Florence Knoll Bassett (b. 1917) is one of the most iconic designers, and certainly one of the most iconic female designers and American designers, of the mid-century modern period. Her minimal, geometric designs expressed in her furniture, interior design style and architecture are still acclaimed today.
Knoll studied under and worked with powerful designers of her time, including Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Her product designs were based on the idea that furniture should be interpreted as architecture by transforming the principles of modern buildings into human-sized items. She also gained acclaim as an interior designer, helping define contemporary corporate style in post-war America.
Despite denying that she was a furniture designer, likely due to her holistic approach to design, Knoll’s creations and their inspirations may be some of the most mid-century pieces popularized today.