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Knoll furnishings showcased at MoMA New York in a tribute to Florence Knoll


On the third floor of Museum of Modern Art in New York City, a small-scale exhibition is being held until March 18 in honor of Florence Knoll (1917-2019) as a tribute to a woman who is now considered by many to be one of the pioneers of contemporary design.

Showcasing a selection of archival material from the Knoll vaults, the exhibition is framed by the words "Good design is good business", the words Florence Knoll often used when stating her opinion on the importance of design.

Good design was not just a goal, but a constant mentality for Florence Knoll. With this mindset, she co-founded the boundary-breaking modern furnishings company, Knoll Associates.

Over time, Knoll Associates reshaped the landscape of post-war corporate interiors and mid-century homes with a modernist sensibility that reflected her ethos of "total design."

Florence Knoll died on January 25, 2019 at the age of 101 and, so soon after her death, there could not be a better time to spotlight on her work with an exhibition that explained to the public the strong impact of her thought and creations on modern furniture and contemporary design.

Highlights of the exhibition are a careful selection of her works, a wide range of archival KnollTextiles samples, a few of her iconic furniture designs and an array of print material.

Also on display are archival photographs of showrooms and private offices, historic promotional materials used in the very first years of Knoll Associates, a glass vitrine showing Florence Knoll's famous textile kit, and, above all, Florence Knoll's desk.

All in all, an unmissable exhibition that is highly recommended for all lovers of contemporary design.


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