Florence Knoll Large Sideboard in Teak and Marble
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, teak, marble and metal, United States, 1961. Iconic credenza with chromed base and marble top designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll International. It is rare to find sideboard with the length of almost three meters. This minimalistic designed credenza has modernist details, such as the chromed base and handles. The sideboard is equipped with smart storage facilities. The teak wood adds a great contrast to the metal base and the marble top. 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. Literature: Lutz, Brain. Knoll. A modernist universe. New York: Rizolli, 2010, p. 160.