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Set of 2 Florence Knoll Credenza's, 1961
Florence was born in 1917, 12 years later she became orphaned.
She was alone and went to study.
Her skills were soon discovered by none other than Mies van der Rohe and Saarinen.
When she was 19 she worked together with the greatest architects such as Charles Eames, Le corbusier, Marcel Breuer etc.
When she was 26 she went to work at the then young company of Hans Knoll.
It was Hans Knoll who asked her to design an office for former minister Henry L. Stimson.
In 1946, Florence and Hans married and became the driving forces behind Knoll Associates, Inc.
In 1955 her husband Hans Knoll died with his Porsche during a business trip in Cuba.
And at the age of 38, Florence Knoll became the head of Knoll Associates, Inc. She went looking for designers to make unique furniture.
When Florence Knoll revolutionized the design of a private office by replacing the typical executive office with a table, she needed a place for all archives and storage that had traditionally lived in desk drawers.
Her solution, executed in the typical elegance of Florence Knoll, was the low credenza. "I did it because I needed the furniture for a job and it was not there, so I designed it." Perfectly proportioned and impeccably detailed, the design embodies Florence Knoll's adherence to the teachings of her favorite mentor, Mies van der Rohe.
This set Knoll Credenza's are from first production and were purchased in 1967 by an extravagant woman from Antwerp.
She fell in love with the work of Florence Knoll and had her entire living room decorated with the pieces of Florence.
The accompanying side tables that Florence Knoll designed were also purchased.
And are also here for sale now.
Florence Knoll died last week on January 25, 2019.
She is seen as one of the greatest architects and designer in history.
She made Knoll one of the largest furniture companies in the world.