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  • Knoll Classics

    The Knoll Classics Sale features some of the most iconic designers in modern furniture. Learn all about a few of these remarkable collections below and shop Knoll Classics now until February 23rd.


    From the late 1940s through the 1950s, Eero Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip Chair and Pedestal Table, the Womb Chair, and the Executive Seating Collection. His designs used modern materials in graceful ways, helping establish the identity of Knoll during their formative years. Today they contribute greatly to the Knoll Classics Collection.


    Florence Knoll humbly referred to her furniture designs as "meat and potatoes" — filler between the standout pieces of Bertoia, Mies, and Saarinen. 65 years later her furniture is anything but filler. Her attention to detail, eye for proportion, and command of the modern aesthetic resulted in some of the most celebrated furniture of the modern era.


    Jens Risom joined the Hans Knoll Furniture Company in the early 1940s as the sole designer of interiors and furniture. Working ingeniously within the constraints of wartime material shortages, Risom designed his eponymous collection of chairs and tables using essentially scraps of wood and rejected nylon straps from parachute production.


    Renowned architect Mies van der Rohe mentored a young Florence Knoll while she was a student at Illinois Institute of Technology. Florence has always credited Mies as her most influential instructor and, in 1948, Mies granted Knoll exclusive rights to produce his furniture, including the Barcelona Collection and the Brno Chair.


    Hans and Florence never demanded that Bertoia design furniture when they gave him a studio in an early Knoll factory. They simply asked that he show them if he arrived at something interesting. He arrived at something outstanding! Introduced in 1952, the Bertoia Collection remains one of the great achievements of modern design.


    Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner Collection infuses modernism with "the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style, like Louis XV".


    Marcel Breuer is seen as one of the forefathers of the energetic aesthetic of uninhibited experimentation combined with a high standard of artistry that the design industry enjoyed throughout the second half of the century. His marriage of traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials helped make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and a modern institution.


    When Florence Knoll moved to a seaside home in Florida, she began sending the design team rusty pieces of furniture and requested that they develop something that would perform in the salty climate. Richard Schultz's response was the aluminum Leisure Collection in 1966. It is regarded as the first collection of truly modern outdoor furniture.


  • 2021 Design Trends

    With the new year off and running, we’re diving into design trends to watch out for in 2021. From luxurious upholstery to whimsical accessories, these trends are sure to make their mark this year.


    We're seeing this rich, super-soft upholstery more than ever. Boucle originally gained famed in the 1940’s with the Saarinen Womb Chair which debuted in 1948 with Knoll’s Classic Boucle.


    Caning is making a big comeback. With more of us opting for sustainable, eco-friendly and socially responsible products, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more natural materials like cane in home decor. Two classic designs to feature caning are the Knoll Cesca Chair and Ton 811 Chair.


    Animal-themed objects have long been featured in modern home decor and this year is no exception. From Vitra’s minimalist Resting Animal series to Moooi’s audacious Pig Table, these pieces bring a touch of whimsy and comfort to any space.


    Just look at the Ethnicraft N701 sofa and tell us you don’t want to curl up and sink into it’s cushy embrace. Inspired by 70’s decor, this fab fat furniture trend is on the rise, with curvaceous pieces like Driade’s Roly Poly Chair and the Fontana Arte Daruma Table Lamp making their way into many a modern-inspired home.

    There we have it! We hope you enjoyed our roundup of trends to watch for this year.  Feeling inspired? Bring these trends home, shop now.

  • Modern Planet Top 20 of 2020

    This year's top-sellers, new and noteworthy favorites, tried-and-true classics, and pieces we love!

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    Originally introduced in 1963 and relaunched in 1997, the CH07 Shell Chair is considered one of Hans J. Wegner’s most iconic and groundbreaking designs. Its floating lightness is achieved through its wing-like seat and curved backrest held by a frame with three arched legs.

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    Stylish and functional, the On-The-Move Side Table is equipped with a handle and removable table top to easily move from room-to-room, indoors and out.

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    Inspired by the black keys of a piano, the LZF Black Note Suspension Lamp consists of a rhythmic arrangement of rising and falling wood veneer shades with metallic frame, finished in black and anthracite tones.

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    A sleek design paired with a powerful ceramic mill, Menu Bottle Grinders make light work of grinding a wide range of spices.

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    The little wooden bird that has become an icon in modern home décor. The Vitra Eames House Bird can be spotted in countless midcentury-inspired homes.

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    The Beta Wall/Ceiling lamp - even when not illuminated - adds a unique design element to any space.

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    Designed by Alain van Havre, the Mikado Oval Dining Table exchanges the rectangular tabletop for an ellipse, creating a strong sense of togetherness and connection.

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    The Capas Rug features layers of color, tonality and shadow to generate intense depth with a rich colour palette that blends seamlessly into any environment.

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    Designed by Laura Mattila and Mikko Merz, the Koti bench is named after the Finnish word for "home". Its clean, minimalist design makes it the perfect fit for a wide range of interiors.

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    Bold personality and detailed construction make Fritz Hansen’s anniversary edition Carimate truly special.

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    Regarded as Arne Jacobsen's best known design, the AJ Table Lamp is distinctive yet functional with an emphasis on flawless light distribution.

    9-gus-VERSIONThe Carmichael Bed fuses traditional and contemporary sensibilities, bringing clean, modern lines to a classic style.

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    In no other design has Finn Juhl’s fascination with surrealism been more apparent than in his Pelican Chair. With its characteristic soft organic shape that hugs the body, the Pelican Chair is as comfortable as it is eye-catching and offers several ways to sit.

    A perpetual blossom of new branches that multiplies by the meter, Heracleum Endless Suspension Lamp has endless possibilities.

    Inspired by the stance and general demeanour of a bull, the Slab Desk is solid and sturdy with a gentle rounded edge to soften its profile.

    The Paperclip Stool is purposeful, unique, simple and beautiful. Its tubular steel frame offers a clean design that beckons impromptu gathering and comfortable conversations.

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    Watch the movements of the elegant Flensted Drifting Clouds Mobile and remember what it feels like to lie in a field of grass on a warm summer day, watching the clouds drift over the blue sky.

    Inspired by the arrangement of barnacles on a rock surface, the 21 is fabricated from thin sheets of porcelain wrapped around trumpet-shaped frosted glass diffusers.

    Carl Hansen & Son Table Sale

    Versatile, comfortable and undeniably unique, the Panton Chair is an icon of twentieth century design. As striking as it is as a modern sculptural piece, the Panton Chair is also incredibly durable, easy to clean, flexible and stackable!

    A soft version of the classic Florence Lounge collection, Florence Knoll™ Relaxed Sofa offers deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit. And this year, we're all about a more relaxed sit.

    We hope you enjoyed our top 20 of 2020 list, shop the collection below!

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