Florence Knoll Bassett almost single-handedly defined the look of modern corporate interiors in the 1950s and '60s, as founder and director of the Knoll Planning Unit, the space-planning arm of Knoll® Associates. She looked at furniture design as just one aspect of her "total design approach to interiors. "I did it because I needed a piece of furniture for a job and it wasn't there, so I designed it," she said. She wasn't the only one who needed the Florence Knoll Credenza (1961), though, as it has been in constant production since its introduction. The simple, refined design has a white Arabescato top (the same marble used on the Saarinen Pedestal Table) and ebonized oak wood veneers, and is appropriate for a dining room, living room or office space. Made in Italy.
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Ebonized oak wood; .75" Arabescato marble top; steel with polished chrome finish; adjustable glides.
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett (formerly Schust) has had a profound influence on more than 50 years of buildings' interiors. An early protégée of Eero Saarinen, whom she met while studying at the Kingswood School on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, "Shu" (the nickname by which she's popularly known) went on to study architecture at Cranbrook. From there, she earned degrees at the Architectural Association in London and the Armour Institute (Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago). While in Chicago, Shu studied with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for what she calls, "a very valuable year."
She worked briefly in Boston for Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, and while working in New York for Wallace K. Harrison, Shu met Hans Knoll who asked her to design an office for Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson. Additional jobs with Hans Knoll followed, and in 1946, Shu and Hans married and formed Knoll Associates, Inc. Read more >