Founded in 1938, the furniture brand Knoll offers furniture and decoration solutions for offices, living spaces, museums and higher education centers. Founded by Hans Knoll, the brand has become a global company with manufacture sites in East Greenville, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Toronto in Northern America; and in Foligno and Graffignana in Italy. Knoll turns modern furniture into inspiring, transforming and durable objects.
More than 40 of Knoll’s designs are included in the permanent design exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Presented with the National Design Award by Smithsonian Design Museum in 2011, Knoll has sponsored many exhibitions from modernist architecture to design and offered scholarship to students in this field. Focusing on being iconic and ergonomic in its furniture, Knoll stands out with its unique lines.
Having initiated the “Modernism at Risk” program with the World Monuments Fund in 2006 to preserve modernist architecture and to pass it on to next generations, Knoll carries out activities to raise awareness for modernist architecture through exhibitions, contests and conferences. Included in the New York Stock Exchange with the code KNL, Knoll is also known for its powerful design team.
Italian architect, art director and designer Piero Lossini opened Lissoni Associati, the multidisciplinary studio which focuses in architecture, interior and product/light design, with Nicoletta Canesi in Milan in 1986.
Piero Lissoni has designed the products and fair booths of many prestigious brands such as Alessi, Audi, B&B Italia, Bonacina 1889, Cappellini, Cassina, Cotto, Fantini, Flos, Gallo, Glas Italia, Golran, Illy, Kartell, Kerakoll Tasarım Evi, Knoll International, Olivari, Salvatori, Sanlorenzo Yatlar, Serapian, Tecno, Viccarbe, and Wella. He also worked as an art director at Alpi, Boffi, De Padova, Lema, Living Divani, Lualdi, and Porro.
Lissoni, whose works in architecture and design are known all across the world, has received a number of international awards including the Good Design Award, Red Dot Award, Compasso d’Oro ADI, and Elle Decor International. ı.