Milan, 17 April 2018 – At the 57th Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Knoll celebrates its 80th anniversary, presenting new collections and iconic designs that reaffirm the creative vision that has made the brand famous worldwide.
Founded in 1938
through collaboration with the great masters of 20th-century design and
architecture, today Knoll continues to evolve by working with the most
outstanding contemporary talents.
Knoll Pavilion by OMA
The path through the stand reveals nuanced updates to renowned Knoll designs, mixed with the latest creations, harmoniously shifting from subtle details to elegant, unexpected ensembles. New products are the central focus, triggering relationships with their surroundings, in a blend of evolution and innovation. A new way of living – in the name of personality and creativity – developed for the home and workplace, from the most intimate rooms to intensely public spaces.
The Newson Aluminum Chair for Knoll
Newson Aluminum Chair
Knoll also introduces Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair at the 2018 Salone de Mobile. Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Newson’s design is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition. The radical design reflects Newson’s fanaticism for the space age, as well as his belief that, “design is about improving things and about looking to the future, pushing technology forward.”
Defined by a single uninterrupted line, the design brings Marc Newson’s signature combination of organic forms and precision engineering to the Knoll seating portfolio. Echoing the futuristic vocabulary that characterizes his work, the side chair for Knoll marries hard and soft, solid and transparent, in a striking form that seems to levitate in space.
Newson forewent the tubular steel revolutionized by Mies and the Bauhaus in favor of cast aluminum, a material he felt allowed for a more dynamic form. The chair consists of three high-pressure castings – a main frame and two end caps – which connect to create a remarkably simple, yet structurally sound frame. To Newson’s liking, the complexity of the engineering is made invisible through mechanical precision and streamlined design. The mesh seat and back integrate seamlessly with the frame, further emphasizing the chair’s visual purity. To evoke a more residential feel, Newson selected a mesh that is tightly knit and is softer to the touch.
The Newson Aluminum Chair is offered in combinations of three frame colors: black, warm white, and grey; and six mesh colors: black, grey, blue, red, yellow, and white. In addition, the stacking chair has two versions: arm and armless. Read more about the Newson Aluminum Chair in Architectural Digest and The Wall Street Journal.
Piero Lissoni Designs for Knoll
KN comes in two versions. In the low model KN01, the proportions between seat and shell height provide a balanced blend of compactness and comfort. The curved design has a minimalist tone, while offering maximum relaxation for those who choose it.
A second version KN02 with more compact and extended proportions is offered with a headrest and a practical manual mechanism built into the armrest that enables the chair to recline, adapting to posture variations. The configuration can be completed with a footrest and a seat cushion.
The modular bookshelf celebrates material essence and personalized finishing for a unique touch and look, designed to display remarkable collections. From the residence to the workplace, the bookshelf can alter its function while maintaining its aesthetic characteristics, depending on the choice of materials – extra-clear tempered glass or chestnut wood – which can also be applied in a mixed approach for the back and sides. The result is a family open to expansion, easily coordinated with the other products in the Knoll collection.
Avio Sofa System
With the Avio Sofa System, Knoll expands its collection of upholstered furniture, making it more complete and well balanced in terms of functional harmony, styles and requirements. The renewed Avio Sofa is available in a more compact version, without sacrificing any of the aesthetic appeals of the original. The seat is slightly less deep, fitting in smaller spaces while still providing moments of relaxation.
Knoll has expanded the range of fabrics for the Avio Collection, successfully marrying the appeal and elegance of contemporary design with a vivid identity.
80th Anniversary Reintroductions
In 1947 Hans Knoll purchased the rights to their design, and it was produced with great success for four years, as the Model no. 198. The Butterfly invented a new way of sitting, freeing people from formal situations and encouraging a new convivial spirit that laid the groundwork for contemporary furniture design.
Today, history once again looks to design in pursuit of immortal beauty: the Butterfly chair proposed by Knoll in 2018. The project, developed 80 years after the original, introduces new materials to improve the sensory experience of users. Today’s Butterfly has sinuous, dynamic lines, made possible by the quality of materials involved: thermoformed felt supported on a steel frame. The thermoformed felt seat represents the true innovation of the project, because it becomes a self-supporting structure with the dual role of seat and covering. Furthermore, the laser shaping of the fabric, without added stitching, permits the direct interlock of the seat and the steel framework, ensuring comfort and elegance. Innovation, refinement and timeless style: three principles captured in a single chair by Knoll, creating a constant dimension in time and space.