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Knoll credenza designed by Florence Knoll, 1961
Florence was born in 1917, 12 years later she became an orphan.
She was on her own and went to full study.
Her abilities were soon discovered by none other than Mies van der Rohe and Saarinen.
When she was 19 she already worked with the greatest architects such as Charles Eames, Le corbusier, Marcel Breuer etc.
When she was 26 she started working at the then young company of Hans Knoll.
It was Hans Knoll who asked her to design an office for the former minister Henry L. Stimson.
Florence and Hans got married in 1946 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 create 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 the archives and storage that had traditionally lived in office 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 wasn't 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.
Florence Knoll died last week on January 25, 2019.
She is seen as one of the greatest architects and designers in history.
She made Knoll one of the largest furniture companies in the world.