The famously modest designer, Florence Knoll, not only designed beautifully streamlined sofas, she also designed a bench to accompany them Ã¢â‚¬â€œ somewhere to put your feet or a tray of drinks - or to stand alone, a chic piece for the hallway or a useful accessory for a dressing room. Available as a two- or three-seat bench, it has a chrome frame and is upholstered in aniline leather in a choice of eight colours.
Designed in 1954, the Florence Knoll 2-seat Bench was designed out of Knoll's desire for a bench that ""wasn't there"". Inspired by her mentor, Mies van der Rohe, Knoll was able to create a timeless piece of furniture that continues to be as loved as it was over 50 years ago as it is today.
1917 (United States)
American architect and furniture designer, Florence Knoll Bassett was born in Michigan in 1917. She studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen, before becoming a protégé of Eliel’s son, Eero Saarinen. In 1946, Florence married Hans Knoll and formed Knoll Associates, which worked to revolutionise interior space planning. They believed in “total design”, which embraced architecture, manufacturing, interior design, textiles, graphics, advertising and presentation. Florence’s application of these design principles to solve space problems transformed the standard practices of the 1950s and is still widely used today. For her outstanding contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious 2002 National Medal of Arts.
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