In the world of mid-century modern furniture, there are many distinct and unique pieces. The Eames Lounge Chair, the tulip table, the gondola sofa, just to name a few. But there's also a lot to be said about the simpler elements of MCM design.
Mid-century designer Florence Knoll was (and still is!) a ground breaking force in furniture and interior design. She pioneered the Planning Unit which was a design consultant service made up of a team of designers who would look at a project from all angles and put spaces together as a collaborative effort. She even invented the textile sample system that's still used in modern day interior design.
But Knoll also designed her fair share of furniture. Her pieces are basic, sleek, and often overlooked because of their simplicity. At the same time, her furniture can be used as the "meat and potatoes" of a room- a term she humbly coined herself. Tables that are functional and discreet. Sofas that are perfect as a place to sit, but aren't the focus of a room. The background architecture that spaces need as much as they need bright showpieces.
And perhaps that's why, after nearly 70 years, Knoll's pieces are as popular as ever and even still being manufactured. She achieved the perfect balance of function and beauty- the backbone of modern design.
Mid Mod Collective offers Knoxville a premier mid-century modern shopping experience. We are a collective of dealers who share a passion for the amazing designs of the era.