«A classic design is something that, every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and see no way to improve it«.
Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner collection It is an icon of modern furniture. He captured the "decorative, soft, elegant" forms that were beginning to infiltrate modern vocabulary. Warren Platner transformed the steel wire into a collection of sculptural furniture. The pieces are created by welding hundreds of curved steel rods to circular frames, simultaneously serving as structure and ornament.
Warren Platner was one of the closest collaborators of Eero Saarinen and protagonist of the production of Knoll beginning in the 1960s. Its famous furniture series, which includes seats and tables of various sizes, is an inimitable sculptural presence thanks to the base made up of a dense series of thin metal wires, a notable manufacturing challenge. It shows that high technology and the best crafts are fundamental allies in an industrial context where quality is the central focus. Platner personally formulated production techniques for complicated designs with each chair requiring more than a thousand welds and more than a hundred cylindrical steel bars. With her expertise in signing Eero Saarinen and Associates, it is not surprising that the ledge of the second generation wire and pedestal furniture fell on Warren Platner's creative shoulders. Reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values, modernism became more expressive in the 1960s. Platner felt there was an opportunity to merge the competitive aesthetic of the time.
In accordance with the philosophy of «Modern Always«, Knoll has created a collection of products capable of perfectly interpreting the values of the brand: timeless image and the consistent design with which the company has always been identified, skillfully combining uniqueness and comfort. Knoll's revolutionary idea was, from the beginning, not to think about the individual decoration element, but about the space. This approach led to products where functionality and aesthetic value are on the same level. Pieces designed in different periods of time, but that belong to the same design philosophy, the one started by Florence Knoll, which adapted modernist principles to create a new approach to "total design."