If you combined the work of I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen, the result might
very well look like the Platner Collection (1962). Warren Platner worked
with both of the industrial and organic design giants before turning his
attention to steel wire furniture, for which he devised the structure and
production method. Requiring as many as 1,000 welds and crafted out of wire
and space, the Coffee Table demonstrates Platner's belief that there is room
in modernism "for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that
appeared in a period style like Louis XV." Constructed of metal components
that are finished in bright nickel with a clear lacquer protective coating,
the table features a clear plastic extrusion ring surrounding the base to
protect floors and ensure a level tabletop. The tabletop is made of .4"
thick tempered glass. The Platner Collection is Greenguard Indoor Air
Quality Certified for low-emitting products. Manufactured by Knoll®
according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made
Polished and anodized cast aluminum base; polished and anodized tubular aluminum column; silicone glides; stainless steel tabletop.
Of the furniture and interior designers who began to make their talents visible in the 1960s, Warren Platner was among the less flamboyant. Nevertheless, he earned for himself an international reputation for elegant understatement and the steel wire furniture he designed for Knoll has become an icon of '60s modernism.
Born in Baltimore in 1919, Platner studied architecture at Cornell University and, following graduation in 1941, worked in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. He opened his own New Haven office in 1967, which quickly became a significant design studio, creating furniture, lighting and textiles, as well as residential and commercial interiors. Read more >