Florence Knoll Collection - Relax

Designed by Florence Knoll, 1954

This versatile collection includes a lounge chair, a two-seater sofa and a three-seater sofa. The KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature are stamped into base of each frame, to guarantee authenticity.

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FEATURES

This versatile collection includes a lounge chair, a two-seater sofa and a three-seater sofa.

The KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature are stamped into base of each frame, to guarantee authenticity.


CONSTRUCTION

Metal structure embedded in polyurethane foam.

Exposed metal frame and legs. Heavy gauge tubular steel in polished chrome and painted finish.

UPHOLSTERY

Seat suspension with variable density foam. Seat and back cushions with variable density foam welted and covered with polyester fiberfills to enhance comfort.

Seat and back cushions are also available untufted or "quilted' with buttons for the version in leather and without buttons for the upholstered version with fabrics.

Upholstery available in a range of fabric and leather.

Dimensions

FLORENCE KNOLL RELAX

Lounge Chair
81cm W x 81cm D x 80 cm h.

Two-seat sofa
159cm W x 88cm D x 80cm h

Three-seat sofa
230cm W x 88cm D x 80cm h

 


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As head of the Knoll Planning unit, Florence Knoll always approached furniture design with the larger space in mind. Most important to her was how a piece fit into the greater design — the room, the floor, the building. Every element of a Knoll-planned space supported the overall design and complemented the existing architecture. Never one to compromise, Florence would often design furniture when she, “needed the piece of furniture for a job and it wasn’t there.” And while she never regarded herself as a furniture designer, her quest for harmony of space and consistency of design led her to design several of Knoll’s most iconic pieces—all simple, none plain. As skyscrapers rose up across America during the post-war boom, Florence Knoll saw it as her job to translate the vocabulary and rationale of the modern exterior to the interior space of the corporate office. Thus, unlike Saarinen and Bertoia, her designs were architectural in foundation, not sculptural. She scaled down the rhythm and details of modern architecture while humanising them through color and texture. Her lounge collection, designed in 1954, is a perfect example of her restrained, geometric approach to furniture, clearly derived from her favourite mentor, Mies van der Rohe.

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While a student at the Kingswood School on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Florence Knoll Bassett (née Schust) became a protegée of Eero Saarinen. She studied architecture at Cranbrook, the Architectural Association in London and the Armour Institute (Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago). She worked briefly for Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Wallace K. Harrison. In 1946, she became a full business and design partner and married Hans Knoll, after which they formed Knoll Associates. She was at once a champion of world-class architects and designers and an exceptional architect in her own right. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionised interior space planning. Her belief in "total design" – embracing architecture, manufacturing, interior design, textiles, graphics, advertising and presentation – and her application of design principles in solving space problems were radical departures from the standard practice in the 1950s, but were quickly adopted and remain widely used today. For her extraordinary contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious 2002 National Medal of Arts.