“Through my studies and looking back to my days at Cranbrook, I realized Detroit has this great design legacy,” says Isabelle Weiss, DECASO dealer and founder of Detroit-based gallery NEXT:SPACE. “However, it is a legacy that most people have either forgotten about, or never knew about—especially when it comes to furniture.”
She may have helped found one of the most iconic furniture brands of the 20th century, but Florence Knoll is not the type of woman to be branded. On the contrary, the Knoll co-founder (who turned 101 this past May) pushed boundaries and evaded typecasts at every turn. As a furniture designer, she developed some of the era’s most enduring designs, pushing designs that partnered efficiency with gracefulness. If Mid-Century Modern were to have a First Lady, Florence Knoll would be it.
DECASO Senior Director of Dealer Relations, Tod Donobedian, visited Detroit, Michigan to tour the recently opened The S. pace Detroit. To prep for his visit, he delved into Detroit’s illustrious design past, uncovering the backstory that forms the foundation for The S. pace Detroit’s masterful approach to curation. Below is Tod’s personal account of of his recent visit.