Robert Siegel earned a bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute and a master’s of architecture from Harvard University. During his long partnership with Charles Gwathmey, which began in 1968 with the founding of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, he has designed countless architectural projects, including the 1992 Guggenheim extension and renovation.
The firm first worked with Knoll to design the Knoll building on Boston’s historic Newbury Street. The careful design suited the historical character of the street in proportion and presence but also incorporated ingenious modern details, which made it undeniably Knoll.
After completing the showroom, Gwathmey and Siegel returned to Knoll to introduce the Gwathmey Siegel Desk and Derby Desk. Like the showroom, the desks integrated traditional proportions and materials with modern details and simplicity.