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.
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.