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March 04, 2012

Cartree: the Knoll Mascot.

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In honor of the Knoll Classics Sale at DWR, we're sharing some of our favorite Knoll Blog posts from the archives.

Originally posted March 2, 2012: Some of our favorite discoveries in Florence Knoll Bassett's papers were photos and drawings of an Old English Sheepdog. Cartree, as he was called, was the family dog and the Knoll mascot. According to Knoll Bassett he "enchanted everyone, especially Herbert Matter, who used him in our catalogues, brochures and advertisements. He also appeared in Vogue and The New Yorker, as he happily obliged when photos were taken and he was the center of attention." We must say, he looks delightful alongside the Splay-Leg Coffee Table and Risom Lounge Chair (which is 15% off during The Knoll Classics Sale, going on through March 4 at DWR).

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Florence Knoll Bassett Project Sketches and Drawings.

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Florence Knoll sketch of dormitory room, Cranbrook (1934). Courtesy Florence Knoll Bassett Papers 1932-2000, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

In honor of the Knoll Classics Sale at DWR, we're sharing some of our favorite Knoll Blog posts from the archives.

Originally posted February 28, 2012: According to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, the Florence Knoll Bassett collection measures “approximately 2.5 linear feet dating from 1932 to 2000. The collection selectively documents Knoll Bassett's education and her career at Knoll Associates, Inc. from the 1940s until her resignation in 1965, in addition to personal design projects and other activities after leaving the company. It is an important source of information on the development of interior architecture and design from the 1940s to the 1970s, chronicling the Knoll mission to synthesize space, furniture, and design by creating interiors based on practical use, comfort, and aesthetics.”

Today we’re sharing a selection of Florence Knoll Bassett’s project sketches from the collection. As you can see in the illustrations, she often incorporated swatches of fabrics and finishes in her sketches as well as color schemes “as it was an effective way to visualize the results.” She pioneered this method of presentation, which would go on to become an industry standard for designers.

AAA_knolflor_576452Florence Knoll sketch of Hans Knoll Office, 575 Madison Avenue, New York (1950). Courtesy Florence Knoll Bassett Papers 1932-2000, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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March 01, 2012

In today's New York Times.

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Our Chimney Humidifier made its New York Times debut today in Play Misty for Me. In the article, industrial designer Leon Ransmeier seeks to remedy the chronically overheated New York apartment, and goes shopping for humidifiers.

Rima Suqi writes, "Mr Ransmeier's favorite humidifier - the one he owns - was the Chimney by Takeshi Ishiguro, at Design Within Reach. 'It looks like an industrial smokestack, and it works like one, too,' he said. 'The mist comes out so far away from the ground that you'll never get any condensation.' 'And while 'a pluming smokestack is a strange reference for something that is supposed to make your health better,' he acknowledged, 'I still think it's a beautiful object.'"

The Chimney Humidifier battles bone-dry apartments silently and stylishly. What do you think of humidifiers - do they make your winters more liveable?