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Knoll and Bauhaus

Mies van der Rohes MR Chair & MR Chaise Longue in the exclusive Bauhaus Edition

The history of the American manufacturer Knoll International is inextricably linked to that of the Bauhaus, and in the context of the 100th anniversary of the institution of particular relevance. Company founder Hans Knoll's father, Walter Knoll, was one of the first German furniture manufacturers to cooperate with the new generation of architects and designers, including furnishing apartments for Mies van er Rohe in the Weissenhofsiedlung Stuttgart. Hans Knoll consequently grew up along the Bauhaus movement - and with it many of its most important pioneers, such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Hans Knoll's vision was to produce furniture in that spirit in America, and in the designer and interior designer Florence Schust, who had worked with Walter Gropius and studied at the legendary Cranbrook College, he found the perfect partner. Business and personal - the two married in 1946. Florence Knoll was initially responsible for the Knoll Planning Unit, and following Hans death in 1955 led Knoll International. Designs from the Bauhaus era, such as Marcel Breuer's Wassily Lounge Chair or Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair, form the design-theoretical foundation of Knoll International and one of the most important sections in the company's history. Based on the Bauhaus ideals, Knoll International developed and expanded its program to become one of the leading designer furniture manufacturers, and to write its own chapter in design history.

Original Barcelona Chair from Knoll

The Bauhaus classic: Marcel Breuer's Wassily Chair

Knoll celebrates the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus

As part of the anniversary program "100 Years Bauhaus", numerous exhibitions, events and celebrations will take place in 2019 under the motto "Rediscovering the world". In cooperation with regional and international partners, the Bauhaus Association invites you to explore the history and influence of the Bauhaus and to understand its impact on our society today. Among the many events Knoll International celebrated Bauhaus on its exhibition stand at IMM Cologne, a stand designed by Rem Koolhas as a tribute to the Bauhaus. In addition Knoll have released a limited edition of the legendary Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in a stylish Bauhaus leather edition as well as exclusive Bauhaus editions of Mies van der Rohe's MR Chaise Longue and MR Armchair, both of which are guaranteed to make the hearts of Bauhaus fans skip a beat!

Ludwig Mies van der Rohes MR Chaise Longue will be available in 2019 in a Knoll Bauhaus Edition

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