Walter Knoll

Knoll took part in the 2020 edition of the international fair imm Cologne, presenting some of its latest creations along with modern classics and iconic products by two great masters of design: Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen.


The booth had been designed by OMA, the firm co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who has collaborated with Knoll for a number of years. The concept of the booth, created to celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus, was subdivided into four settings, each focusing on one project by Mies van der Rohe: the house in Krefeld (1927), Weissenhof estate in Stuttgart (1927), Barcelona Pavilion (1929), and the Tugendhat house (1930).


Overlaid walls, mobile panels and metal screens divided the spaces and created the backdrop for an immersive experience in the various zones, making clear reference to the historic projects. The installation called for an abstract reproduction of the original layout, also seen on the travertine floor, for precise positioning of the spaces from which the settings took their cue.


Inside the display itinerary, one perceived the mingling between what existed in the past and its evolutions: some of the modern classics created by Mies van der Rohe featured new finishes and coverings. Passing from one setting to the next, the experience continued with the iconic impact of the Pedestal Collectionand the comfort of the Womb Chairby Eero Saarinen, alongside the Platner Collection, establishing a dialogue with recent creations like the Gould Sofaby Piero Lissoni.

Bauhaus Edition

Among the new developments completing the “Bauhaus Edition” collection, composed of the classic MR Chairs and the iconic Barcelona® Chair by Mies van der Rohe, Knoll presented the Bauhaus Limited Editionof the legendary Wassily™ Chairdesigned by Marcel Breuer. A series of just 500 pieces, certified and numbered, commemorate the centenary of the Bauhaus movement and the close ties with Knoll and the foundations of its inimitable design approach.

In keeping with the philosophy of “Modern Always,” Knoll had created a collection of products capable of perfectly interpreting the brand’s values: timeless image and the coherent design with which the company has always been identified, combining uniqueness and comfort.