In 1925 Breuer created the prototype of the Wassily, a true deconstruction of a club chair in a linear structure, probably derived from that of bicycles, where the soft part for the seat is entrusted to taut straps of fabric or leather. Even today, the production of the Breuer collection is a skilful combination of advanced technology (working of the metal parts) and the hand of the craftsman (making the fabric and leather upholstery).
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, Eero Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip Chairs and Pedestal Tables, the Womb Chair, and the 70 Series Seating Collection. His designs used modern materials in graceful ways, helping establish the identity of Knoll during our formative years.
Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner Collection is an icon of modern furniture. It captured the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary.