Florence Knoll for Knoll International Modular Lounge Chairs Model '51'

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Florence Knoll for Knoll International, lounge chairs model '51', teak, fabric, United States, 1955

Stunning pair of Florence Knoll's parallel bar lounge chair, model '51'. The frame, made out of teak, is armless, but has a sleek form. The angled seat is placed upon the squared-off frame. The different chairs can be attached to one another, transforming it into a sofa. Therefore, this piece is very versatile while still being modern and elegant.

Florence Knoll (1917-) was trained as an architect and had a sense of style from a very young age. In 1936 she met Alvar Aalto and was trained by Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. This meant that although she was barely out of her teens, she was educated by the best of the European modernists. When she arrived in New York Knoll worked on interior projects (being the only female) which is how she came to know Hans Knoll. When Florence joined Knoll, the planning unit started. Florence also made sure that the designs where more 'American Modernist' instead of Scandinavian, When Hans Knoll died she took over and did it with the utmost skill and professionality. Her long list of architect friends designed many famous pieces yet her own imprint on the company including her designs in what can be called 'humanist modernism' is what truly had the greatest impact.

Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.

Please note that we advise reupholstery before use. This can be done before shipping by our experienced craftsman in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. A locally organized reupholstery is possible as well.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Florence Knoll (Designer) Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1950s
  • Dimensions Height 29.93 in. Width 120.87 in. Depth 30.71 in.
  • Dimensions Height 76 cm Width 307 cm Depth 78 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Fabric Teak
  • Period 1950-1959
  • Place of Origin United States
  • Style Mid-Century Modern (of the period)