Florence Knoll for Knoll International Sideboard with Marble Top
Florence Knoll for Knoll International, sideboard, oak, metal, marble, United States, 1960s Florence Knoll designed the sideboard for Knoll International in the 1960s. This minimal design is characterized by low metal base on which the darkened oak sideboard is palced. Two big doors are joined by four more, providing great storage possibilities. Steel handles allow the user to open the doors and explore the different storage structures inside. The top is highlighted with marble. This credenza has elegant details, such as the chromed base and handles. The wood is stained into dark green-brown to black color, which nicely combines with the lighter brown-pink marble top. The silver metal base and handles bring some freshness to the quite dark cabinet. Equipped with smart storage facilities. 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.