric upholstery, United States, design 1955 Modern sofa with teak wooden base an grey fabric upholstery designed by ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Florence Knoll, Sofa Model 33 for Knoll, circa 1960
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Three seat sofa model 33 designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll International, circa 1960. This sofa was manufactured only from 1954 to 1968. Original Piece from the 1960...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Long Sofa w/ Table Chrome Frame, 1960's
By Florence Knoll
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Florence Knoll long sofa w/ table chrome frame, 1960's. Upholstered 2010 in Knoll fabric. Note photos for fabric color, pattern and condition. Purchased 1966, Royal Oak, MI. Walnut t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Very early Florence Knoll sofa circa 1950 completely restored including all new 8 way hand tied springs, all new high grade foam cushions and new woven wool upholstery. The solid map...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Maple, Textile

Vintage/MCM Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Florence Knoll sofa. It has original upholstery in great condition!
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Florence Knoll 3-Seat Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Florence Knoll 3-seat sofa. Nice original condition.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll for Knoll Beige Fabric Relaxed Three Seater Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Florence Knoll in 1954, this sofa is a fantastic example of the modern aesthetic of the era. The design has since been updated to the Relaxed model which of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll Sofa on Chrome Legs
By Florence Knoll
Located in Stamford, CT
A Florence Knoll sofa on chrome legs. Newly reupholstered.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Early Florence Knoll Mid Century Daybed Slipper Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Florence Knoll Mid Century daybed slipper sofa Sofa measures: 84.75 wide x 29.5 deep x 30.25 high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in wha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Florence Knoll Sofa, Signed
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined sofa, designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll Studios, circa 2015. This is the "Relaxed" model, which is slightly deeper for more comfort. This model is priced at over $8000...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll International
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
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.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal, Chrome

Pair of Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Settee Sofas in “Sabrina” Brown Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
Pair of Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” settee sofas in “Sabrina” mahogany brown leather On offer on this occasion is a rare, original identical pair of “Florence Knoll” settee sofa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Leather

Early Florence Knoll Armless Sofa and Chair Set
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an early and rare Knoll sofa and chair set. This sets one and only home was non-other then a Richard Nuetra estate in the Hollywood Hills. New cushions and Upholstery. Design...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Red and Silver Geometric Upholstered Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern three-seat sofa with red and silver "Firefly" pattern fabric (re-upholstered) and a chrome-plated steel frame. (FLORENCE KNOLL).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US The fabric is very rich with a golden yarn and in cream beige.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Modular Sectional Sofa, 1960s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Landscape sofa that provides unique comfort and modern straight lined. This stunning formed sofa has a frame of chromed steel and is finished in finest beige fabric. Its outstandin...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Early Florence Knoll MCM Parallel Bar Walnut and Teal Green Daybed Slipper Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Florence Knoll mid century parallel bar walnut and teal green daybed slipper sofa Sofa measures: 84.25 wide x 28.75 deep x 30.25 high, with a seat height of 15.25 inches high ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Florence Knoll Sofa Chrome Legs Tufted Seat & Back
By Florence Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage Florence Knoll for Knoll International sofa with chrome legs. Three tufted seat and back cushions.
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Parallel Bar Sofas By Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A "parallel bar" frame sofa with a button tufted back on chromed steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Wonderful No.26 3-4 seater sofa by Florence Knoll / like new!
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
modern after all this years.... a matching set of 2 lounge chairs also available! Reupholstered. Foam, webbing and fabric new!!
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Velvet

Very Early and Rare No. 578 Sofa by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Designed in 1954. Original condition. could use a good cleaning or recovery.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric

Florence Knoll, Rare and Very Early Sofa Model 578 for Knoll International, 1954
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Here is a very early version of the long 578 Sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in 1954. Black lacquered metal structure and wooden frames with foams and fabr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Completely Restored Florence Knoll 25 BC Three-Seat Sofa by Wohnbedarf, 1950s
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Three-seat sofa designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International, and produced under license by Wohnbedarf AG, in the early 1950s. The sofa still has the original Wohnbedarf met...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Wool

90in Vintage Mid-Century Knoll Three-Seat Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
Iconic Florence Knoll three-seat sofa in original berry fabric. Chrome legs. Chrome has been restored. Measures: 90 in.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Parallel Bar Sofa, Model 53, by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dorchester, MA
Florence Knoll's parallel bar sofa, model 53, places an armless angled seat upon a squared-off steel frame with a brushed chrome and black finish. The tufted back and seat of the sof...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Rare 1950s Florence Knoll Sofa Mod. 26 Knoll International, Mid-Century Modern
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful Florence Knoll sofa in dark grey, very good condition, reupholstered and covered with woven fabric, beechwood legs and freestanding. A matching pair of lounge chairs is als...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern Gray Sharkskin Velvet and Chrome Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern three-seat sofa with gray sharkskin velvet upholstery, button-tufted back cushions, and a chrome-plated steel frame. (FLORENCE KNOLL).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Sofa by Florence Knoll Has Been Recently Upholstered in Knoll Fabric, circa 1950
By Florence Knoll
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Early Knoll sofa has been reupholstered using a blue Knoll fabric. The seat, back and sides are sewn into the frame and supported by six black, enameled, tubular steel legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

Handsome Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Armless Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome Florence Knoll parallel bar armless sofa. This piece will need reupholstering but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right? The solid steel parallel bars loo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Florence Knoll International Sofa Model 25 BC
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This sofa was designed by Florence Knoll Bassett for Knoll International. Model 25 BC. From the 1960s and rare. It features the original black, white, and ecru woollen upholstery f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Aluminum

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #32
By Florence Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
Florence Knoll sofa model #32. An armless sofa model #32 by Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates. The frame is black enameled steel and the cushions have been restored in a luxurious...
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20th Century American Florence Knoll Sofas

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Steel

Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Settee Sofa in “Sabrina” Mahogany Brown Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
On offer on this occasion is a rare, original “Florence Knoll” settee sofa (remarkably, one of two identical pieces available at present) from the world renown furniture house of Kno...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Florence Knoll Sofas

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Leather

Florence Knoll Sofa Model #26, 1947-1970
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Classic three-seat Knoll Sofa Model #26 designed by Florence Knoll was produced circa 1947-1970. Upholstered in natural linen, however, new upholstery is necessary. Great modern an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Upholstery, Maple

Mid Century Modern Sofa by Florence Knoll from 1955 with Excellent Provenance
By Finn Juhl, Poul Kjærholm, Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Framingham, MA
Incredible original early 1950's Knoll sofa with satin chrome legs and excellent provenance - please click through the pictures to see paperwork that was kept with this sofa; like a ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Aluminum, Metal

Beautiful Mid-Century Florence Knoll Sofa Mod. 25 BC Knoll International, 1949
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
An amazing Florence knoll 1950s sofa mod. 25 BC in best condition, it was completely restored, new upholstery, covered with new cotton/woven petrol fabric, nice soft fabric, free sta...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Metal

Vintage Florence Knoll 3-Seater Sofa in Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage three seater sofa by Florence Knoll of Knoll, 1960s. White ivory leather upholstery over minimal chrome base.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Florence Knoll Sofas

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Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Florence Knoll Sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our Florence Knoll Sofas collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 47 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original Florence Knoll sofas were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider sofas by Craft Associates, Knoll and Herman Miller if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Florence Knoll sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,360 and tops out at $19,328, while pieces like these can sell for $7,640 on average..