Design Within Reach - that venerable purveyor of accessible Modernism - is putting their Knoll Classics line on sale until March 4. The Knoll Classics line is made up of the most famed pieces of Modern design, from Barcelona loungers to Tulips Chairs, and it's rarely been offered on sale.
If you're like us, humming-and-hawing over that Wassily Chair as the seasons wax and wane, consider this a sign. Go check out the full line at 15% off (plus free shipping), and make good on that promise you made to yourself on investing in good design.
In the meantime, here's a little quiz about Knoll's most legendary designers. Who was a velocipede enthusiast? Who worked in on the pages of Playboy? Who wrote the best love letters? Find out, .
1.) This designer created the chair chosen by Lyndon B. Johnson for his desk in the Oval Office.
2.) His most famous chair was inspired by the handlebars of an Adler bicycle similar to the 1930s version above (image via).
3.) This architect was famously in love with his wife, Aline, and many of his letters to her (like the great one above) have found popularity amongst design history nerds.
4.) Another architect who designed seating for the leaders of nations, this epoch-making name was tapped to design chairs for King Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena of Spain at the opening of the pavilion he designed for the 1929 International Exposition.
5. This bowtie-clad family man was picture front-and-center in a 1961 Playboy spread, above.
1. Jens Risom designed the chair President Johnson sat on every day during his presidency. The Danish-born Risom was actually a co-founder of Knoll itself (check out his classic Lounge Chair above if you're unfamiliar).
2. Marcel Breuer's Wassily Chair, which launched his career while he was at the Bauhaus, was reportedly inspired by the tubular steel handlebars of Breuer's Adler Bicycle. The Wassily chair was one of the very first usages of tubular steel in small-scale product and furniture design, though later, Mies van der Rohe and others would use the technology often.
3. Eero Saarinen, who designed Knoll classics like the Tulip Chair letters to Aline have been preserved and widely circulated online.
4. Mies van der Rohe was tasked with creating suitable seating for the Spanish Royalty at the opening of his Barcelona Pavilion in 1929. The result was a classic of Modernism: the Barcelona Chair, seen in a great Knoll ad above.
5. Charles Eames (co-designer along with Ray Eames of the iconic DCM line, above) was featured -- alongside George Nelson, Edward Warmley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, and Jens Risom -- in a 1961 Playboy piece on modern furniture designers. The full story can be found here.
Now go check out Design Within Reach's ridiculous sale!