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.
Florence 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.