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  • Knoll Designer Florence Knoll

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    Florence Knoll

    In creating the revolutionary Knoll Planning Unit, Florence Knoll defined the standard for the modern corporate interiors of post-war America. Drawing on her background in architecture, she introduced modern notions of efficiency, space planning, and comprehensive design to office planning projects. Florence ardently maintained that she did not merely decorate space—she created it. 

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  • Knoll Designer Antenna Design

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    Antenna Design

    Antenna Design was founded in 1997 by Masamichi Udagawa, a Cranbrook Acadamy graduate, and Sigi Moeslinger, who holds degrees from NYU and Art Center College of Design. Antenna's people-centered design approach aims to make the experience of objects and environments more meaningful and exciting. Among Antenna’s best known projects are the design of New York City Subway cars and ticket vending machines, JetBlue check-in kiosks and displays for Bloomberg.

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  • Knoll Featured Designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘less-is-more’ approach to design was the gold standard for many generations of modern architecture. His legendary career started humbly at his father’s stonemasonry business, giving him an early appreciation of material and structure. From there he apprenticed with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin before joining the office of Peter Behrens, an architect and painter at the forefront of the modern movement.

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  • KnollTextiles Designer Proenza Schouler

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    Proenza Shouler

    Proenza Schouler leads the way in a new generation of American design with a clever mix of subtle urban elegance and the opulence of accurate, in-the-moment design, all tinted by a youthful fearlessness. Theirs is a vision that defines the trends of tomorrow.

    Proenza Schouler re-imagines their work in fashion for the modern interior. A mix of strong color balanced by clean neutrals and novel textures defines this Knoll Luxe collection.

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  • Knoll Designer Harry Bertoia

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    Harry Bertoia

    Harry Bertoia was a complete and gifted artist. After studying at the Detroit Technical High School and the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts, Harry Bertoia opened his own metal workshop at Cranbrook where he taught jewelry design and metal work. In 1946 he moved to California to help fellow Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames develop methods of laminating and bending plywood. Bertoia’s iconic wire furniture collection, introduced in 1952, is recognized worldwide as one of the great achievements of 20th century furniture design.

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  • KnollTextiles Designer Rodarte

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    Rodarte

    Winner of the prestigious 2009 CFDA Award for Womenswear Design, Rodarte is known for exquisite craftsmanship, precise detailing, and creative innovation. Recent runway collections for the LA-based design team have referenced disparate themes, such as Japanese horror films, Gordon Matta Clark, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, and California Condors.

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  • Knoll Designer Eero Saarinen

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    Eero Saarinen

    Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. After studying sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale, Saarinen returned in 1934 to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father. It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames and Florence Schust.

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