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Knoll starts producing seatings in Stuttgart and found his own "leather-shop" in 1865. He makes seating and upholstery of exceedingly good quality at his works. The craftsmanship of his goods is such that he is appointed "Supplier to the Court" of the Württemberg monarchy in 1900. The post-1871 'Wilhelminian period' sees furniture designs incorporating everything from Gothic to Baroque. As in architecture, a strict division is made in interior design between the engineering and looks of a piece. Furniture is still largely made by hand. In this period, Wilhelm Knoll fuses the crafts of upholsterer, joiner and saddler into a masterful unity. In 1925, Walter Knoll returns from the USA. Inspired by the culture and art of the New World, he sets up his own company, Walter Knoll & Co. GmbH. In 1937, said company moves to Herrenberg. Shortly before the Second World War, Walter Knoll's first son Hans likewise makes off for North America, where he founds Knoll International. The steel-tube furniture of Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and Mart Stam echo the zeitgeist. Wilhelm Knoll's designs are geared towards the avantgarde furniture system for the Weissenhof Estate built at Stuttgart in 1927. His Antimott programme replaces springs and plush upholstery with elastic straps boasting fine suspension properties. One example of truly pioneering work are the aluminium chairs for the Zeppelins. .



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