Florence Knoll Bassett, a pioneering designer and entrepreneur who created the modern look and feel of America’s postwar corporate office with sleek furniture, artistic textiles and an uncluttered, free-flowing workplace environment, died on Friday in Coral Cables, Fla. She was 101.
Her death was announced by David E. Bright, a spokesman for Knoll Inc., the company she and her husband Hans Knoll ran for many years.
To connoisseurs of Modernism, the mid-20th-century designs of Florence Knoll, as she was known, were — and still are — the essence of the genre’s clean, functional forms. Transcending design fads, they are still influential, still contemporary, still common in offices, homes and public spaces, still found in dealers’ showrooms and represented in museum collections.
Ms. Knoll learned her art at the side of Modernist masters. She was a protégé of the German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen, the Finnish architect and teacher and the father of the architect Eero Saarinen. And she worked with the renowned Bauhaus architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Throughout her career, influenced by the German Bauhaus school of design, she promoted the Modernist merger of architecture, art and utility in her furnishings and interiors, especially — although not exclusively — for offices.
In the golden age of American industrial design, Henry Dreyfuss Associates knew that there was more to design than just looking good. Products had to be good, crafted to work with the people who use them.
With this in mind, HDA designers Niels Diffrient and Alvin R. Tilley created Humanscale, including its ingenious data selectors, providing access to over 60,000 human factors data points in one easily referenced, user-friendly “portfolio of information”.
Humanscale has long been out of print. Now we’re bringing it back.
With the rise of technology and the real-time pressures of an online, global economy,
humans will have to be very clever – and very careful – not to be left behind by the future.From the perspective of those in charge, human labor is losing its value, and people are becoming a liability.
This documentary reveals the real motivation behind the secretive effort to reduce the population and bring resource use into strict, centralized control.
Could it be that the biggest threat we face isn’t just automation and robots destroying jobs, but the larger sense that humans could become obsolete altogether?
Adelia Cook, one of three books of the Adelia Collection – Help little Adelia reach all the kids around the world!
I am launching a project in Catarse ( brazilian crowdfunding site) about an inclusive children’s book developed with an innovative Braille print created by author and graphic designer Wanda Gomes from Brazil. This Braille print developed by her is unique in the world and brings a whole new experience for children with visual impairment or not; it allows textures, reliefs and even scents to be printed!
The collection is called Adélia and is already in Portuguese with 9 thousand copies distributed.
The funding is to print 500 copies in Spanish for dissemination in Book Fairs in México, Argentina and Colombia with the Spanish publishers who have already requested the collection and also the american hispanic market.
A very important project for the education and inclusion of children with visual impairment.
The project also seeks investors to cover or exceed the total value for a larger print run and distribution.