Knoll collaborated with British real estate company The Modern House over the course of two consecutive Fridays in March, opening its Instagram to a The Modern House takeover on March 18. The takeover featured five modern residences furnished by Knoll, with pieces designed by Florence Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Warren Platner, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer and Harry Bertoia.
The following week, The Modern House featured five Knoll pieces selected by the company: personal favorites of The Modern House staff. Albert Hill, Founding Director of The Modern House, wrote of the Florence Knoll Credenza: "Like all of Florence Knoll's pieces, this is a wonderfully unfussy, refined and practical bit of furniture. Knoll never tried to re-invent the wheel and avoided the temptation to dazzle with her designs but rather approached things with a simplicity that was inspirational. With something so pared back, the piece becomes about the proportions and the detailing—both of which are typically satisfying in this credenza."
View features by The Modern House below.
My Favourite Furniture @knollinc This chair seems to come up again and again for me - I have loved it for as long as I can remember being aware of furniture design. I moved to London from Sweden to study art history and design which is where I learnt more about this chair. After that I worked for Skandium where we were given a special talk about Breuer and the materials used for the production of this beautiful chair - we were even taken to visit the Knoll showroom specifically to learn about these chairs! I love the sculptural feeling that this chair has. It’s more than just a piece of furniture, it’s like a piece of art, but at the same time an incredibly functional piece of art! I like the clean, but complex, lines and the lightness that the see-through effect gives. And of course, it’s very comfortable. Matilda, Administrator at The Modern House
My Favourite Furniture @knollinc For me this is such an elegant piece of furniture - as practical as it is beautiful. The discreet and simple design looks sensible in a small space as the pedestal stands out from what Saarinen described as the "slum of legs” of the chairs that surround it. There is also something much more sociable about sitting at a round table. Charlie, Client Advisor at The Modern House
My Favourite Furniture @knollinc Like all of Florence Knoll’s pieces, this is a wonderfully unfussy, refined and practical bit of furniture. Knoll never tried to re-invent the wheel and avoided the temptation to dazzle with her designs but rather approached things with a simplicity that was inspirational. With something so pared back, the piece becomes about the proportions and the detailing – both of which are typically satisfying in this credenza. Albert, Founding Director at The Modern House
My Favourite Furniture @knollinc The Bertoia Diamond Chair is one of those design classics that I imagine will never age. Designed in the early 1950s by Harry Bertoia (with whom I have just learned that I share a birthday!), its inviting sculptural form still seems to me as relevant today as it ever was. Less formal-looking than the side chair, the diamond chair is perfectly suited to lazing about in and watching the world go by. I’ll shortly be moving into a new flat, and one of these is definitely top of my wish list! In black and white please… Andrew, Sales Advisor at The Modern House
My Favourite Furniture @knollinc I’ve just bought my first flat, which is really exciting as until now I’ve never had the chance to properly make a place my own. I am now beginning the mammoth task of furnishing it and the temptation has been to just go and buy everything quickly and cheaply. I have decided, however, to wait a bit and try to buy some more inspirational pieces. Everything might look a bit sparse for the moment but I know it will be worth it. I love this table, it’s so crisp and subtle. Though it’s 70 years old and has quite a distinct mid-century feel, it still looks contemporary and fits well with a surprisingly wide range of other living room furniture. Nicola, PA to the Directors at The Modern House
#1. Hello! If we haven't met, this is @themodernhouse. We're taking over Knoll's Instagram for a few hours today and sharing some interiors inspiration from our trove of Britain's finest modern #architecture. First up: a berry red Bertoia Bird Chair brings balance to a double-height space. | @themodernhouse has taken over our Instagram account for a few hours today. | #TMHtakeover #modernalways #bertoia #harrybertoia #interiors
#2. This single-story house, located on a small private estate in the heart of the sought-after Berkshire village of Holyport, is one of a group of three of the most notable 20th century architect-designed residences in the UK. Originally designed in the early 1960s by Peter Fogo and David Thomas, the house is of steel frame construction and stands on eight pilotis almost one metre above the grounds. Two Bertoia Diamond Chairs stand guard on a granite terrace. | @themodernhouse has taken over our Instagram account for a few hours today. | #TMHtakeover #modernalways #bertoia #harrybertoia
#3. Built in the early 1950s by pioneering engineer Paul Weidlinger, this summer house looks like a white box floating above the ground. Like his friend Marcel Breuer's house across the pond, it serves as a hovering platform for viewing nature—or gazing at the fire, for that matter. A pair of Wassily Chairs (designed by the same Breuer) offers just the seating to do it. | @themodernhouse has taken over our Instagram account for a few hours today. | #TMHtakeover #modernalways #breuer #marcelbreuer #interiors #themodernhouse
#4. The devil is in the details, they say, and we rather like this reveal of copper flashing on the window in the Fogo & Thomas house. A Saarinen Side Table with a light walnut top brings softness to the corner. | @themodernhouse has taken over our Instagram account for a few hours today. | #TMHtakeover #modernalways #saarinen #interiors #themodernhouse
#5. Thank you for following us @themodernhouse today as we took over Knoll's Instagram account. Last but not least, a double-height space in a legendary building. This apartment in the Barbican Estate building in London EC1, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon was furnished with a mix of modern pieces, a fitting choice for one of England's most important post-war pieces of architecture. On view by Knoll here: Florence Knoll Credenzas, Barcelona Stools, and Platner Side Table. | @themodernhouse has taken over our Instagram account for a few hours today. That's a wrap! | #TMHtakeover #modernalways #florenceknoll #brutalism #modern #architecture #platner #mies #interiors #themodernhouse