When you think of office furniture, what comes to mind? Big bulky wood desks? Cubicles? Uncomfortable “ergonomic” desk chairs?
While this may be a reality in some offices around the world, it doesn’t have to be yours when designing your own home office. One of our favorite companies we represent, Knoll, carries a line of office furniture suitable for commercial or residential design that’s both stylish and highly functional.
Florence Knoll Bassett (born May 24, 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. Knoll received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1941 and briefly worked with leaders of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and the American modernist, Wallace K. Harrison.
Nearly half of the furniture pieces in the Knoll collection were her designs including tables, stools, chairs, sofas, benches and desks. She designed furniture not only to be functional, but also to designate the way she wanted the interior space to function as well as relating to the architecture of the space and the overall composition.
This week Vastu’s featured product is Florence Knoll’s Executive Desk. This stylish yet functional piece is available in several Veneer top finishes including Natural Oak (pictured), Medium Brown Mahogany, Ebonized Oak, Light Oak, Light Walnut, Teak and Rosewood in addition to two base options in polished or satin chrome. The two pencil drawers are constructed out of solid maple lumber and the frame and legs are heavy gauge welded steel. Look like a true professional with the Florence Knoll Executive Desk!
The Knoll Space Sale starts tomorrow and it’s pretty safe to say that Knoll, the company, wouldn’t be where it is now without the help of Florence Knoll.
Florence Knoll was a revolutionary architect and furniture designer who helped define standards for modern corporate interiors of post-war America. She was instrumental in creating the Knoll Planning Unit, where most of work in the Knoll collection consists of tables, desks, chairs, sofas, benches and stools. Florence and the Planning Unit were responsible for the interiors of some of America’s largest corporations, including IBM, GM and CBS. She referred to her work as the meat and potatoes, filler among standout pieces from fellow designers Bertoia, Mies, and Saarinen.
Florence’s ground breaking style became an industry standard in the design world and her 1961 collection was at the forefront of modern minimalists classics. Florence’s designs can be described as reserved angular pieces with sophisticated style.
The Knoll Space Sale starts Friday, September 20th and runs through Tuesday, October 1st.
Since the 1950s, Knoll has produced tables, desks and credenzas with beautiful marbles, granites, quartzes and limestones. This follows Knoll’s design philosophy of creating long-lasting furniture with the best materials around. So where does Knoll find the best stone for their furniture and how do they get it into your home?
Check out these pictures taken by “Knoll associates, primarily at our supplier in Fermignano, Italy and in nearby quarries.”
The Knoll Classics Sale
15% Off Classic Designs From:
- Mies van der Rohe
- and Schultz
Monday, February 25th, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
If you’ve done anything on Google within the past several hours, you’ll have noticed today’s doodle for this holiday that ranges from a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
We’re big fans of equality in all its forms so International Women’s Day is right up our alley, especially when you think about all the great female designer’s that have contributed to the furniture, interior design and architectural industries. Here’s just a few… Read more
Check out our great window display for the Knoll Classics Sale (Monday, February 27th – Sunday, March 4th).
We’ve filled it full of fantastic pieces from Harry Bertoia. Including the… Read more
Coffee table books are great. They can make great conversation pieces and sometimes even contain useful and interesting information. Or pictures, who doesn’t love a coffee table book with great pictures?
What makes a book like this even better is when it’s about a great company like Knoll, or more specifically Knoll Textiles.
Knoll Textiles 1945-2010 was put together to celebrate “65 years of premium textile design”.
“Reflecting the mid-century Modernist movement, Knoll Textiles prioritized color and texture as primary design elements, unlike any other company of the time. The book shows patterns created through the years in extreme detail, documented period by period. With insightful showroom, fabric swatch and furniture photographs, as well as sketches and illustrations, every page of this encyclopedia has something to teach the reader.”
For any mid-century modern fan in your life, or yourself, this book would make a great addition to your home library or maybe even your Florence Knoll Coffee Table (or other coffee table). Informative, graphic, and chock-full of interesting facts about Knoll and Knoll Textile designers both past and present.
(Original article from CoolHunting can be found HERE)