Welcome to "Knoll Celebrates Bauhaus," a curated exhibition, designed for Salone del Mobile 2019, that pays homage to the ever-present Modern ideals put forth by the Bauhaus.
From Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Marcel Breuer to Florence Knoll, experience the designers and their work whose aesthetics laid the groundwork for Knoll.
Concurrent with the 58th Salone del Mobile in Milan, "Knoll Celebrates Bauhaus" is an exhibition curated by OMA in collaboration with Domitilla Dardi, design curator and historian. OMA, a Netherlands-based architecture firm co-founded by Rem Koolhaas, and Dardi sought to surface the design ideologies that make up the Modern style and illustrate how they are highly intertwined with Knoll through company co-founder Florence Knoll.
Located in the Knoll Milan Showroom at Piazza Bertarelli, the exhibition is on display from April 9th – 14th. Demetrio Apolloni, President of Knoll Europe, commented, "We felt strongly about making this project become a concrete reality precisely during a week of such great importance for international design. It is an exhibition that underscores the strong bond between our company and the Modern Movement."
The exhibition explores the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll and Marcel Breuer. Divided into a series of “clusters,” each area thematically frames the work of the respective designer; there are also two spaces, titled "Complexity and Contradiction," that combine Knoll designs from across the decades. Together, the various vignettes paint an homage to the ever-present Modern ideology put forth by the Bauhaus.
The "clusters" in "Knoll Celebrates Bauhaus" follow: Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll and Complexity and Contradiction.
The final clusters takes on a more theatrical approach, escalating the tension across designs through a dialogue between opposites. The juxtaposition sparks a critical debate on the multiplicity of solutions in our in our increasingly complex contemporary world.
One hundred years later, the ideals formed at the Bauhaus are still felt throughout society. "Knoll Celebrates Bauhaus," will be on display through April 14 at the Knoll Milan Showroom in Piazza Bertarelli. To learn more about the Bauhaus and its deeply rooted ties to Knoll click here: Bauhaus, Knoll & American Modernism.