Set of Six Dining Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Signed, 1970s For Sale
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Set of Six Dining Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Signed, 1970s

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Set of Six (6) Model #54A chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International with burgundy lacquered steel frames and sinuous bent plywood seats with its original fabric upholstery, original Knoll International labels/tags located underneath. The frames of the six chairs are constructed by sculpted metal tubes, while the seats and backs of each chair are upholstered. The frames and cushions are a matching shade of deep merlot, a versatile color that is both potent and elegant. Marked with Knoll International labels. Note: The matching dining table in the photo has already sold, this listing is only for the six (6) chairs. The photos with the dining table are to show size and scale of the chairs. Wonderful option for a Postmodern home, can also work great in a Mid-Century Modern, contemporary, traditional or transitional home. Consider using this set as dining chairs or as side chairs, also consider in an office or conference room, restaurant or cafe, creative/design studio, or retail boutique. In good vintage condition, these chairs possess minor surface wear, nicks, and scuffs and stains consistent with their age and use. Measurements: H 32.5 in. x W 22 in. x D 20 in. Seat height: 17".

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredSteel,Fabric
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    In good vintage condition, these chairs possess minor surface wear, nicks, and scuffs and stains consistent with their age and use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.5 in. x W 22 in. x D 20 in.H 82.55 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU1330213216171
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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