Christmas Card from "Hans and Shu Shu [Florence] Knoll" to Charles and Ray Eames, 1945–77

Midcentury architect and furniture designer Florence (aka "Shu") Knoll Bassett worked with Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames on furniture design early in her career while at Cranbrook. In 1938, her husband Hans Knoll founded the Knoll furniture company, bringing on Florence to help grow the business. She took over operations following Hans' death in 1958, and designed many of the minimalist commercial-office oriented furniture pieces sold by the company. She also renewed relationships with Cranbrook contemporaries including Saarinen, the Eameses, and Harry Bertoia, to design many now-iconic furniture pieces for Knoll. —Architect Magazine

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