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Florence Knoll

Born in 1917, Florence Schust took an interest in design and architecture while studying at a boarding school. After graduating from the Cranbrook Academy and working with the world’s most prominent architects, she moved to New York in 1941 and met Hans Knoll, who had recently founded a furniture company there. The couple married in 1946 and thanks to Florence’s design talent and Hans’ business vision and sales abilities, their company transformed from a small organization to an internationally influential brand in style and design. Having also collaborated with names such as Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, and Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll helped the company go a long way in a very short time. Between the 1940s and 1950s, Knoll continued to design single furniture. By perfectly analyzing what industry lacks, the brand designed seating groups, tables and breakfronts. Florence Knoll’s designs are still considered a classic.

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