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Knoll tables

Knoll tables, sinuous shapes and refinement of materials


Soft shapes and precious materials combined in an unprecedented way. The design tables give refinement to the rooms while remaining a symbol of conviviality. Those on the market today represent the evolutions in the field of design and changes in the approach to living, and respond to the need for multifunctionality without sacrificing a refined and customizable aesthetic. Light and sculptural the structures, precious and material the tops, the new tables give identity, shape and volume to the space in which they occupy. Some of the most iconic models, which have made the history of international design, the signature of the American company Knoll, famous for its clean, essential, comfortable, elegant lines, and for having many pieces of its catalog displayed inside. of the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Over the years, Knoll has created models that respond to the changing needs of space and living, adapting from collection to collection. The peculiarity of its tables is to combine experimentation in materials and sinuous, innovative shapes, conceived by some of the most representative designers of the twentieth century, such as Frank Gehry, Cini Boeri, Warren Platner, and Eero Saarinen.


Face Off, sculptural table in interlaced glass and wood 

Inspired by the surprising strength of the apple crates he played on as a child, Frank Gehry created these tables, accompanied by bentwood chairs. Gehry's architecture comes from the sculptural approach with which he expanded the vocabulary of buildings. Bringing this same concept to the furniture, he built the entire collection with intertwined maple strips. Ribbon designs transcend style conventions and focus, like the great modernists, on the essential challenge of deriving form from function. If the maple wood interlaced and assembled with an extra-strong gluing system constitutes the solid base, the top is instead available in tempered glass or in white laminate with solid edge. A mix of materials that makes this table perfect for embellishing rooms as if it were a contemporary sculpture.


Platner Coffee Table, harmonious lines inspired by bundles of wheat 

The Platner table, designed in 1966 by the American architect Warren Platner, has an elegant and harmonious design, authentic and with a strong character. It combines the typical metal structure of the series, inspired by bundles of wheat, with a surface with a fine finish. With its delicate and soft shapes it has captured the curved features that were beginning to infiltrate the vocabulary of the modern, marking an epochal change of style.

Iconic and decorative, the pieces of the series are created through the welding of hundreds of rods in bent steel rod for circular frames, which simultaneously become structure and ornament.

In the living room at home as in a contract environment, it stands out for the ease with which it integrates with the rest of the furniture it is combined with, without ever losing sophistication and contemporaneity.


Tulip, modern and futuristic table: a timeless icon

"I wanted to clean the houses of the mess of all those legs." It was 1955 and from this intuition of the Finnish architect and designer Eero Saarinen, a piece of furniture was born that became an icon of modern design: the Tulip table, from Knoll's Pedestal collection. A shape reminiscent of the stem of a tulip, which opens in the terminal part to support the corolla, or the top. To be innovative are not only the clean, essential and pure lines, but also the materials. The circular base was made of cast aluminum because, with the technologies of the time, the plastic was not strong enough to bear the weight. The shell is in shaped and reinforced fiberglass and the coating, in Rilsan, can be black, white or platinum which goes with the top - round or oval - in laminate, marble or veneer. His modern and futuristic charm also captivated the press, so much so that in 1956 Time dedicated his cover to Saarinen, elevating him to the greatest architect of his time.

Balances and geometries in glass and steel for the Lunario table 

A play of weights and volumes that fit together in a perfectly balanced geometry. Lunario, the table created for Knoll in 1973, by designer Cini Boeri is characterized by an elegant and unusual shape. It is a table top that brings with all the characteristics of the Seventies: the oval shape and the meticulous processing of the glass, which enhances one of the concepts of those times: transparency. The shelf, in transparent tempered glass, does not even hide the steel sheet base, which gets rid of the centrality to almost make sense of the imbalance thanks to the invisible fixing.


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