Modern Design /06 October 2011


Florence Knoll

cabinet, model 541
Knoll Associates
USA, 1952
walnut, enameled wood, chrome-plated steel
75¼ w × 18½ d × 28¾ h in (191 × 47 × 73 cm)

Cabinet features four doors concealing five adjustable shelves. Signed with decal manufacturer's label to interior: [Knoll Associates Inc. 320 Park Ave. New York 22, N.Y.].

literature: Knoll Furniture: 1938-1960, Rouland and Rouland, pg. 133

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000

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Florence Knoll b. 1917

Florence Knoll (née Florence Schust) was born in Michigan in 1917. As a child, she was enrolled in the Kingswood School, a division of the Cranbrook School of Art. Eliel and Loja Saarinen, parents of architect Eero Saarinen, quickly noted her talents, and she became a close friend of the family often joining them on vacations to their summer home in Finland. In 1935, Knoll studied urban planning at Columbia University and continued her degree at the Architectural Association of London from 1938 to 1939. World War II brought Knoll back to the United States where she finished her degree in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago studying under Mies van der Rohe. After graduating, Knoll moved to Massachusetts to work in the office of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.

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