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 Hungary in 1902, Marcel Breuer was a designer and architect who joined the school of Bauhaus at the age of 18. The designer, who became one of the main teachers of the
movement four years later, encouraged his students to take a methodological perspective to how furniture can be industrially manufactured.
Opening his own architecture office in Berlin in 1928, Breuer went to Harvard University to teach architecture in 1937. He worked with architect Walter Gropius in Cambridge, Massachusetts between 1938 and 1941.
Having moved to New York in 1946, Breuer partook in many projects such as Sarah Lawrence College Theater in New York, the UNESCO center in Paris, De Bijenkorf store in Rotterdam, IBM research center in France, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.