Most people do not consider the sofa they purchase for their living room to be a collector’s item unless they are familiar with the furniture designs of Florence Knoll. The particular design details of a Florence Knoll sofa have the common theme of being unique, stylish and very functional.
Florence’s furniture designs tend to be somewhat larger than average, but the classic lines enable the pieces to blend seamlessly with the size of the room and other pieces placed within the space. In addition to their classic looks and aesthetic appeal, Florence Knoll sofas are built on an inner frame of solid wood and offer a no-sag seat suspension. The full length external base is made of highly polished stainless steel with base joints that are fully welded and sanded. The padded caps on the legs provide complete protection for either valuable hardwood or carpeted floors. The cushions are upholstered with only the highest quality fabric, and are also available in leather. They are attached to the sofa with velcro to prevent slippage, but can easily be removed for cleaning.
Many people find they need to replace their sofa and complementary pieces on an average of 10 to 15 years, and the time frame is even shorter for families with young children and/or pets. This is one good reason to consider purchasing a Florence Knoll sofa and also some of the complimentary pieces that are built with the same level of quality. The pieces are upholstered with the highest quality materials, and the stitching consists of clean, straight lines to create maximum strength. This means the sofa is able to withstand the heaviest use and will outlast other inferior brands by many years.
Florence Knoll never set out to be a furniture designer, but had an interest in architecture from her earliest years. In 1946 she married Hans Knoll who was the founder and owner of the Hans Knoll furniture company in New York. Florence began working with architects to expand the business into the field of interior design. Eventually a furniture factory in Pennsylvania was established and Florence’s flair for designing furniture was proven to be a great success. Florence had been added as a full business partner to Knoll, and together they founded Knoll Associates. Hans Knoll was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1955, after which Florence took over the full operation of the company.
In 1958 Florence married Harry Hood Bassett, but retained the position of President of Knoll Associates until she retired in 1960. Even after retiring as head of the company, Florence served as the Director of Design until completely retiring in 1965. The furniture designs of Florence Knoll were often exhibited as an example of “good design” at the Museum of Modern Art.
Florence Knoll furniture designs became very popular in corporate offices due to the clean and uncluttered look they created. The timeless design of Florence Knoll furniture was most recently recognized in 2002 when Florence was awarded the National Metal of Arts.