The Florence Knoll Sofa is a reproduction of the original classic created in 1956 by renowned designer and architect Florence Knoll, who revolutionized furniture design by incorporating the ideas of practicality and visual beauty.
The Florence Knoll Sofa series is commonly used by interior designers to add a classic touch to a modern room. The inner frame of this chair is constructed using solid wood, and is supported by a polished stainless steel sub-frame.
The sofa is fully upholstered in the front, back, top and sides in premium 100% aniline-dyed leather which is much smoother and softer than regular top-grain leather. The chair back and seat are comprised of thick, tufted cushions for maximum comfort and are also upholstered in 100% aniline-dyed leather.
- Width: 79″ x Depth: 32″ x Height: 32″ x Seating Height: 17.5″
- Fully upholstered in premium leather
* All measurements are approximations.
Florence Knoll Bassett (born May 24, 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan as Florence Schust and is known in familiar circles simply as “Shu”.
She graduated from the Kingswood School before studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (both institutions are located on the same campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan). Knoll also 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.
In 1938, Hans Knoll founded his furniture company by that name in New York. In 1943, Florence Schust convinced Hans she could help bring in business to his company even in America’s wartime economy by expanding into interior design by working with architects. With her architectural background and design flair, she succeeded. They married in 1946, she became a full business partner and together they founded Knoll Associates. A new furniture factory was established in Pennsylvania and dealers in Knoll’s furniture were carefully added over the next several years.
Florence Knoll felt architects should contribute their design ability to furniture as well. Some of these furniture designs would become design icons of the 20th century and have remained in the Knoll line for decades due to their timeless design. When Hans Knoll died in a car accident in 1955, Florence Knoll took over operation of the company. Florence Knoll herself designed chairs, sofas, tables and casegoods during the 1950s, many of which remain in the Knoll line to this day. In 1958 she married Harry Hood Bassett.
Her American interpretation of minimalist, rationalist design theories is clearly evident in Knoll’s storage pieces. She mixed woods and metals to great effect and added laminates as they became popular. Dressers and desks are all square in design but never lack for quality. Hanging cabinets have glass shelves, sliding doors and drop down fronts that can be used as bars.
Knoll retired as Knoll president in 1960, but remained with the company as the director of design until 1965 when she retired completely.