Posts Tagged ‘Florence Knoll’

Knoll Sale 2012

September 22, 2012

Freshen up your space during Knoll‘s Annual Sale.  From Sept 21-30, 2012 you can save 15% on the best classic and contemporary designs.  Visit us at the SR Hughes showroom at Center 1 Tulsa and we’ll help you select the perfect fit.

Congenial Company

September 7, 2011

This recent shoot of an apartment in Chicago appears in the August issue of Interior Design Magazine.  The article’s header reads, “Three centuries of art and design keep congenial company in the Chicago apartment of Gensler’s Carlos Martínez.”

If you click the photo above, you’ll get to view a great sideshow of this beautiful apartment.  But, before you go … a few things to note.

Pay attention to the artful of mixing classic modern, contemporary and 19th Century influences (in furniture, in art, and architecture).  It’s a beautiful, elegant, and livable space!

The architectural details have been restored, but it involved removing “decades of fusty upgrades to remove to get back to the 3,000-square-foot apartment’s original interior.”  Now, you can see marvelous details such as the plaster detail on the ceiling … peacefully coexisting with a Mies van der Rohe day bed and Le Corbusier LC2 chair!

The owners have been “collecting art over the past 20 years-the kind of modern and contemporary work most often imagined in stripped-down, crisp white environs. The transition would call for back-to-square-one strategizing and the subtle manipulation of everything from the floor plan to the finishes.”  Certainly, Martinez’s professional life as a designer helps pull this all together seamlessly.

I’ll let you in on a little secret … most of the furniture and lighting could have been sourced right here in Tulsa (hello, SR Hughes)!  Whether you know how to pull it together yourself (you don’t need any design degree) or if you put that trust in a professionally trained eye … SR Hughes works every day with both homeowners and designers alike.  Its easy!  And, wherever you need an extra hand, you can hire the contractor, the art dealer, and everything else you need to pull off your own masterpiece … right here in your own city.

Take a tour through this lovely home and dream a little … then get to work on realizing your own vision … the place you relax in, entertain in, laugh, love, and live in.  Tailor it specifically for you and how you live, then settle in and enjoy living — beautifully!

A Bit of the Whole of Well Known Knoll

October 4, 2010

Knoll has been crafting intelligently designed furniture since its founding 72 years ago and has become one of the world’s leaders in the design industry. Mies van der Rohe’s tufted Barcelona chair, Warren Platner’s sculpted wire table collection, and Marcel Breuer’s eleather strapped Wassily chair. These are a few of the widely recognizable, award winning pieces that have not only made their way into museum collections but are exclusively manufactured by Knoll.

Hans Knoll was influenced in his youth by his father’s furniture production business. It must run in the genes. Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had a few blueprints straight from Bauhaus School for Hans’ father, Walter, who diligently produced prototypes for these legends of design.

Hans Knoll was eventually to leave Germany and land in the Big Apple where he would found Knoll Furniture in 1938. By ’46 Hans married his three year working companion, the brilliant and beautiful Florence Schust. A well schooled architect with good connections, Florence would prove to be an invaluable business partner. The same year they married Knoll Associates was incorporated. Their years together were spent building the company’s reputation by specifically combining the fields of architecture and furniture production. Who else but an architect could design furniture that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and moreover, built to last like buildings?

After the sudden death of Hans Knoll in 1955, Florence took the helm of the company and continued her work with some of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including Eero Saarinen (pictured above with Florence). The genius who would design the Saint Louis Gateway Arch had a remarkable influence at Knoll with the creation of the Tulip chairs, a series of round and oval tables, and the iconic womb chair.

Florence Knoll won many awards with her own designs thus proving that the Knoll brand was truly in good hands. Knoll operates and manufactures still to this day in America and is represented in dealerships around the world. Knoll’s commitment to innovation propels the company forward and its firm belief in the preservation of classic modern design makes Knoll one of our favorites.

For more of the Knoll story, interviews, history and an unprecedented look inside the Knoll philosophy check out the Rizzoli published Knoll: A Modernist Universe.

There’s always room in Womb

September 28, 2010

Knoll Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen

The Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll is the perfect lounge chair. When Saarinen designed this beauty in 1948, he was challenged by Florence Knoll to create “something she could curl up in.” And so was born a beautiful, comfortable lounge chair that supports your body at every angle. You can curl up and take a nap, read a book or enjoy a movie marathon in Womb. If you’re careful, the wide armrests can be a place to put your drink or the right spot to work on your MacBook Pro, iPad or laptop. And if authentic mid century modern design and quailty were not enough, the variety of fabrics available make Womb a natural fit for any home.

Annual Knoll Space Sale

September 22, 2010


January 27, 2010

Save 15% on the Knoll Classics Collection February 1st – 7th

The Knoll Classics Collection includes products designed by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Florence Knoll, Warren Platner, Jens Risom, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen.

Think about it. CLASSIC – a good investment.

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