The dining table by Florence Knoll
Knoll, a name that has become unavoidable in the world of design thanks to two extraordinary personalities: Hans Knoll, founder of the furniture publishing company, and his wife Florence, a great designer. Let’s take a look at Florence Knoll‘s work today, and more particularly at one of her creations: the “Florence Knoll” dining table.
Florence Schust, her real name, was born in 1917 in the United States. She followed brilliant studies at prestigious schools: the Architectural Association of London and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. It was during this latter training that she met the famous Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as she studied under his direction. She then met Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, for whom she worked in Boston. 1941 marked a turning point for the brilliant young Florence! It was during this year that she met her future husband, the entrepreneur Hans Knoll, who was the founder and director of the incredible publisher Knoll International.
As a couple in the city and at work, they founded a brand new company called “Knoll Associates”. She worked there as a designer until 1955, when her husband died. She then took over the management of the company. Knoll published pieces by such design geniuses as Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, Pierre Jeanneret and Harry Bertoia.
Florence Knoll has designed numerous pieces: tables, armchairs, sofas, storage furniture, etc. Her creations are recognisable by their pure and sober style, but also by their neutral tones. It is also important to know that each of his pieces is called by its name “Florence Knoll”. The dining table is no exception. In 1961, Florence Knoll was looking for a table that would also serve as a desk. She realised that there was no table that met her needs. So she came up with the idea of designing a table with clean curves and simple lines, without any superfluous elements. A beautiful tribute to the teaching of her mentor Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!
The tabletop is available in various shapes and sizes. It can be oval (198 cm and 244 cm) or round (137 cm). It is available in marble, wood and even laminate. You can find a wide variety of colours and finishes as can be seen on www.knoll.com:
- For marble :
- For wood
- For laminate
The “Florence Knoll” table can be found in many businesses and homes and can be used as a desk or a dining table. Its success lies in its sober and pure design which gives it an exceptional timelessness!