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Florence Knoll

Iconic designer Florence Knoll has offered immeasurable contributions to the world of design, while the inimitable vision she held over her long, illustrious career has captivated the attention of design enthusiasts across the globe. Gifted with an eye for proportion and meticulous attention to detail, Knoll defined the standard for the modern interiors of post-war America. Discover more about the 'First Lady of Furniture' below and on the Journal.

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A black and white image of Florence Knoll and Eero Saarinen discussing the infrastructure of the Tulip Chair, featuring the pedestal base on a worktop

Beginning her studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Florence Knoll went on to study under the tutelage of some of the greatest architects of the 20th century, including Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Honoured with countless awards and accolades, such as the National Medal of Arts, awarded by the US president, the American Institute of Architects’ Industrial Design Gold Medal and the Red Dot Design Award, Knoll’s work is renowned across the world.

Helping to shape the landscape of 20th-century design, Knoll showcased the work of designers including Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe and lifelong friend Eero Saarinen. Creating spaces rather than decorating them, Knoll’s furniture designs feature a striking command of the modern aesthetic that remains relevant today. Following the death of her husband Hans Knoll in 1955, Knoll assumed control of the company before resigning in 1960 to focus on developing and directing design.

Florence Knoll 3-Seat Sofa in Cato Fabric

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Inspired by the rhythm and proportions of mid-century modern architecture, the Florence Knoll 3-Seater Sofa exhibits a geometric profile, constructed with a solid wood structure and an exposed metal frame, elevated on tubular steel legs and softened with premium Knoll Cato fabric.

Exhibiting a handwoven aesthetic, the Cato fabric was introduced in 1961 and is crafted from a wool-mix composition, with an exaggerated texture that makes it the ultimate accent. This Florence Knoll 3-Seater Sofa is available in brown, fire red, green, grey, ivory, natural and sand hues, making it a truly versatile addition to your space.

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