Knoll has pioneered the evolution of open office systems for more than five decades, which included the first of panel systems that have been made to combine technical performance with the luxury of fine furniture, spines with mobile features that allow for quick reconfiguration, and element-based collection that have encouraged more collaborative efforts into further developing the modern workplace.
A chair from Knoll is more than just the sum of its components. Through shape, coatings, and material, an office chair from Knoll represents a whole other point of view. Their chairs have considered as an adaptive tool that can anticipate the problems of any workplace and perceived as an interactive object that can respond to any person’s motions throughout a typical workday.
As Knoll was recently bought by fellow furniture company Herman Miller, they have presented the latest addition to its MR Collection, which featured early Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designs. The collection showcases a variety of iconic designs, including the cascading Chaise Lounge and Lounge chair, as well as the newest design for the MR Stool.
Mies van der Rohe’s colleague and Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer has also been credited with inventing the usage of steel in furniture, he is said to have been influenced by the designs of rocking chairs dating back to the 19th century. All of the designs date from the mid-twentieth century, when Mart Stam and Mies van der Rohe were both working on a “chair with no back legs.” Mies van der Roge then went on to create the MR10 and 20 chair series shortly afterwards before moving on to construct a full tubular steel collection.
Knoll’s MR Collection includes a range of chaise loungers, chairs, and side tables, each with the characteristic tubular steel look. Each item also comes in a variety of different colors and leathers, from traditional back and white to elegant shades of “Nutmeg,” “Toast,” and “Pumpkin.”