In keeping with the motto “Modern Always,” Knoll presents new designs alongside its modern classics designed by architects like Florence Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, reflecting the determination to always offer innovative ideas, regardless of passing fashions – ideas that last in time.
Knoll has once again collaborated with architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA, and “Inside Outside” founder Petra Blaisse, to design its showroom display at the Piazza Bertarelli.
This year in Milan. Knoll celebrates the centennial of the birth of Harry Bertoia ( 1915 – 1978 ) with a true in-depth exploration of this eclectic designer—through all his art forms, from sculptures to jewellery and from monoprints to the master’s celebrated Knoll Bertoia furniture collection
This year’s presentation of “This is Knoll,” designed by OMA, focuses on color with striking effects, stylistic games and timeless designs.
The display area, divided into six different zones, is carefully arranged in grand style down to the smallest details.
The late industrial designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia was the ultimate creative polymath, the quintessential designer-craftsman, a complete and gifted artist.
He made a reputation for himself in every field he entered. He was an innovator, he was passionate about his work, he was modest, and above all he was generous.
Harry Bertoia embodied all that is praiseworthy in an artist. ” Art was his sole focus and mission in life.
Among Knoll’s roster of superstar architects, furniture designers and modern masters, is a set of fathers and sons and grandfathers.
Here is an excerpt of the “Knoll family album.”
Richard Schultz …. “I designed the collection in 1966 at the request of Florence Knoll,…
“Many of my designs from 60 years ago are now categorized as Mid-Twentieth Century, which…
” I like to think of my work in this way … There are several kinds, and I like to think that each kind occupies a certain region in the cosmos, maybe the cosmos of my mind, but each work finds its proper environment in a region.
And if you go far enough you could expand this region, cultivate it and it would become fruitful and do more… I regard nature as being the strongest influence “. – Harry Bertoia