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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair
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Florence Knoll Lounge Chair

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It doesn’t get more timeless or starkly modern than the boxy chrome-footed Florence Knoll lounge chair. Designed in 1954 by Florence Knoll Bassett (1917–2019), the chair is representative of all her signature gestures, from the sturdy construction to the button tufting, and like the rest of her work, it embodies the very essence of modernism.


    In many ways, Knoll was destined to become a household name in Michigan, and she flourished in her architecture studies with Bauhaus masters like Marcel Breuer and others. Knoll was a protégé of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, and her lounge seating, with its clean architectural lines, takes cues from her mentor.


    Deeply inspired by the Bauhaus and its belief in melding art with industrial techniques, Knoll revolutionized the workplace. “Every time you see Barcelona chairs and a table in a lobby, that’s her [influence],” Kathryn Hiesinger, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, told the New York Times. When Knoll designed this chair as part of her lounge series, she called it “meat and potatoes” furniture and believed she was merely filling a need. While there’s no disputing the utilitarian properties of her classic pieces, they’re geometrically striking objects. The Florence Knoll lounge chair — with its low seat height and simple profile — would work in any setting, and Knoll was equally versatile. It’s hard to imagine modernism without her.

Florence Knoll Lounge Chair

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Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs for Knoll Studio, Signed
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of Florence Knoll leather lounge chairs for Knoll Studio feature soft supple leather over a chrome base, with a Knoll Studio embossed stamp and Florence Knoll's signature e...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Knoll Studio “Florence Knoll” Lounge Chair Armchair in Pale Grey “Volo” Leather
By Florence Knoll
Located in Whalley, GB
On offer on this occasion is a rare, original “Florence Knoll” lounge chair from the world renown furniture house of Knoll Studio, dressed in their sublime Knoll “Volo” leather in pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll
Located in Washington, DC
Pair of Knoll slipper chairs. Original upholstery, with original label. Brass legs refinished and lacquered.   
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Florence Knoll Relaxed Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of fairly new Florence Knoll Studio relaxed lounge chairs. They are embossed Florence Knoll Knoll Studios on one leg of each chair as pictured and bear a label underneath that...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Club Chairs

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll Chairs, Set of Four Model 65A, 1960s
By Florence Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of Florence Knoll Leather Lounge Chairs
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Florence Knoll tufted leather lounge chairs, originally designed in 1954, this pair is of recent production. Original Spinneybeck tan leather on satin chrome frame, both an u...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll Armchair
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll armchair on a gold tone steel frame. Upholstered in a cream color linen with removable cushions.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Steel

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