At this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Knoll will debut a renewed design direction led by Jonathan Olivares, acclaimed industrial designer and newly named SVP of Design at Knoll.
An entirely reimagined pavilion and the collections within signal a new chapter for our storied company, forwarding our architectural spirit and building on our legacy of creative collaborations that capture and catalyze the zeitgeist in contemporary design.
Knoll will present a new pavilion designed by OFFICE, the studio founded by Belgian architect duo Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. It provides a domestic scale within the sprawling trade fair environment, incorporating a variety of rooms, gathering spaces and gardens. Notably, it is made of largely recycled materials and can be fully recycled after use.
Built of aluminium posts and beams and aluminium and glass panels with a recycled concrete terrazzo floor, the pavilion is conceived as a reflective and colour-neutral home—a series of interconnected rooms that allude to indoors and outdoors, providing intimate and open areas where visitors can experience a technological and sustainable vision for our time.
Knoll is built on a legacy of creative collaboration—an ongoing dialogue with contemporary architects and designers that has yielded a timeless collection of pioneering products for high-performance workplaces, work-from-home settings, and luxury residential interiors. This year’s exhibition features four novel partnerships.
The Belgian architecture practice OFFICE was established by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen with the idea that architecture is a cultural undertaking aimed at improving the human environment. With the Knoll pavilion, they have delivered a space informed by the ideologies of Eliel Saarinen and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and which integrates nature as an indispensable aspect. “Nature is fundamental to our work. To us, it’s always about the position of architecture in relation to the reality of the world—and to life,” say the co-principals. “The pavilion represents a contemporary vision of how Knoll interiors are composed and furnished.”
In the spirit of the Harry Bertoia works commissioned by Florence Knoll for her early Knoll showrooms, the pavilion features artworks by Jonathan Muecke—a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he was the Florence Knoll scholar. The two- and three-dimensional works introduce shape and texture at a scale that invigorates Knoll spaces for the present day. The works on display, including PS (Painted Shape) and FS (Flat Shape), are the first of many commissioned from Muecke for future Knoll showrooms.
Photography by Jonathan Muecke and Volume Gallery
Along the pathway are interior gardens designed by landscape designer Jeroen Provoost, who curated a selection of greenery that recalls desert landscapes to create a soft contrast with the aluminium and concrete pavilion. The gardens serve as a backdrop to Knoll products by highlighting nature as an essential part of living, and create a dramatic sense of the outdoors within the show environment.
French lighting designers les éclaireurs have developed a sophisticated lighting system that reproduces different ‘sunlight scenarios’ within the green areas of the stand. The light changes colour and intensity throughout the day, expressing the conditions of natural light to create an emotive scenographic immersion. Based in Lyon, les éclaireurs are artists and engineers renowned for dynamic lighting installations across a variety of contemporary architectural projects.
"The pavilion provides a residential setting for Knoll to inhabit with its existing and new collections, and a space to dream about future pieces as we embark on a new chapter in our history."Jonathan Olivares, SVP of Design, Knoll
Knoll will introduce a new outdoor collection by Piero Lissoni, a re-launch of an archival lounge-height Saarinen table, and the 1966 Collection by Richard Schultz in a new dark red frame. The new collections will be presented alongside classic products from the Knoll portfolio, including designs by Florence Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Harry Bertoia.
Our long-standing collaboration with Piero Lissoni continues with the debut of an outdoor furniture collection that merges linear modernist style with the contemporary desire for comfort. Inspired by the 1966 Collection by Richard Schultz, the Lissoni Outdoor Collection is distinguished by linear aluminium frames that host deep cushions for an absolute level of comfort and relaxation. Composed of two- and three-seat sofas, armchairs, stools, and coffee tables in various sizes, the collection is available in three aluminium finishes—white, onyx, and dark red—with a new selection of outdoor upholstery fabrics that allow numerous options for customisation. Cushion covers are fully removable and suited for extended outdoor use.
In 1957, Knoll introduced its revolutionary collection of pedestal-based tables and chairs by Eero Saarinen. Still considered one of the most iconic examples of post-war design, the unmistakable profile seems to grow from the ground to become one with the surrounding environment.
Today, we announce the reissue of an archival 66cm height for two round table diameters (91cm and 107cm). The new height is an ideal partner to a sofa or lounge chair, serving the contemporary need for flexible living and work. Materials and finishes remain unchanged: the top is offered in a wide variety of marble, white or black laminate, or a range of precious wood, and the base in white or black rilsan.
When Florence Knoll retired to Florida, USA, she needed poolside furniture to withstand the tropical sun and salty air. She engaged Richard Schultz for the designs, whom she knew through his collaboration with Harry Bertoia. Thus was born the Leisure Collection, now known as the 1966 Collection—the first collection of outdoor furniture to become an enduring classic.
This year, the collection expands to include a new dark red finish option for the frame—a striking contrast to the characteristic white mesh of the seat. The new finish is offered in the 1966 Tables, rectangular or square with porcelain steel top; the 1966 Chair with and without armrests; the 1966 Chaise Lounge with or without adjustable backrest; the 1966 Serving Cart; and square 1966 Tables in a variety of sizes.
Charles Pfister designed a sofa collection in 1971 whose restrained elegance and solid proportions would make it a cornerstone of the Knoll portfolio and a hallmark of craftsmanship and timeless design.
The Pfister collection is now renewed with a deeper seat designed to optimise comfort, revivifying its earliest manifestation. It includes several lounge variants, including armchairs and two- and three-seat sofas. A wide range of leather and fabric finishes allows for the customisation of Pfister’s every detail, expressing a bespoke vision in any type of environment.
Joseph D’Urso, a renowned interior designer with a minimalist style, designed a collection of tables to great acclaim in 1980. Initially developed for the US market, the collection has now reached the European and Asian markets.
Hallmarks of the collection are simple lines that combine streamlined proportions and industrial materials, highlighting D’Urso’s preference for objects designed to adapt to any function and situation. The D’Urso Low Table has a round or square top and is available in a variety of materials. Its structure is complemented by casters to allow for convenient movement within spaces.