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Florence Knoll Sofa

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Although Michigan native Florence Knoll (1917–2019) modestly described her furniture as “meat and potatoes” designs that were largely “fill-in pieces” for the Knoll Associates catalog, works like the Florence Knoll sofa demonstrate her artful expression of modern proportions. Introduced in 1954, the sofa was made during the American designer and entrepreneur’s direction of the Knoll Planning Unit, the company’s pioneering “design consultant service” that would define the look of the postwar workplace. The versatile Florence Knoll sofa, with its angular silhouette and tasteful mix of textures — from the colorful upholstery options to its exposed metal frame and legs — could as easily fit into the glass lobby of a skyscraper as the living room of a home.


Before she met her husband, Hans Knoll, with whom she built Knoll Associates into an international tastemaker of mid-century style, Florence studied under architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked for architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. That mentorship — from the major figures of the Bauhaus — had a significant impact on her approach to “total design,” in which each part of an interior was not just an object, it was a component of a comprehensive whole. Mies’s influence in particular is evident in the simplicity of the Florence Knoll sofa, its modern materials and restrained design channeling his “less is more” ethos. Its polished chrome steel legs and cushions with their clean lines further provided an architectural contrast to more sculptural pieces being created for Knoll Associates by designers such as Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen and Isamu Noguchi.


The numerous pieces Florence Knoll designed for the Knoll Associates furniture line were envisioned as design solutions for the changing needs in residential and office spaces. The Florence Knoll Lounge chair, also released in 1954, was a scaled-down companion to the sofa, so together they could offer flexible seating for a meeting space or entertaining area in the home.


Knoll may have designed her sofa because she needed a minimal piece as an element in the diverse interiors being filled with her company’s furnishings, but it’s now among the most celebrated of the company’s designs. Knoll, Inc. continues to produce the Florence Knoll sofa over half a century after it was introduced, and vintage models are still prized for their sturdy construction and timeless qualities.

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Florence Knoll Sofa in Navy Velvet
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
The Classic Florence Knoll sofa, completely restored and reupholstered in navy blue. We restored this piece based on original specifications. Using a high quality supple deep navy ve...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Pair of Florence Knoll 57W Sofas by Knoll Associates 1950s, US
By Knoll, Florence 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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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Florence Knoll Early Iconic Sofa Streamline Design, Model 26
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Westport, CT
Florence Knoll early iconic sofa designed, with down and foam stuffing in a light neutral grey woven French fabric. This sofa has been restored to the highest quality fabric and stuf...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern 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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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal, Chrome

1st Generation Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa by Knoll Associates, 1950s, Signed
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare example of the Florence Knoll Model #578 Sofa, designed in 1954, has a built-in attached magazine / book side table and is signed with the original early generation Knoll A...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Two, Two-Seat Sofa by Florence Knoll International Modell 27 BC
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Greven, DE
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...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Modern 1950s Florence Knoll Tuxedo Sofa Tan Tufted Three-Seat on Chrome Base
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Florence Knoll sofa Classic tuxedo- tufted three-seat design by Knoll Associates. Chrome base with fancy flared rear legs. No label present, circa 1950s D...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll Lounge Series Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful Vintage Florence Knoll 3-seat 'Lounge Series' sofa in unique colour pink velvet fabric of exclusive French manufacture, completely restored with all new interiors.This mode...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa, Teal Blue Green Velvet, Knoll International, New York, 1954
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Florence Knoll sofa, teal blue green velvet, Knoll International, New York, designed in 1954. Timeless Mid-Century Modern design, effortlessly neat and minimal while maintaining affa...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Three-Seat Tuxedo Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Florence Knoll three-seat 90" tuxedo sofa, original wool fabric with chrome plated base. Re-upholstery recommended. We provide this service as COM (Customers Own Material) Flore...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

1940s Florence Knoll Sofa Three Seat Sofa Model 26 with Pair Available
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Florence Knoll sofa three-seat sofa with birch base Model 26 circa 1947 Matched pair available from single estate ownership Measures 32 H x 90 W x 32 D inches height includes cush...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Birch

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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

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 Sofas

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll for Knoll Sofa and Matching Lounge Chairs Living Room Set in Red
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching 3 piece living room suite designed by Florence Knoll and produced by Knoll. The set consists of one 3-seat sofa and two matching club chairs. All done in original red twee...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Steel

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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Florence Knoll Sofa for Knoll
By Florence Knoll
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A three cushion sofa with inset wooden conical legs in clear birch with slanted arms and angled profile in a beautiful damask fabric with a bit of shimmer to the back round. A very e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Sofa Model 67A by Florence Knoll for Knoll International in Original Condition
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
An early Florence Knoll classic sofa model 67A on chrome legs. Upholstery can be done by us.  
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Providence, RI
Sofa designed by Florence Knoll, and produced by Knoll Associates, circa 1966. Newly upholstered, including all new foam, etc. Upholstered in an appropriate basket weave wool, nylon...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Model no. 26 three-seat sofa. Upholstered with new foam in Cato fabric. Chrome plated legs. Measures: SH 20.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Early Florence Knoll Walnut "Floating" Frame Sofa, Model 57W
By Florence Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
A Classic Mid-Century Knoll model 57W sofa. The floating frame has mortised and pinned construction and is very solid. Original upholstery is in a cream and grey woven fabric with tu...
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Mid-20th Century Sofas

Materials

Fabric

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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

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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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Maple, Textile

Early Florence Knoll Sofa
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 1950s all original Florence Knoll sofa with hand tied springs and solid maple legs. A very comfortable modern Classic.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Textile

Florence Knoll Tufted Vegan Ultra Leather Sofa
By Florence Knoll
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid Century Modern Knoll couch designed by Florence Knoll. This three person sofa features a tufted, off-white ultra leather upholstery and chrome plated steel legs. This classic d...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

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