December 16, 2012


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Lot 147: Florence Knoll

Lot 147: Florence Knoll

Custom sofa

Designed 1982
Ebonized wood, wool upholstery

Knoll International

30.5" x 85" x 31.5"

Designed for the Southeast Bank, Miami, FL, 1982

Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from Sotheby's, Chicago, November 1999, lot 308)

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
Inventory Id: 4054

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Through her “total design” approach, American furniture designer and architect Florence Knoll (b. 1917) produced some of the most iconic furniture designs and interiors of the 20th century. After the sudden death of her husband and founder of Knoll Associates, Hans Knoll, she married Harry Hood Bassett, chairman of the Southeast Bank. Retired since the mid-60s, in 1982 Knoll was asked to design the interior of Southeast’s new building. Completed in 1983, the Southeast Bank Building in Miami, Florida was outfitted with custom furniture from Florence Knoll as well as an extensive collection of modern art, including works by Sol LeWitt, Alexander Calder, and Ellsworth Kelly. A plinth base variation of her classic models, this couch comes from one of the last major interior design commissions of her career. In 2008, the building reopened as the Knoll Miami showroom, redesigned according to Knoll’s original “reductive aesthetic,” incorporating “light, open spaces furnished with elegant woven fabrics, furniture grouped for informal conversation, and brightly colored wall panels.”

“Knoll Miami Showroom.” Knoll Associates, 3 Sept. 2008. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.