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Brand Beginnings Knoll was founded in 1938 by Hans and Florence Knoll who sought to create new types of furniture and environments for the home and workplace. Their approach was to join craftsmanship with technology through the use of design and to create beautiful home furnishings that stood the test of time visually, functionally and practically. The pair sought out designers willing to change the landscape of modern design, daring to ask how furniture could work better. These landmark collaborations, with pioneering modernists like Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia and Richard Schultz built a brand that today contains many of the hallmarks of modern design.

Knoll Today Knoll enjoys brand recognition throughout the world for its modern classics as well as groundbreaking new products formulated under new deigner partnerships. Few companies can match the array of Knoll products, which combine a modernist aesthetic with residential appeal. This point of view nurtured by Florence Knoll, has become the trademark of Knoll design. Today, it connects to a new generation seeking workplaces and homes that are comfortable for and beautiful for everyday living.

A Signature Piece The highly coveted Barcelona® Chair is, with little doubt, the signature Knoll piece. Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it is one of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement. Skilled craftsman construct this exquisite chair by hand every day. From leather produced from a single cowhide, 40 individual leather panels are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons to upholster the chair. Premium cushions are highly resilient with a down-like softness that surrounds the sitter in luxurious comfort. Cushions are suspended by upholstery straps in cowhide belting leather over a metal frame that is hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Meticulously detailed, Barcelona continues to appeal to customers worldwide some 85 years after its introduction.

Why Knoll? The Knoll names offers a rich design history – a legacy of iconic designers and inventive new collaborations. Their focus on quality and responsible manufacturing means that each piece transcends multiple generations in both use and appeal. Knoll offers furniture, accessories, textiles, felts and leathers that stimulate the senses and allow you to express who you are and what you value. They take great pride in creating the best possible product and the happiest possible customer.

Alexander Girard

Born in New York City and raised in Florence, Italy, Girard was educated in...

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Charles Pfister

Charles Pfister was an associate partner and director of the interior design department at...

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Charles Pollock

(1930-2013) Born in Philadelphia, 1930. After a longstanding interest in furniture design, Pollock attended...

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Cini Boeri

A graduate of Milan Politecnico, Boeri (born in 1924) has incorporated her ideas of...

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Don Chadwick

Don Chadwick isn't one of those designers who say that their "real" studio is...

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Edward Barber

Edward Barber was born in Shrewsbury, U.K. in 1969 and graduated from the Royal...

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Eero Saarinen

The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his...

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Florence Knoll

While a student at the Kingswood School on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy...

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Formway Design

New Zealand-based Formway Design has been designing furniture for more than five decades, beginning...

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Franco Albini

After graduating in architecture at Milan Politecnico, Franco Albini worked simultaneously in fields of...

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Frank Gehry

Frank O. Gehry is the principal of the Los Angeles, California, architecture firm of...

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George Nakashima

George Nakashima, wood craftsman and poet, studied architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle,...

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Harry Bertoia

Italian sculptor, university lecturer and furniture designer Harry Bertoia displayed a unique stroke of...

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Isamu Noguchi

The son of an American writer and a Japanese poet, Isamu Noguchi was born...

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Jay Osgerby

Jay Osgerby was born in Oxford, U.K. in 1969. He studied at Ravensbourne College...

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Jehs + Laub

Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub studied industrial design at the Hochshcule für Gestaltung Schwäebisch...

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Jens Risom

Jens Risom, who designed the first Knoll chair in 1941, received his education in...

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Joseph Paul D'Urso

As a former interior design and architecture student at Pratt Institute, Royal College of...

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Kazuhide Takahama

After graduating from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1953, Takahama went to Italy...

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his career working in his father's stonemasonry business....

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Marc Krusin

Marc Krusin is a veteran of the Milan-based group Codice 31, which he founded...

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Marcel Breuer

Protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer embodied many of the School's distinctive...

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Marco Maran

Marco Maran is celebrated for designs that are light in spirit and flexible in...

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Maya Lin

Frequently cited as a benchmark of modern cross-national design, Maya Lin's work draws influence...

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Piero Lissoni

After receiving his degree in architecture form the Milan Polytecnic, Piero Lissoni worked as...

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Richard Sapper

Born in Munich in 1932, he studied philosophy, anatomy, graphics, engineering and economics. Ten...

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Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove studied design at Manchester Polytechnic and subsequently trained at the Royal College...

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Shelton Mindel

Founded in 1978, Shelton Mindel & Associates is a renowned leader in modern architectural,...

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Stephan Copeland

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Stephan Copeland has worked as a freelance designer...

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Ufficio Tecnico

Based in Foligno, Italy, Knoll International's in-house technical team of engineers and designers adheres...

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Warren Platner

Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell University and, following his work with legendary designers...

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