For the 55th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, in 2016 Knoll presented 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 presented 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 2016 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.”