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ID: 500108516
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500108516

 

Record Type: Person
Bassett, Florence Knoll (American furniture designer and entrepreneur, 1917-2019)

Note: American architect, designer, and furniture manufacturer. In the 1940s, she married and became a business partner of the German-born furniture maker Hans Knoll, and was co-founder of Knoll International in 1946. Hans Knoll died in 1955, and Florence succeeded him as president and held that post until 1960. She sold her interest in the company, but remained as design director until 1965, when she retired to a private practice in architecture and design in Florida. She is credited with creating the look and feel of America’s postwar corporate office environment, influenced by the Bauhaus.
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Names:
Bassett, Florence Knoll (preferred,V,index)
Florence Knoll Bassett (V,display)
Florence Schust Knoll (V)
Knoll, Florence Schust (V)
Schust, Florence Marguerite (VBN)
Knoll, Florence (U,LC)
Florence Knoll (U)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
architect
designer
furniture designer
businesswoman
administrator
entrepreneur

Gender: female

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Saginaw (Saginaw county, Michigan, United States) (inhabited place)
Died:  Coral Gables (Miami-Dade county, Florida, United States) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
colleague of ....  Rohe, Mies van der  
......................  (German architect, 1886-1969, active in the United States) [500006293]
colleague of ....  Saarinen, Eliel  
......................  (Finnish architect, 1873-1950, active in the United States) [500027014]
employee of ....  Harrison, Wallace Kirkman  
....................  (American architect, 1895-1981) [500026345]
principal in (person to firm) ....  Knoll  
..................................................  (American design firm and furniture manufactory, establsihed 1938) [500330427]
worked with ....  Bertoia, Harry  
....................  (American sculptor, printmaker, and designer, 1915-1978) [500032341]
worked with ....  Breuer, Marcel  
....................  (American and Hungarian architect and furniture designer, 1902-1981) [500118800]
worked with ....  Gropius, Walter  
....................  (German American architect, teacher, and industrial designer, 1883-1969) [500028112]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Bassett, Florence Knoll (I)

Biographies:
(American furniture designer and entrepreneur, 1917-2019) ..... [VP Preferred]
(American designer, born 1917) ..... [BHA]
(American architect, born 1917) ..... [AVERY]
(American architect) ..... [AVERY]
(American artist, born 1917) ..... [MoMA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Bassett, Florence Knoll ........ [AVERY, VP Preferred]
...............................................  Avery Authority files (1963-)
...............................................  New York Times [online] (2000-) obit.
Florence Knoll ........ [MoMA Preferred]
..............................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
Florence Knoll Bassett ........ [VP]
.............................................  New York Times [online] (2000-) obit.
Florence Schust Knoll ........ [AVERY, VP]
...........................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Knoll, Florence ........ [MoMA, VP]
................................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
................................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) n 92075642
Knoll, Florence Schust ........ [AVERY Preferred, BHA Preferred, VP]
.............................................  Avery Authority files (1963-)
.............................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
Schust, Florence Marguerite ........ [VP]
.......................................................  New York Times [online] (2000-) obit.

Subject: ........ [AVERY, BHA, Gallery Systems, MoMA, VP]
....................  Art Index (1929-) v.12
....................  Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1963-)
....................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: n92075642
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: n92075642
....................  Pile, Dictionary of 20th-Century Design (1990) 141
....................  Who Was Who in America (1899-1890-)
 
Note:
English .......... [AVERY, VP]
.......... New York Times [online] (2000-) obit.
.......... Pile, Dictionary of 20th-Century Design (1990) 141
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