Knoll Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016

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Knoll Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016


Knoll presents new collections and iconic products at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016

Milan, April 2016 – For the 55th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, in 2016 Knoll presents new developments that confirm the creative vision and corporate philosophy that have made it a world-famous brand with an illustrious heritage. In keeping with the motto “Modern Always,” Knoll presents new designs alongside its modern classics designed by architects like Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, reflecting the determination to always offer innovative ideas, regardless of passing fashions – ideas that last in time. The latest research has generated products by contemporary designers like Piero Lissoni and Marc Krusin, where comfort, balance, elegance and functional quality are the guidelines. The collaboration with Piero Lissoni – who has previously worked with Knoll – has led to a system of upholstered furnishings with an innovative technological concept. With its nonchalant sense of style, the Avio sofa by Piero Lissoni plays with contrasts, from the metal structure to the soft cushions, the essential lines that conceal complex workmanship to aesthetic detailing based on painstaking research, including the use of different materials on different surfaces. Alongside the sofa, Knoll presents the Krusin Collection 016 designed by Marc Krusin, a family of chairs in a range of variations for outstanding functional versatility. Once again this year Knoll has called on OMA, the studio co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, to design the “This is Knoll” stand - a hypermodern version of the pavilion of Mies van der Rohe - focusing on chromatic effects, stylistic twists and timeless furnishings. In an even bigger display space, refined down to the smallest details, also thanks to the collaborations with SolidNature – famous all over the world for its natural stones used in prestigious projects – and Sabine Marcelis – who experiments with different materials to achieve new, surprising visual effects – the key word is atmosphere. The itinerary inside the booth reveals fresh nuances of signature classics and design icons mixed with the new products. Andrew Cogan, CEO of Knoll, Inc. comments: “Hans and Florence Knoll created a business founded on an unwavering commitment to good design. The goal of our innovation is always timelessness and adaptability — rejecting short-term trends and anticipating the inevitability of change. Our task is to ensure that Knoll remains vital and synonymous with good design for generations to come. Knoll is Modern Always® because modern always works.” 

Avio Sofa System Collection Designed by Piero Lissoni, 2016


Avio, designed by Piero Lissoni, is the new, contemporary and versatile sofa component system, to reinterpret and make better use of any type of space. It is ideal for those who appreciate solid, elegant design that epitomizes a comfortable, relaxed lifestyle. Modular and linear, with a light structure that blends perfectly into different settings, Avio is driven by aesthetic design research, skillfully balancing spatial relationships and proportions. The new sofa combines functional and aesthetic poise, playing with the contrast between the lightness of the slim structural framework and the substantial volume of the seats. A contrast resolved in the harmony of an ideal sofa for home and for contract applications, perfectly inserted in the stylistic direction set by Florence Knoll. “This is a true industrial project, of great complexity,” says the designer, “based on the idea of a structural steel beam that through a series of brackets supports different parts for diversified use: the seats are conceived as platforms, but also as support surfaces made of different materials. In practice, it is a product that changes the traditional idea of upholstered furniture, taking the form of a technological and aesthetic alphabet to assemble in different compositions, for different needs.” Avio is made with a load-bearing structure, a steel beam from which supports branch out for seats, backs and tables. This framework translates into a versatile system that can generate benches, sofas for two or three people, a chaise longue, tabletops, in a practically infinite sequence, including corner compositions of impressive size. The padding provides maximum comfort, and the sofa can be covered in leather or fabric, completed with decorative throw cushions. An object of clear, precise beauty, ideal for everything a sofa is supposed to offer: for resting, conversing, reading, listening to music, sleeping, watching a film, enjoying an aperitif... “My points of reference,” Lissoni continues, “are Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll. Names that have awesome importance for anyone who works on design. Nevertheless, I don’t think we should hide in the shadow of the great masters: you always have to come to terms with the contemporary world, without making heritage into the sole value with which to approach the future.” The sofa system premiered at the Salone del Mobile is joined by cabinets, and in the near future it will be enhanced by new elements to gradually expand its functional range and versatility. 

Krusin Collection 016 Designed by Marc Krusin, 2016



Quality craftsmanship, simple, precise lines and refined details are the key terms of the new seating system designed by Marc Krusin.
This collection embodies the perfect blend of clean lines and remarkable padded softness. It juxtaposes compact forms with ample, comfortable seats. The result is a harmonious object, available in three versions: a seat with or without armrests, and an armchair with an enveloping back. Not just good looks, but also functional quality: the detail of the meeting between the seat and back makes it possible to easily move the armchair, in a practical, immediate way. The collection includes three different seating types sharing the same bases, available in die-cast aluminium or solid ash, in a range of finishes. The cover can be selected from the Knoll range of leathers and velvet, wool or cotton fabrics. “It's much less about me (and my design), and much more about excellence in a product. Less ego, better results.” This is how Marc Krusin explains the dedication that goes into his work, in a single phrase that sums up the character of a designer whose ongoing alliance with Knoll began in 2011 with a collection of tables and seating that won the Good Design Award that same year. Based on these excellent results, in 2016 the collaboration continues between Knoll and the designer, who after years of work in Italy has opened his own studio in London. “The objective is to introduce a discreet product that is silently attuned to the surrounding space. This is the thinking behind the conception and design of the new products, which will then work perfectly with the company’s classic icons,” says Benjamin Pardo, Executive Vice President for Design of Knoll. The study of space and objects, with extreme attention to detail, has enabled Krusin to propose a series of items that are precisely aligned with the philosophy that has always inspired Knoll’s work: discretion and timeless quality. “I often think about the objects I design as classics: presences that stand out for their discretion and balance. And my job is to perfect them, honing the proportions, the details, to improve their image and their functional quality. I have imagined this seating family as noble objects, that you learn to appreciate more with the passage of time. Something like a bespoke suit, that gets more elegant with wear. For this collection I wanted to create bespoke beauty, perceptible in the fine workmanship and the details.” 

 The Bertoia Collection Chair in Cowhide and with a new bronze finish Designed by Harry Bertoia


The Bertoia family now includes an elegant new bronze finish and a refined cowhide cover in natural, black and dark brown. The modern structure reinforces its character, juxtaposed with a material of timeless style and an increasingly contemporary finish.

The Bertoia Collection Chair & Stool – Outdoor Designed by Harry Bertoia The classic Side Chair presented at the conclusion of the tribute year, 2015, for the centennial of the birth of the designer, is now also available as an outdoor version in 3 different shell colors – white, black and gray – with the metal structure painted in white or black. A modern and colorful interpretation of an inimitable chair, faithfully conserving its unique linear design, the new piece stands out for the comfort of the seat, adapting to the widest range of contexts, from residential to contract. The stool is also available in this new version. A cushion in six different colors, breathable but waterproof, ideal for prolonged outdoor use, adds another touch of innovation. 

 Womb Settee Designed by Eero Saarinen



Knoll presents the Womb Settee, a two-seat sofa designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948, prior to his major architectural work for the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, a complex for over 5000 employees. The settee has never gone out of style, and is still perfect for all settings, from the living room to the bedroom, as well as the office. Today Knoll has decided to reissue the piece, and like many of the items designed by Saarinen the Womb Settee has called for particular production techniques and exceptionally high-performance materials. With this sturdy oversized form, once again Saarinen emphasized the concept of necessary, timeless function. “The need for such seats has never gone away. Now, more than ever, we have the need to relax,” Eero Saarinen said. The Womb Chair doubles its comfort and joins the Relax collection, with a foam-coated chassis in soft polyurethane and down-filled cushions, for a chair that is sturdy, comfortable and welcoming at the same time. 

Platner Gold Collection by Warren Platner