Knoll book published by Rizzoli

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 27th, 2013

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I recently got a copy of Knoll: A Modernist Universe by Brian Lutz and fell in love. Published by Rizzoli, an imprint renowned for art, design and fashion publications, their treatment of Knoll – a company synonymous with modern design – is both beautiful and incredibly informative. Starting with a history of the company, which was founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll and his wife, Florence, the book really explains Knoll’s pivotal role in bringing European modern design to America, being the first to produce Mies van der Rohe’s and Marcel Breuer’s Bauhaus designs for the North American market. The book then goes through seven decades of design with plenty of imagery to make you covet iconic works like Eero Saarinen’s Tulip chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona collection or Warren Platner’s bent wire tables and chairs, as well as less well-known but equally desirable designs. If you’re not a design aficionado and not already aware of Knoll’s illustrious history, you will be amazed at just how influential the firm has been – their furniture has sparked legions of imitators and really shaped our notion of good design.


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