Florence Knoll Bassett took a holistic view of interior space planning. As director of the Knoll Planning Unit in the 1950s, her "total design" approach embraced everything about a space – including the furniture. She modestly referred to her furniture designs as the "meat and potatoes" of an interior, yet to this day they hold the same iconic American appeal as that most basic and functional of meals. Her Lounge Collection (1954) has the simple, architectural lines and unparalleled construction of all modern classics. This Coffee Table is manufactured by Knoll® according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer.
Available in glass or solid Arabescato marble.
KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature are stamped into the inside of the leg.
Winner of American Institute of Interior Designers First Award in 1954.
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 >