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Knoll International’s history started in 1938 when Hans Knoll founded the Hans G. Knoll Furniture Company in New York. Hans grew up in the furniture industry (his father and grandfather of the Walter and Wilhelm Knoll companies) but it wasn’t until 1943, when Hans hired architect and designer Florence Schust, that the company really took shape.
Florence had studied at both the Architectural Association in London and Cranbrook Academy in Michigan so came with an impressive CV. Florence was also well connected with leading designers, architects, and artists of the time. Whilst working together Hans and Florence fell in love and married a few years later.
Whilst Hans handled the business side of things it was Florence who directed the brand’s approach to design and style. Florence worked on her own designs but also collaborated with designer friends and teachers who happened to be some of the greatest post-war designers.
Today, Knoll International is recognised as one of the leading manufacturers of quality furniture. The company continues to work with world renowned designers and grow its impressive portfolio which includes design classics such as the Barcelona Collection by Mies van der Rohe, the Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen, the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer and the well-known Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia.
A mutual love of modernist design led to a great romance and a company that pioneered collaborations with some of the greatest Bauhaus and mid-20th-century designers.
Knoll’s award winning commitment to modernist design continues to be internationally recognised with many of company’s signature pieces on permanent display in museum collections.
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