Milan, 9 April 2019 – For the 58th Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Knoll celebrates an important anniversary – the Bauhaus centenary – and presents the new collections, alongside the iconic products of the brand, eloquently emphasizing a clear set of values: timelessness, the coherent design logic that has always been the company’s trademark, skilfully combined with uniqueness and comfort.
Founded in 1938 through collaboration with the great masters of design and architecture of the 20th century, Knoll continues its path today with the most outstanding contemporary talents, constantly confirming the creative vision that has made the brand famous all over the world.
The new collections presented by Knoll designed by Piero Lissoni are perfectly coordinated with the recent items designed for the catalogue by the architect. For this edition of the Salone, Lissoni has created Gould, a new family of upholstered furniture inspired by the American Fifties and the architecture of that period. The KN Collection now expands with two different proposals, an KN04 chair with four fixed legs and the KN05, a two-seat settee with linear forms and a metal structure that brings lightness to this recognizable, original design.
Knoll is also showing the new Smalto collection of tables designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, featuring a forceful graphic approach that becomes a contemporary reinterpretation of the great design classics.
In keeping with the philosophy “Modern Always,” Knoll presents new developments alongside modern classics by exceptional architects and designers like Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, in a display space honed down to the smallest details in impeccable style. The installation created by OMA, the firm co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is an example of the rigorous minimalism Marcel Breuer applied in the original design of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The booth focuses on concepts of modular design, prefabrication and geometry, to create an adaptable, practical display setting.
Andrew Cogan – CEO and Chairman of Knoll, Inc. comments: “The legacy of Hans and Florence has a strong, lasting impact. Today Knoll reflects this mixture between the great salesman, a role belonging to the background of Hans, and the focus on brilliant design, which instead came from Florence. We can truly say that ‘Knoll is always modern because modern always works,’ based on the underlying principles of our company: the commitment to design quality and the conviction that design – as Florence said – means the ability to understand the needs of the client, to solve a problem with integrity and clarity. This will always be modern.”