13 FEB 2015

Introducing The Florence Knoll Credenza

The arrival of a gorgeous credenza by the renowned American designer Florence Knoll has us feeling inspired about what can be achieved in an office environment.

Florence and her husband Hans Knoll founded the Knoll furniture company in the 1940s. The couple were both dedicated followers of the Bauhaus design philosophy and its focus on form and function. They sought to introduce these ideas into American society, producing furniture by the leading modernist architects and designers of the day.

In her formative years, Florence attended the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and later went on to study architecture under some of the 20th century's most celebrated architects such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This impressive education sowed the seeds for Florence's design career, and allowed her to take on a fully comprehensive approach to interiors, especially office design and layout.

Florence designed numerous pieces of furniture, all of which are characterised by their stripped back modern aesthetic, functionality and attention to detail. She designed the low credenza (which we're so lucky to have an example of) in 1961. It came about as a result of her modern take on the office space. Florence did away with traditional, heavy executive desks and replaced them with lighter, more inviting tables. As traditional desks had built in storage, she then needed to create a separate storage area - and the low credenza was born.

Our example is finished in a gorgeous highly grained teak and is in fantastic original condition. With its smooth running, deep drawers it ticks all the boxes in terms of practicality, and its sleek lines mean it will complement any contemporary work space. Pop into our gallery to view this beauty for yourself or check out the listing on our website.

Take a look at the Florence Knoll Teak Credenza

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