Knoll

A Colorful Identity


From the New York Subway system to American Airlines, Massimo Vignelli is responsible for some of the most iconic and enduring graphic identities of the twentieth century. Born in Milan in 1931, Vignelli displayed an interest and aptitude in design at a relatively early age. At sixteen, he began working as a draftsman at Castiglioni Architects in Milan.
Massimo Vignelli, graphic design, Knoll, furniture, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Harry Bertoia, Helvetica, Color, poster

2011 National Design Awards: Corporate and Institutional Achievement - Knoll


Hans and Florence Knoll founded their company in 1938 on the belief that good design enriches our lives. That belief thrives today at Knoll through their pioneering analysis of work patterns, reimagining furniture for the ever-changing workplace, and setting standards for sustainable design. Throughout its history, Knoll has fostered the most innovative designers of our time—many here in this room tonight—with one constant goal: a genuine balance of art and industry.
Knoll, furniture design, furniture, National Design Awards, National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement, 2011

Object of the Month: Small Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia


Known primarily as a sculptor, Harry Bertoia designed the Small Diamond chair for Knoll between 1950 and 1952. During that time, rather than do conventional design research, Bertoia conceived of a series of side chairs and lounge chairs for mass production, made of wire mesh formed into seating shells. According to Bertoia, “In the chairs, many functional problems have to be satisfied first. . .
Object of the Month, chair, Small Diamond, Harry Bertoia, sculptor, Knoll

Object of the Month - February 2012: Knoll Textiles


For over seventy years, Knoll has been a leader in modern workplace furnishings and textiles. Cooper-Hewitt recently added forty pieces of Knoll textiles and furniture to the collection, most of which were recently seen in the exhibition Knoll Textiles: 1945–2010 at the Bard Graduate Center Museum in New York.
Object of the Month, textiles, Knoll, workplace, furnishings, acquisitions