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Florence Knoll Bassett papers, 1932-2000

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Series 5: Subject Files , circa 1930s-1999
(Box 3; 1.0 linear ft.)

The series contains original, and copies of notes, letters, drawings, sketches, plans, photographic material, and printed matter, as well as historical notes written by Knoll Bassett. Originals of some of the material in Series 1 can be found here.
Folders 1 and 2 contain material relating to Knoll Bassett's education and her relationship with the Saarinen family, including original illustrated letters from Eero Saarinen. The majority of the material relates to projects undertaken by the Knoll Planning Unit, including showroom designs and some of the company's most important and innovative projects for corporate clients. The files typically contain annotated plans and sketches in addition to photographs, transparencies, and negatives of each project. Specific aspects of the Planning Unit's operations, such as the development of textiles and graphics, are also documented here, as are the individual contributions of early Knoll designers. Material relating to personal projects undertaken by Knoll Bassett in Vermont and Florida is also included here.
This series was arranged by Knoll Bassett in numbered folders, some of which contain two or more related sub folders which are indicated by an indent in the Container Listing.
Description Container Select
Kingswood; Cranbrook Academy of Art, circa 1930s, 1983-1994, undated
(Kingswood includes photographs of Rachel de Wolfe Raseman, taken 1936; Cranbrook includes photos of Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Carl Milles)
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1
Eero Saarinen, Letters and "Architecture History Lesson" Drawings; Loja Saarinen, Original Model and Photographs of Model of Dress, 1935-1936, 1999
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2
Coral Gables, Florida; New York City, circa 1950s, undated
(includes photographs of Sutton Place and Manhattan house residences)
3
3
Vermont House: Main House, Guest House, Farm Buildings and View, Tennis Barn and Studio, circa 1980s-circa 1990s
3
4
Florence Knoll Furniture Designs: Article by Craig Miller, Seating and Tables, Storage Units, Office Furniture and Dormitory Design, circa 1940s-1999
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5
Early Knoll Designers, Furniture, circa 1930s-circa 1940s, 1999
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6
Knoll Graphics, Herbert Matter, circa 1950s-circa 1960s, 1999
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7
Knoll Textiles, circa 1950s-circa 1960s, 1988, 1999
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8
Knoll Exhibitions: Mies van der Rohe; Knoll au Louvre; Dow Chemical and Detroit Institute of Arts; Textilien aus U.S.A., circa 1940s-1999, undated
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9
Knoll Showroom, 601 Madison Avenue, New York, 1948, 1999
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10
Knoll Showrooms, Dallas, Paris, and Miami, 1947-1959
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11
Knoll Showroom, 575 Madison Avenue, New York, 1951, 1999
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Knoll Showroom, Chicago, 1953, 1999
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Knoll Showroom, San Francisco, 1954
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Knoll Showroom, Milan, 1956
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Knoll Showroom, Los Angeles, 1960
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Columbia Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (CBS), Madison Avenue, 1952-1954, 1999
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17
Look Publications, circa 1962
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18
Connecticut General Building, circa 1950s, 1984
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H. J. Heinz Company, 1999, undated
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20
First National Bank of Miami and Southeast Bank, 1957, 1982, 1999
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Columbia Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (CBS): General, 35th Floor, Frank Stanton's Office Suite, 1964
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22
Knoll Bassett's Inventory of Box 3, 1999
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