Design & Remodeling

Three Must-Have Modern Designs

With Knoll furniture on sale now at Black Bamboo, we take a look at the manufacturer’s most iconic pieces. 

Home furnishings label Knoll has been producing ground-breaking and gorgeous pieces for more than 75 years by working with some of the industry’s most talented designers. When we heard that some of Knoll’s classics are 15 percent off at Black Bamboo through March 4, we decided to pick out some of our faves.

Warren Platner is a name well known to lovers of midcentury modern furniture, such as this dining table he designed in 1966. But even fans of his work may not know he was also an accomplished interior designer—in fact, he designed the look of one of KC’s landmark restaurants, The American. (Click here to take a peek at the interior.) If you think the design is too modern to work in your home, check out this stunning Country Club Plaza apartment for a lesson in blending traditional and modern styles.

Trained architect Florence Knoll helped her husband Hans build Knoll into a design powerhouse and took over as president of the company after his death in 1955. Fans of the TV show “Mad Men” have no doubt spotted pieces similar to some she designed, including this sofa from 1954.


Even if the name Eero Saarinen doesn’t ring a bell, we’d be willing to bet you’re familiar with his designs. One of the Finnish-born genius’s most visible works is not too far away in St. Louis—yep, Saarinen designed the famous Gateway Arch. Many of the staples of midcentury furnishings also bear Saarninen’s name, including his cozy “Womb Chair,” designed in 1948 at Florence Knoll’s request for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows.”

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