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Knoll Designer Bios

Robert DeFuccio

b. New York, 1936

A true renaissance man, Robert DeFuccio majored in industrial arts education at the State University of New York in Oswego before studying woodworking and furniture design at the School for American Craftsman, and earning his master’s degree in English from Syracuse University.

In 1960, DuFuccio joined the Knoll Design Development Group where he assisted in taking many iconic Knoll designs from concept to production. While working on the tooling for the Petitt chair, a complicated bentwood design, DeFuccio developed ideas for his own bentwood furniture. The resulting DeFuccio tables, a series of Shaker-inspired designs, were introduced by Knoll in 1971. Four years later, DeFuccio designed a series of chairs using the same technology.

He established his own design firm in 1971 and continues to design award-winning furniture.