In 1938, Knoll was founded by Hans Knoll and joined by his wife Florence. The company is credited for bringing modern design to America and nurturing mid-century design talents to build the most successful and prestigious high-end furniture company in the world. Knoll has been at the front of modern and cutting-edge design; it was the first company to produce Mies van der Rohe's and Marcel Breuer's tubular furniture for a domestic market, allowing the Bauhaus ideals to become a reality for Americans. After World War II, Knoll commissioned many iconic furniture pieces, such as Eero Saarinen's Tulip chair and Harry Bertoia's Wire chairs. More recently, it has commissioned work from Frank Gehry and Richard Meier. Knoll also fully integrated graphic design into its program, with photography and advertising by Herbert Matter and Massimo Vignelli.

Knoll: A Modernist Universe was written by Brian Lutz and published by Rizzoli New York in April 2010.

Knoll: A Modernist Universe is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Design

New York Showroom, 575 Madison Avenue (1951) -Courtesy of Knoll
Interior view of Eero Saarinen's 1965 CBS headquarters building in New York -Courtesy of Knoll
Herbert Matter's Graphic Design for Knoll (1946)
Herbert Matter's Advertisement for Knoll (1950s)
Bertoia Collection (ca 1950) -Art by Herbert Matter for Knoll
Herbert Matter Advertisement for Knoll (1950s)
Herbert Matter's Graphic Design for Knoll (1946)