Knoll A Wilhelm; A Walter; A Willy; A Hans; A Florence; A Lineage Although research into its ancestry is still very much ongoing, the wild Knoll, Knoll furniturus, is popularly believed to have originated in the region of the contemporary Stuttgart; what is...
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The Walter Knoll brand has stood for innovative, modern furniture design made in Germany for almost 100 years. Based in Herrenberg with a production site in Mötzingen, both in Baden-Württemberg, Walter Knoll has established itself internationally as a manufacturer in the high-end segment. Innovative technologies as well as traditional craftsmanship are used in production and every Walter Knoll piece of furniture is individually manufactured and checked by numerous specialists; this also applies to the selection and processing of the respective materials as well as the production of upholstery and seams. Peruse Walter Knoll's collection of furniture tailored to an international lifestyle in the smow online shop, and find your new favourite.
Experience the high quality of Walter Knoll furniture in all its facets in your local smow store. Lounge and sit on selected Walter Knoll furniture objects and discover the numerous options over a coffee with our team. And if require visits to the transparent Walter Knoll Manufactory in Herrenberg near Stuttgart can be arranged.
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Whether living, working or public space - Walter Knoll's portfolio includes designer furniture for all areas by designers such as Claudio Bellini, EOOS, Daï Sugasawa and Norman Foster.
A particular focus of Walter Knoll is upholstered furniture for not just the home, but which can also be employed in civic, commercial and hospitality areas. As a representative of the Walter Knoll Classic Edition, the armchair 369 Armchair by the Walter Knoll Team, for example, enriches any living room or entrance area with a simple elegance and helps underscore how timeless and high-quality Walter Knoll furniture is. With excellent workmanship, high-quality materials, balanced proportions and functional details, the Muud sofa by EOOS also embodies the artistry and excellence of furniture production at Walter Knoll.
Walter Knoll also produces chairs, office furniture, side tables, sofas and a wide variety of accessories. Chairs by Walter Knoll can be used in particular as dining room chairs, but are also designed for work contexts, as ably demonstrated by, for example, the FK Chair from 1969.
Home accessories from Walter Knoll, such as the Isanka storage basket, set particularly elegant accents in the interior. As do the Walter Knoll carpets and cushions by artist and designer Helmut Scheufele, is an expert in textiles, colours and design.
The biography of the Walter Knoll furniture company
Beginnings in his father's business
Walter Knoll was born in Stuttgart in 1878 as the son of the upholstered furniture manufacturer Wilhelm Knoll. After a few years in the military and as an employee in his father's business, he established his own business, unsuccessfully so, and subsequently fled to the USA to escape creditors. In 1907 he returned to his homeland where he took over his father's leather business together with his brother Willy.
What is the difference between Walter Knoll and Knoll International?
Walter Knoll's first-born son Robert would later take over his father's business, while his second son, Hans Knoll, emigrated to the USA in 1938 where together with his wife Florence Knoll he established Knoll Associates, from which the company Knoll International arose after the War as the European arm of Knoll Associates. Thus Walter Knoll and Knoll International are two independent furniture brands with a common heritage.
Walter Knoll - contemporary furniture brand
After years in Vienna and New York, Walter Knoll returned to Stuttgart and founded the company Walter Knoll & Co. GmbH in 1925, a company that was to develop into one of the most successful and trend-setting furniture manufacturers in the following decades.
Through his contact with Bauhaus founders such as Walter Gropius, Walter Knoll was the first manufacturer to specialize in the series production of Bauhaus furniture. In addition, the Walter Knoll furnished some Mies van der Rohe's apartments at the 1927 Weißenhofsiedlung building exhibition.
In 1964, Walter Knoll left the company and handed management over to his son Robert Knoll and Dr. Walter Combe. From 1982 Michael Knoll and Stephan Combe managed the company and finally merged it with Wilhelm Knoll. Finally, in 1993, the family business passed to the Benz furniture family and has been managed by Markus Benz ever since.
Walter Knoll remained the managing director of his company until 1964 and died in 1971 – he was not to live to see Tegel Airport equipped by the company he founded in 1975. In 1993, Rolf Benz took over the now internationally renowned design company, which continues to grow steadily.
Wilhelm Knoll's leather shop in Stuttgart
The history of the furniture company Knoll dates back to 1865, when Wilhelm Knoll (1839-1907) founded his leather business in Stuttgart. In the years that followed, “Knoll leather” developed into a trademark of the Württemberg dynasty.
Walter and Willy take over their father's company
In 1906, the leather shop finally became the leather seating furniture factory Wilhelm Knoll, managed by the two sons Willy and Walter Knoll.
Walter's son Hans founds Knoll International in the USA
At the end of the 1930s, Hans Knoll, Walter Knoll's eldest son, went to the USA where he set up his own business together with his wife Florence Knoll. Today's American furniture manufacturer Knoll International emerged from this company foundation.
Walter Knoll founds his own company, Wilhelm Knoll remains in existence
At the age of 50, Walter Knoll founded his own company, Walter Knoll & Co GmbH. After the death of his father, Wilhelm Knoll's business was taken over by his son Dieter Knoll, who then founded the company called Dieter Knoll in Austria.
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