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Warren Platner for Knoll Easy Chair

Sale price$11,000.00

Warren Platner for Knoll, easy chair and ottoman, model '1705', steel, fabric, United States, design ca. 1962, production later.

This iconic lounge chair by Warren Platner is created by welding curved steel rods to 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 were divided as some critics thought the decorative nature of the designs was prominent. However, over time, it was proven that the design of this range was a technical, visual and critical succes. It is interesting to point out that this set is very different from the other famous bent steel furniture range of Bertoia. Platner's range began with a sense of need for 'decorative, gentle, graceful' designs comparable to those of the time of Louis XV, but having a more rational base. Bertoia's range on the other hand was much more conceptual and was focussed on the strength of space division.

Warren Platner (1919-2006) was originally trained as an architect and 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 the depicted photographs show an example of the way this item can be tailored to specific wishes of our clients. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts to discuss your wishes regarding upholstery and finishing. Your special requests can be realized by the experienced craftspeople in our own in-house restoration and upholstery atelier. With high attention to the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. Please note that a custom-made reupholstered chair has a lead-time of twelve to fourteen weeks. All to meet our high-quality and standards.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Knoll (Manufacturer) Warren Platner (Designer)
  • date of manufacture Production afterwards
  • dimensions Height 38.59 in. Width 40.56 in. Depth 35.44 in. Seat Height 12.8 in.
  • dimensions Height 98 cm Width 103 cm Depth 90 cm Seat Height 32.5 cm
  • material Chenille Steel
  • origin United States
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45010666