Florence Knoll and Eero Saarinen, long time colleagues at Cranbrook
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Florence Knoll Bassett is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan as "Florence Schust" and is known in familiar circles simply as "Shu". She graduated from Kingswood School at Cranbrook Academy in 1934. In 1943 she joined with her husband Hans Knoll in redirecting Hans's furniture company more toward a modernist, Scandinavian style. After Hans's death, Florence took over as head of Knoll. In 1958 she married Harry Hood Bassett. Her American interpretation of minimalist, rationalist design theories is clearly evident in Knoll's storage pieces. She mixed woods and metals to great effect and added laminates as they became popular. Dressers and desks are all square in design but never lack for quality. Hanging cabinets have glass shelves, sliding doors and drop down fronts that can be used as bars. As an architect, Knoll's most famous creations are the Connecticut General Life Insurance building in Bloomfield, Connecticut and the interior of the CBS Building in New York City. In the 1950's Florence Knoll's work was often displayed at the Museum of Modern Art's "Good Design" exhibits.
Knoll retired as Knoll president in 1960, but remained with the company as the director of design until 1965 when she retired completely.
synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia
There is a long winded story in the Research & Resources section here about mostly "trusting only primary resources" when researching historical items. The biographical information presented here is all accurate. But we were presented with a very gentle email by a true Florence Knoll biographer that there are "no signature signs" on this headboard of Mrs. Knoll's ever having come within 100 miles of it. Certainly "Of the Period," and perhaps even "inspired by;" but clearly not Florence Knoll for Knoll International.