2015 special exhibit:

the genius of knoll –
75 years of good design

Modernists worldwide celebrated the 75th anniversary of Knoll in 2014.  The Knoll label is synonymous with superior quality that embraces the architectural and minimalistic style elements that are indicative of modern design. 

From the beginning, founders Hans and Florence Knoll embraced the creative genius at the Bauhaus School and the Cranbrook Academy of Art to create new types of furniture and environments for the home and workplace. Combining craftsmanship with technology, and forming alliances with the top artists of the day, the Knolls always insisted on remaining true to the design philosophy that modern furnishings should compliment architectural space and not compete with it.  Even after her husband's tragic death in 1955, Florence Knoll continued to guide the company along this same path. Under her direction, Knoll set the standard for functional and artistic furnishings in the modern mode.

Over 40 of Knoll's designs are held in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt,  National Design Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in other important museums throughout the world.  20th Century Cincinnati's 2015 Special Exhibit: The Genius of Knoll – 75 Years of Good Design will examine the firms past landmark collaborations with pioneering modernists and its ongoing partnerships with today's bold contemporary designers. 

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