Celebrating its 80th anniversary in the beautifully presented showroom space at Piazza Bertarelli, Knoll showed its’ latest collections by Piero Lissoni and Marc Newson, alongside a number of re-imagined iconic designs, reaffirming the brand’s global creative vision.
For its 80th anniversary Knoll pays tribute to design originality, creating a special edition of the Butterfly chair.
The year 1938 was a very fertile one for design history: among many developments, the Knoll company was founded, and a very special chair was designed, which Hans Knoll decided to include in the firm’s catalogue from 1947 to 1951, as the Model no. 198.
Thanks to the technological prowess and fine craftsmanship of Knoll, today’s Butterfly has sinuous, dynamic lines, which are also made possible by the quality of the materials involved: the structure is in chromium-plated or coated steel, in white or black, while the seat is made with thermoformed felt.
Today this chair is still recognized as a classic of modernity, a crossover success story, a symbol of lightness and freedom, but also of an elegance that is simultaneously informal and refined
At the 57th Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Knoll celebrates its 80th anniversary, presenting new collections and iconic designs that reaffirm the creative vision that has made the brand famous all over the world.
The new collections presented this year by Knoll and designed by Piero Lissoni establish a perfect dialogue with the architect’s latest creations already in the catalogue.
This year Lissoni has designed KN Collection by Knoll, a family of armchairs based on an absolute balance between modernity and tradition. The collection features a range of materials that set every creation apart, underlining the sophisticated spirit that looks to the future, while at the same time paying tribute to the great design of the past: accents to scatter freely in residential spaces, but also versatile solutions for the contract market
This seating collection is joined by the Red Baron bookshelf, a versatile modular system that relies on the material impact of a structure in metal, glass and wood, with essential lines that make the product eclectic and customizable.
Based on observation of a detail of an airplane wing, Lissoni has designed Red Baron by combining parts that gradually become lighter, tapering into a slender sheet of metal rendered sophisticated by the almost imperceptible thickness and by the finish itself. Delicate but forceful lines generate a harmonious aesthetic balance, the result of removal of any superfluous elements, to convey a sense of captivating appeal and vivid emotions, in a project that puts a clear accent on its contemporary character
In addition, Knoll introduces Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair. Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a forefather of Modernism, Newson’s design, 90 years later, is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition
“ Hans and Florence Knoll put together an incredible team, a remarkable mixture of great masters and young talent, creating a catalogue in which the ‘sculptural’ pieces were inserted in a harmonious framework of ‘architectural’ pieces (as Florence herself called them, though she also used the expression ‘meat and potatoes’). This factor of the mix is still fundamental for us today, because what sets Knoll apart from the others is the fact that we do not make single products, but try to find a balance between sculptural and architectural, designing for complete spaces .” …………… .Benjamin Pardo, Executive Vice-President for Design at Knoll
“ It has been over 50 years since there has been a ‘Knoll’ at Knoll. The DNA that Hans and Florence left us with has been strong and enduring.
There has always been this great mix of celebrating the remarkable ‘salesmanship’ from Hans’ background with a commitment to the best in design from Florence, which has been at the core of our success. Our company is strong, which allows us to say ‘Knoll is modern always because modern always works.’
These are the modern principles upon which we were founded: the commitment to enduring quality and design, a belief that design is, as Florence said, about understanding a client’s needs and solving a problem, with integrity and clarity. Such design will always be modern. ” …………………… Andrew Cogan, CEO of Knoll