Established in 1938, Knoll has long been one of the most successful and original brands that specialise in providing exquisite designs both for residential and office purposes. During the occasion of the London Design Festival, Knoll introduced a series of new stunning contemporary and timeless designs.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Knoll presented its new collection and iconic designs that further emphasised their creative and revolutionary design vision. Over the years, the design brand has been collaborating with the some of the best talents and masters around the world, including contemporary designers, Piero Lissoni and Marc Newson, who were responsible for the design of Knoll’s latest pieces.
Knoll introductions include new collections by Piero Lissoni that establish a perfect dialogue with the architect’s existing designs for Knoll. This year, Lissoni has designed the KN Collection by Knoll, a family of armchairs based on an absolute balance between modernity and tradition. Lissoni also designed the Red Baron bookcase, a versatile modular system that relies on the material impact of a structure in metal, glass and wood, with essential lines that make the product eclectic and customizable.
The collection features a range of materials that set every creation apart, underlining the sophisticated spirit that looks to the future, while at the same time paying tribute to the great design of the past: accents to scatter freely in residential spaces, but also versatile solutions for high-performance workplaces and luxury interiors.
“This is a seating collection, a family of chairs with a modernist spirit, for which I have applied my usual proportions. In this project I have set out to reflect the entire history of Knoll”, described Lissoni in regards to the collection.
In addition, Knoll introduces Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair as a tribute to the cantilevered chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. 90 years later, Newson’s design is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition. The radical design reflects Newson’s fanaticism for the space age, as well as his belief that, “design is about improving things and about looking to the future, pushing technology forward.”
“Newson’s Aluminum Chair really pays tribute to Mies’s Tugendhat Chair, employing a similar reverse cantilever. This reverse cantilever evokes a visual weightlessness and renders an incredibly simple profile, where the seat floats effortlessly and is joined to the back via the legs of the chair,” explained Benjamin Pardo, Knoll’s Design Director, “we wanted to reimagine the tubular steel construction revolutionized at the Bauhaus– which is transitively tied to Knoll–with Newson’s unique ability to imagine organic, almost futuristic shapes,” concludes Pardo.
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