Florence Knoll for Knoll International Oval Dining Table in Teak and Metal
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Florence Knoll for Knoll International, oval dining table, metal, teak, United States, 1950s
This table is designed by the female designer Florence Knoll and has a splendid construction that epitomizes a simplistic, natural and timeless aesthetic. The top is constructed in a subtle and modest way displaying beautiful wooden grains. The legs are executed in black colored metal that contrasts nicely with the wooden tabletop. Additionality, the top is surrounded by a wooden rim which puts emphasize on the intricate shape of the top.
Florence Knoll (1917-) was trained as an architect and had a sense of style from a very young age. During her school time at Cranbrook, Eliel Saarinen (then the headmaster) and his family included her in their family. In 1936 she met Alvar Aalto and was trained by Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and (as if the long list of Eminem designers is not long enough) 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 she 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.
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