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Florence Knoll Inspired
(1917 - )


All items are Florence Knoll inspired designs.

 

Born May 24, 1917 she is considered an icon of mid-20th-century design whose influence is still strong into this century; Florence Knoll Bassett earned her degree in architecture from Armour Institute in 1941. In 1946 she married Hans Knoll and became a full business and design partner of Knoll Associates. She was at once a champion of world-class architects and designers and an exceptional architect. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionized 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. She had a profound influence on American office environments which is largely taken for granted today.

 

In 1969 IIT awarded her the Professional Achievement Award. Her work has been designated "good design" by the Museum of Modern Art. The American Institute of Architects awarded her its Gold Medal for Professional Excellence. In 2002, for her extraordinary contributions to architecture and design, Florence Knoll was accorded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious National Medal of Arts. Her papers are with the Archives of American Art. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of Minnesota.



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