Renowned design and furniture company, Knoll International presents a fresh display of classic and new residential designs at the 2014 Salone.
The company’s Salone Fairgrounds exhibition space was once again conceived by OMA, the collaborative practice co-founded by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas and Inside Outside founded by Petra Blaisse.
This year, Knoll’s presentation includes innovative new collaborations with renowned architect, David Adjaye and celebrated London-based designers, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, alongside a selection of recently updated classics by legendary designers, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, Tobia Scarpa and Marcel Breuer.
Landmark collaborations with architects and designers resulting in such iconic work as Dining Tables and the Tulip Collection by Eero Saarinen; the Barcelona® Collection by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; the Bertoia Collection by Harry Bertoia; and the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer remind Salone visitors of the contemporaneity and accessibility of Knoll’s rich heritage.
Knoll’s design classics have always been a pivotal part of the brand’s success.
And since the company remains committed to high quality and timeless, yet innovative design it makes sense to put a fresh spin on some of Knoll’s most revered pieces.
The result is a display that pays homage to Knoll’s illustrious heritage, while also illustrating its creative vision.
For 75 years Knoll has remained true to the Bauhaus design philosophy that modern furniture should complement architectural space, not compete with it.
To this end, the company’s Salone exhibition presents ideas and themes that reflect its rich design heritage of furniture, textiles and accessories with work grounded in clarity of form and honesty in materials.
The Washington Collection for Knoll™
Knoll has teamed up with renowned London-based architect, David Adjaye to present his furniture collection at the Salone for the first time.
The Washington Collection for Knoll™ consists of seating that transforms David Adjaye’s architectural and sculptural vision into accessible objects for the home and office.
The two cantilevered chairs – Washington Skeleton™ and Washington Skin™ – establish a play between propping and balancing, so that they are simultaneously functional and sculptural.
The chairs, with their unique leg design, are available in two materials: die-cast aluminum (Washington Skeleton) and reinforced nylon (Washington Skin).
Like complementary inversions of each other, the aluminum chair is reduced to a fine geometric lattice, while the nylon chair offers a colorful envelope of the same form.
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby Collection
A new sofa with chaise lounge and compact armchair have been added to Knoll’s spirited Lounge Collection by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.
The collection was first introduced by Knoll during the 2013 Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
The Lounge Collection by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby includes different sized sofas, offering a relaxed contemporary attitude towards interior design.
Available in a range of upholstery fabrics and leathers, the lounge furniture is distinguished by stitched seams that reinforce its architectural profile, softened by the curvature of cushions on each face.
Each piece sits on distinctive cast aluminum feet that slide neatly between its upholstered elements.
The feet can be specified in chrome and various lacquered colors to serve as a contrasting highlight.
A compact version of the sofa is also available. Scaled for the workplace or smaller apartment, these pieces feature a lower back and reduced seat depth.
New Colours and Finishes to the Saarinen Collection
Knoll’s renowned Saarinen Dining Tables and Saarinen Low Tables are available for outdoor use.
The iconic tables, which are already offered in countless types and colors of marble, as well as in wood and laminate tops, are now also available in a white Acrylic Stone top.
This special Acrylic Stone makes the tables suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments.
Knoll’s new Outdoor Saarinen Dining Tables and Outdoor Saarinen Low Tables are being offered in several different sizes/dimensions.
Knoll is also introducing a lacquer top finish to its collection of Saarinen Tables. The lacquer top, which is available in a variety of bright and neutral colors, provides a fresh, modern twist to the traditional Saarinen Table.
Unlike the Acrylic Stone, the lacquer top tables are only suitable for indoor use.
Knoll’s Saarinen Pedestal Table was first introduced in 1956. Designed by Eero Saarinen to alleviate clutter, this innovative table introduced the concept of one center stem, instead of the traditional four legged support.
This minimalist design not only opened up space underneath the table, but provided a cleaner, elegant look that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Knoll is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure.
Today, its commitment to modern design, understanding of the workplace, and dedication to sustainable design have yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs.