Florence Knoll believed in total design, the idea that all elements of a space should be carefully considered and controlled. Maybe that's part of the reason why, even today, Knoll interiors seem so balanced. Their furniture often photographs well in corners, where a chair or shelf seems to anchor the rest of the room. The Saarinen Womb Chair above is similar in scale to the artwork, yet they play off one another: black and white against bright red, curved outlines against the straight angles of the frame. Click below for a few more examples of carefully designed corners...
This dining room corner is the focal point of the room, designed with a black countertop shelf and leaning artwork display. The dark surface of the shelf leads into the horizontal rhythm of the black window frame beyond.
This simple arrangement places Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona couch on an angle. A framed rectangular artwork and gridded rug balance the diagonal of the daybed, while a Saarinen side table brings some softer lines into the corner.
This corner has a little bit of everything: a mini library, plenty of storage space, shelves loaded with artwork, a graphic rug, and a space for lounging or reading. All these elements are balanced by organizing the storage in built-ins along the wall, while keeping the open space relatively clear.
This built-in banquette is loaded with pillows to draw people into the corner. The architectural details of the window are the real focal point in this room, and everything else is designed to highlight and echo the window. For more from Knoll's residential spaces, click here.