unrefinery
October 13, 2008  ·  design

The Lost Art of the Cool Office

The more we see of Knoll's glorified cube farms and sorry Aeron-esque office chairs, the more we get wistful for the classic work of Florence Knoll. The epitome had to be her legendary design of Frank Stanton's CBS office (1964), which exhibits so many of the traits that would make for a great office even today: rich woods, light airy neutrals, low built-in storage and a pedestal desk that conveys importance without weight. It had enough of a residential feel to make it comfortable. He probably had an awesome bar in there, too.

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