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Design by Florence Knoll, 1961.
Florence Knoll referred to her 1961 line of desks as the "meat and potatoes" needed to fill in gaps in the Knoll collection. Her spare, angular designs remain stunning examples of the modern aesthetic. Like so many of her groundbreaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, the 1961 Executive Collection made its way into the pantheon of modern classics. Thoughtful construction of the Florence Knoll 98-Inch Table Desk includes a frame and legs made of heavy gauge welded steel. The post and four-star legs are finished in polished chrome (or optional satin chrome). The table tops are offered in smooth laminate, wood veneer, or marble with bevel-edge.
Select Polished Chrome or Satin Chrome base, then select from a variety of laminate, wood veneer and polished or satin (matte) marble table tops. Also available, the 78-In. Oval Table Desk and Round Table Desk.
ExtraWhite Marble is currently on product hold/unavailable. The KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature are stamped into base of table. All table desks include adjustable steel glides with a chrome finish. Please note that polyester marble coating will yellow over time.
Material(s): Heavy gauge welded steel with satin finish smooth laminate, wood veneer, or marble with bevel-edge. Marble coated with transparent polyester to help eliminate use-associated stains.
Designer: Florence Knoll
While a student at the Kingswood School on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Florence Knoll Bassett (née Schust) became a protegée of Eero Saarinen. She studied architecture at Cranbrook, the Architectural Association in London and the Armour Institute (Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago). She worked briefly for Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Wallace K. Harrison. In 1946, she became a full business and design partner and married Hans Knoll, after which they formed Knoll Associates. She was at once a champion of world-class architects and designers and an exceptional architect in her own right. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionized interior space planning. Her belief in "total design" — embracing architecture, manufacturing, interior design, textiles, graphics, advertising and presentation — and her application of design principles in solving space problems were radical departures from the standard practice in the 1950s, but were quickly adopted and remain widely used today. For her extraordinary contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious 2002 National Medal of Arts.View other products by Florence Knoll
Knoll believes good design is good business. A commitment to modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furniture products and textiles designed to provide enduring value and help clients shape their workspaces with imagination and vision. Recognized as a design leader worldwide, Knoll products are exhibited in major art museums, with more than 40 pieces in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Knoll is a leader in sustainability policies and practices. A recent initiative with the Chicago Climate Exchange, as part of Knoll's 2006 commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, addresses the concern for global climate change and targets programs to enhance energy efficiency throughout Knoll facilities. Knoll is headquartered in East Greenville, Pennsylvania with manufacturing sites in North America and Italy.View other products from Knoll