Paul Makovsky on Florence Knoll Bassett
June 20, 2019
Join us for our next Modern Conversation when Paul Makovsky will discuss the fascinating life and career of architect Florence Knoll Bassett, who passed away in January at the age of 101, one of the most influential women in American design in the twentieth century. For more than two decades, she was the design force behind Knoll Inc. where she established and led its interior design division—the Knoll Planning Unit—which created elegant office spaces for clients such as CBS, Look magazine, H.J. Heinz, Connecticut General, and the U.S. State Department. She commissioned and produced now iconic designs from leading designers of the era including Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, and designed many of the firm’s products herself. In 1984, Paul Goldberger, then the architecture critic of The New York Times, wrote that Ms. Knoll “probably did more than any other single figure to create the modern, sleek, postwar American office, introducing contemporary furniture and a sense of open planning into the work environment.”
Paul Makovsky is Editor in Chief of Contract magazine. Formerly, he was Editorial and Brand Director of Metropolis magazine. He was a co-curator of the 2011 exhibition “Knoll Textiles: 1945–2010” at the Bard Graduate Center and contributed to the accompanying catalogue. Makovsky was well acquainted with Florence Knoll, has extensively researched her life and work, and is writing a book about her.
Reception to follow talk. Capacity limited; advance registration required.
Tickets: $15 DOCOMOMO Members; $25 General Admission.
Thursday, June 20th, 6:30 – 8:00pm
1700 Broadway, Suite 400 (between West 53rd & 54th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
Details & registration
DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State wishes to thank Gensler for hosting this event