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Knoll presents new collections and iconic designs
For the 56th edition of the SaloneInternazionale del Mobile in Milan, Knoll presented new collections and iconic designs that reaffirm the creative vision that has made the companya world-famous brand.
The collaboration between Knoll and PieroLissoni continues with his design of Grasshopper, a collection of tables that expresses a perfect balance between modernity and tradition. In addition to the tables, Knoll presents enhancements to the AvioSofa System, an innovativesystemof upholstered furniture with a relaxed and informal style, incorporating a metal structure and soft cushions, with clean lines that conceal the complex workings and aesthetic details. The range of new products is completed with Matrioska, a system of open and closed containers of varying geometries, where light and shadow confer lightness and simplicity to the volumes.
In keeping with the company’s “Modern Always” perspective, the Knoll Salone display features these new products alongside modern classics designed by Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, in an exhibition space curated with great style and attention to detail. Entitled“This is Knoll”, the installation wasdesigned by OMA, the acclaimed designed firm co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, as an ultra-modern version of the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe. Focusing on plays of colors, styles and timeless furnishing, the installationbrings new connotations to designclassics as they are mixed together with contemporary pieces.
Andrew Cogan, CEO of Knoll, Inc. comments: “Hans and Florence Knoll created a business founded on an unwavering commitment to good design. The goal of our innovation is always timelessness and adaptability - rejecting short-term trends and anticipating the inevitability of change. Our task is to ensure that Knoll remains vital and synonymous with good design for generations to come.”
Avio Sofa System Collection, designed by PieroLissoni
The technological soul of the Avio Sofa System by PieroLissoni, the new, contemporary and versatile system of modular sofas from Knoll, is today broadened thanks to an innovative patented mechanism and original asymmetric elements. Aesthetics and technology are increasingly its distinctive features: ideal for those who enjoy a solid and elegant design, an expression of a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle.
As with all souls, it lives within the system, hidden from view: a mechanism activated with a simple gesture that rotates the end seating element to make resting, reading and conversation even more comfortable. This year, Avio also evolves by incorporating asymmetry: the corner version goes beyond the idea of the right angle, and offers a scalene triangle of innovative and generous proportions that serves as an end element to form compositions of irregular beauty.
Describing the sofa, PieroLissoni says: "I imagined that Avio could move, responding to the user's wish for convenience and socialibity. For this I designed a mechanism that is hidden but at the same time appealing, like the detailing of certain motorbikes, and most importantly very easy to use.” Linked to this idea of movement, a large, irregular end or corner element has been introduced that slightly alters the pure and precise line of Avio, suggesting a more informal and relaxed atmosphere, a conception of elegance with a touch of idiosyncrasy.
The renewed Avio is now also presented in a more compact version, without sacrificing any of the aesthetic appeal of the original. This version features a seat that is slightly less deep, enabling it to fit into smaller spaces while always offering unparalleled moments of relaxation.
Modular or linear, with a light, load-bearing structure - a steel beam from which support points branch out for seats, backrests, tables - Avio combines balance, functionality and aesthetics, devoting careful attention to detail and playing on the contrast between the lightness of the thin frame and generous volumes of the seats. This contrast leads to a harmonious sofa that is ideal for both home and contract, marrying perfectly with the stylistic creativity of Florence Knoll.
With the Avio Sofa System, Knoll expands its collections of upholstered furniture, rendering them more complete and measured in terms of functional harmony, styles and requirements.
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