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Walter Knoll, Classic Editon

The history of the Knoll family is inextricably linked to this time of awakening and the developments of the age. The company has repeatedly made its mark on furniture history, and created classic pieces and icons of the avant-garde. On the occasion of its 150-year anniversary, Walter Knoll presents the “Classic Edition”: classics that recount furnishing history. With reissued products and familiar favourites – to explore and rediscover. All with their very own story.

Votsra – 1949

Design: Walter Knoll Design Team

Vostra exudes the charm of memory. As far back as the fifties, the armchair was courageous enough to make a statement about casual seating. Today, it once again stands for lifestyle. Unconventional and easily remembered, it soon became a symbol of the time of awakening. Today, still an example of the timeless quality of good design.

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Votteler – 1956

Design: Arno Votteler

The rediscovery. A connoisseur sees its charm at a glance: the reading and relaxing armchair 368 is a quiet classic of mid-century modernity. Designed in 1956 by Arno Votteler for Walter Knoll, the armchair tells of the inspirations of the time: Scandinavian objectivity and austerity in the best possible sense. The deliberately angular volume of the upholstery rests on a delicate tubular steel framework.

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The armrests made of solid wood, elegantly shaped for comfort. With a high or a low backrest – the essence of lightness for a timeless appearance.

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369 – 1956

Design: Walter Knoll Design Team

In 1956, Germany was still being subjected to a classic style of furnishing. The whole of Germany? No, because a small bucket seat appeared on the scene that was to change the design of the age. Its allies came from Scandinavia, the Bauhaus and the avant-garde. The armchair set flowing forms and sweeping vital lines against the straightness prevalent at the time. Experiments with new materials and the invention of plastic made this possible. In the Classic Edition the 369 armchair reminds us of the fact that Walter Knoll was often an advocate of the avant-garde and that the company is still creating designs today which will enjoy lasting validity.

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At the time, the Cologne Furniture Fair praised the small armchair, developed by Walter Knoll back in the 1950s, as an »ornament of the modern room with its own elegant form and its tasteful touch«. Pleasing as well as timeless, the classic screams lifestyle.

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375 Range – 1957

Design: Walter Knoll Design Team

The new elegance. The designers had presumably imagined a shared aperitif or a conversation in the salon when they came up with this small armchair in 1957. The Lady’s Chair 375 has a light-footed and charming air. It’s not a chair for lolling around, but taking a seat. And the slightly larger easy chair 376 is also reminiscent of familiar social rituals. A genuine Gentleman’s Chair, particularly supple and comfortable.

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Haussmann 310 – 1962

Design: Trix & Robert Haussmann

The new Chesterfield. The special quality of craftsmanship, upholstery expertise and modernity – that is what Walter Knoll is all about – as is Haussmann 310. Designed in 1962 as part of the Swiss Design Collection, Walter Knoll is reissuing the legendary club armchair by Swiss architects and designers Trix and Robert Haussmann. The aim at the time: »To design a piece of furniture that offers the comfort of the classic Chesterfield but looks lighter,« says Robert Haussmann.

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FK – 1967

Design: Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius

FK – Scandinavian design by Fabricius and Kastholm – is classic design history. In the sixties the bucket seat was laying down markers for a new formal language: FK – the unique form, the clear contours, the perfect lines. Bucket and three-star base, volume and lightness – a graphic image of compelling conciseness.

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Fabricius -1972

Design: Preben Fabricius

As a genuine classic, Fabricius tells the story of furniture. The Conversation Chair from the seventies combines the tradition of Scandinavian design and functional aesthetics with the charm of casual seating comfort. Precise in the processing of metal, top quality in the surfaces: armrest and supporting structure frame the slide-in seat. The result is lightness and a slim-line shape. Whether as a soloist or an ensemble, it was made for lounges, lobbies and living rooms. And of course for design museums.

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Berlin Chair – 1975

Design: Meinhard von Gerkan

A genuine classic. The Berlin Chair is once again taking to the stage. Designed in 1975 by Meinhard von Gerkan for the VIP lounge of Berlin’s Tegel Airport, Walter Knoll has reissued this icon of design history. Clear, logical, authentic: the Berlin Chair – a masterpiece of modern design. Inspired by functionalism and the resoluteness of Scandinavian design, the armchair is still a prime example of timeless aesthetics today.

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Shiny steel carries supple leather. Elaborately finished, with pleasantly soft upholstering. It is the clean lines, the materials, their innate harmony and the special top-grade craftsmanship that characterise the value of this design. And not least the precision: the art of leaving nothing to chance. More gently, more quietly, with greater endurance. Timeless and familiar in the very best sense of the word. For sensitive connoisseurship and orientation in a world of objects.

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