Iconic Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chair ‘1705’ in Steel and Fabric

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Warren Platner for Knoll, easy chair and ottoman 'model 1705’, steel, fabric, United States, design 1966, later production

This iconic easy chair by Warren Platner is created by welding curved steel rods in circular and semi-circular frames, simultaneously serving as structure and ornament. It was Platner who suggested to make a range of furniture for Knoll that made use of this bent steel as a material. The process to develop this line was however difficult as it took a long time to develop the technical necessities to align the large number of wires. In the beginning the opinion on the new Platner-Knoll line was divided as some critics thought the decorative nature of the designs was too prominent. However, over time, it was proven that the design of this range was a technical, visual and a critical success. It is interesting to point out that this set is very different from the other famous bent steel furniture range of Bertoia.

Warren Platner (1919-2006) was originally trained as an architect a studied at Cornell University. Although Platner made notable architectural contributions throughout his career it was his furniture collection for Knoll that earned Platner worldwide renown. Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner collection is an icon of modern furniture. In his early years Platner worked for the architect Eero Saarinen. Platner is famous for his refined and theatrical designs and he did not shy away for color.

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. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized reupholstery is possible as well.

Measurements of the ottoman: D 65 x W 65 x H 35 cm

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Knoll (Manufacturer) Warren Platner (Designer)
  • date of manufacture Second Half of the 20th Century
  • dimensions Height 38.98 in. Width 40.95 in. Depth 37.41 in. Seat Height 13.78 in.
  • dimensions Height 99 cm Width 104 cm Depth 95 cm Seat Height 35 cm
  • material Fabric Steel
  • origin United States
  • period 20th Century
  • style Mid-Century Modern