01 Wilhelm Knoll
Wilhelm Knoll (1839 – 1907), the founder of the Knoll furniture dynasty.
02 Business foundation
Certified copy of the foundation of the business in Stuttgart on 6 June 1865.
03 Club fauteuil
First club fauteuil from around 1907 by Wilhelm Knoll. It was the forerunner of the club armchair.
04 Walter Knoll
Walter Knoll (1876 – 1971).
Advert for the “Antimott” range, result of the use of pioneering procedures, from around 1927.
The drilled mott became the trademark of the “Antimott” range.
The “Antimott” light-metal chair from Wilhelm Knoll.
The “Hindenburg-LZ 129” airship was furnished with the “Antimott” light-metal chair in 1936. A key contract, which reflected the great success of the company in the mid-1930s.
09 + 10 Zeppelin
Lounge in the Hindenburg airship.
Advert for the “Prodomo” range, result of the use of pioneering procedures, 1929.
12 + 13 Prodomo
The “Prodomo” models are seen as the first modern upholstered furniture in history. The patented elastic steel band suspension ensured greater seating comfort and provided scope for creative design.
14 + 15 DoX
The world’s first wide-bodied aircraft, made by Dornier, the DoX, was furnished entirely with “Prodomo” models in 1929.
The exhibition “Die Wohnung” (The Apartment) 1927 at the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart set standards in modern building and living all over the world.
Herrenberg - Walter Knoll HQ from 1937.
18 Hans and Florence Knoll
Walter Knoll’s son Hans, together with his wife Florence, founded the company “Knoll International” in 1939 in the United States.
The “Vostra” armchair made of beechwood and belted, designed by Jens Risom in 1941.
Advert for “Vostra”, one of the first major seating series of the post-war era by Walter Knoll.
In 1949, “Vostra” was presented at the “Neues Wohnen” (New Living) exhibition in Cologne and soon afterwards enjoyed great success.
Student hall of residence in Hamburg 1953 with “Vostra” armchairs and tables by Walter Knoll.
“Vostra” - its success is legendary both in the past and today.
Bucket seat “369”, developed by Walter Knoll in 1956. At the time, the Cologne Furniture Fair praised the armchair as an “ornament of the modern room with its own elegant form and tasteful touch”.
The bucket seat “369” – a genuine lifestyle classic.
26 Stuttgart TV Tower
Stuttgart TV Tower, 1956.
27 Stuttgart TV Tower
Stuttgart TV Tower with seats from the Walter Knoll “Forum” range, by Herta Maria Witzemann, 1955/56.
Growing export in the 1950s.
Once avant-garde, now a classic – the FK bucket seat by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm from 1967. In the 1960s the armchair was laying down markers for a new formal language. In 1969 it was awarded the first federal design prize for “Good Shape” (“Gute Form”) and has been accepted as an icon of design ever since.
FK – the unique form, the clear contours, the perfect lines. The bucket seat is an icon of minimalism in design.
31 + 32 Fabricius
As a genuine classic, Fabricius tells the story of furniture: the Conversation Chair, designed by Preben Fabricius in 1972.
33 Airport Berlin-Tegel
Furnishing Berlin’s Tegel Airport in 1974 is certainly one of the highlights of the company’s history.
34 Berlin Chair
The “Berlin Chair” – designed in 1975 by Meinhard von Gerkan for the VIP lounge of Berlin’s Tegel Airport.
35 Berlin Chair
The “Berlin Chair” – a genuine classic of design history. Walter Knoll has recently reissued the armchair.
36 Markus Benz
Markus Benz, CEO of Walter Knoll AG & Co. KG.
Walter Knoll HQ in Herrenberg. Architecture: Hansulrich Benz.
On the established site of the Walter Knoll brandland in Herrenberg, the modern multi-functional building from 2006 corresponds to traditional industrial architecture.