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Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll once modestly referred to her furniture as the "meat and potatoes" of the Knoll catalog. Personally, we find "filet mignon" and "pommes duchesse" far more fitting.

Florence Knoll’s early influences included Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer. Having worked with all at some point, she fatefully crossed paths with Hans Knoll in New York in 1941. Florence was fundamental in the Knoll company’s development— her previous alliances with designers provided Knoll with an enviable catalog of makers, while her undulating sense of leadership allowed her to assume the role of Knoll president following Han’s death in 1955. All the while, Florence Knoll pieces remained anchors in a room—understated and simplistic; yet unwaveringly chic.