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BARBICAN LIFE


Knoll International celebrates its 75th Anniversary (in the neighbourhood!)


W hen German


emigre Hans Knoll founded the business in New York back in 1938


he transplanted a modern European sensibility into the commercial vibrancy of the USA. But it wasn't until he met Florence Schust, who joined the company and later became his wife that the revolutionary spirit was truly seeded. From the late 1940's onwards Florence Knoll built on her education and contacts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to form relationships with


shared by both the Bauhaus and the architects of the Barbican (Chamberlain, Powell & Bonn) to create “a new way of living” and provide a driving force in the development of Modernism. For Knoll this involved technical challenges that were posed by the unprecedented forms and performance requirements of the new designs. These techniques are still being practiced today in their factories, for example in Italy where much of the hand crafting is carried out. This tradition of passion, quality and innovation continues through collaborations with international


It's the perfect opportunity to find furniture that belongs in The Barbican!


“Back to mein haus?” Designed in 1925.


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some of the 20th century's most prolific innovators in design and architecture such as Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer.


Knoll International provides a direct link with the Bauhaus masters including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel “Lajko” Breuer, whose furniture has been manufactured by Knoll continuously since they authorised Florence Knoll to produce it. Readers might recall that the recent Bauhaus exhibition “Art as Life” at the Barbican used an image of Breuer's Wassily chair (of 1926) on its posters and catalogue cover. This chair is still made by Knoll to the exacting standards laid down by its designer and is in every sense a true original. It is a perfect illustration of the aspiration


designers such as Marc Krusin, Architecture et Associés and, most recently, British designers BarberOsgerby. The enduring imagination of Florence Knoll and the language of modernity that she evolved still has the power to transform the home into a place of comfort and distinction. It provides the link between architecture and interiors through spatial clarity, colour, texture, form and proportion.


The story of Knoll is endless and fascinating and is easily accessible to Barbican residents at our fabulous showroom just 7 minutes walk from Barbican Tube at 91 Goswell Road, open 9-5.30 Mon-Fri, late nights and weekends by appointment (0207 236 6655). Sign up for our Newsletter at uk@knolleurope.com


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