Florence Knoll Bassett

General Information

Occupation: Interior Designer

Date of Birth: January 01, 1917

Birth Country: United States

Resident City: Coconut Grove

Resident State/Province: Florida

Resident Country: United States

Archive/Repository: Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Florence Knoll Bassett

Sources: Doering, Erika, Rachel Sivitzky, and Rebecca Welz. Goddess in the Details: Product Design by Women: an Exhibition Organized by the Association of Women Industrial Designers and the Department of Exhibitions At Pratt Institute. New York City: Association of Women Industrial Designers, 1994. ; http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/findingaids/knolflor.htm


Subject: Interior and Furniture Design


Employer: Knoll Associations, Inc

Title: Director of Planning Unit

Start Date: January 01, 1946

End Date: January 01, 1965

Notes: co-founded with husband, Hans Knoll ; it later became Knoll International ; Florence Knoll sold the company in 1959 after Hans Knoll's death in 1955.


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Name: National Medal of the Arts

Description: Lifetime Honors awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts

Date Received: January 01, 2002


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Institution: Cranbrook Academy of Art

Notes: in Bloomfield Hills; studied under Eliel Saarinen

Institution: Architectural Association in London

Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Notes: studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


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Publications About

Title: The History of Women Architects

Author: Sonja Gunther, Christine Jachmann, Helga Schmidt-Thomsen, Michelle Stanley (translator)

Publication: Exhibit Catalog

Publisher: ABC Satz and Druck GmbH

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Notes: This is a catalog published for the exhibit of the UIFA (Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes). An exhibition of the German Federal Republik Section of the UIFA Within the framework of the IBA (International Building Exhibition) in Berlin.

Title: 'I Am Not a Decorator': Florence Knoll, the Knoll Planning Unit and the Making of the Modern Office

Author: Bobbye Tigerman

Publication: Journal of Design History

Volume: 20

Issue: 1

Page: 61-74

Date Published: January 01, 2007

Title: Shu U, part II: on the occasion of an exhibition on her work, Florence Knoll Bassett reflects on a long-time friend and favorite client [exhibition review]

Author: Paul Makovsky

Publication: Metropolis

Volume: 24

Issue: 9

Page: 128-131

Date Published: January 01, 2005

Notes: May 2005. The "friend and favorite client" was the former president of CBS, Frank Stanton, whose New York office she designed in 1965. "Shu" was Bassett's nickname. An exhibition of her work was on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 17 Nov. 2004 to 10 Apr. 2005.

Title: First lady of design: visiting the White House with National Medal of the Arts winner Florence Knoll Bassett

Author: Paul Makovsky

Publication: Metropolis

Volume: 22

Issue: 11

Page: 56

Date Published: January 01, 2003

Notes: July 2003.