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"Modern Design in the Valley" Paves the Way for Knoll 75th Anniversary

New Exhibition Highlights Influence of Knoll Designers Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz and Don Albinson

January 14, 2013

"Modern Design in the Valley," a new exhibition highlighting the global influence of nine designers that settled in Pennsylvania's Upper Perkiomen Valley, including Knoll designers Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz, Don Albinson and Knoll founder Hans Knoll, opens at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania on January 15, 2013.

An opening reception on Sunday, January 20, 2013 will include a panel discussion. In addition to Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz, Don Albinson and Hans Knoll, the exhibition also catalogues the design influence of other designers in the valley.

The exhibition places special emphasis on the design process of each designer, and focuses on the "evolution of a design, through sketches, models, prototypes, catalog and marketing information." As part of the exhibition, contemporary designers were asked to "present or describe a design-related product they most enjoyed working on." These projects are displayed alongside one popular or iconic piece from each designer.

The exhibit acknowledges Hans Knoll's decision to establish Knoll headquarters in East Greenville, Pennsylvania in the 1940s as a driving force behind why so many trained and gifted furniture designers made their homes in the Upper Perkiomen Valley of Pennsylvania.

"As the company grew, so did the need for people trained and gifted with skills for designing new office furnishing products."

The exhibition also highlights Knoll's long history of working with top designers to offer a product portfolio of timeless design that connects people with their lives, their work and their world. Knoll, which celebrates its 75 Anniversary this year, will kick off its celebration with associate meetings in February.

"Modern Design in the Valley will be on display from January 20, 2013 through May 5, 2013 at Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, located in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania at 105 Seminary Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 4pm, Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 3pm and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.