Comparison Guide: Florence Knoll Bench Reproductions

Single Seat Bench Two-Seat Bench
Overall: 34.75"w x 20.5"d x 17.5"h
Seat Height: 17.5"
Overall: 60.75"w x 20.5"d x 17.5"h
Seat Height: 17.5"
$ 970 (base price) $1,440 (base price)
Comparison Feature: "Signature" Brand Modern Classics Brand Most Others
Offered in a wide variety of leather colors Yes YES- 17 Leather colors, all top-grain leather No, use inexpensive leather from not grade A tanneries
Offered in a wide variety of fabric colors Yes YES- 19 100% polyester fabric colors (250k double rubs), or choose your own (for an extra charge). No, use inexpensive cashmere/wool blend that quickly pills and just doesn't last
Stainless steel frame polished to high luster NO, Mild steel with flash chrome plating YES, 1 inch square stainless steel tubing welded and polished No, mild steel with chrome plating
Dimensions of the benches closely match the "signature" Brand Yes YES, dimensions match, design details match, like the thickness of the arms, the height of the back No, dimensions are smaller arms are thinker, many design details are ignored
Leather on all sides of bench, including the sides Yes, all surfaces are leather YES, all surfaces are leather, including the buttons on the leather versions No, use faux leather sides
Buttons attached with string Yes YES Not always..sometimes they are glued on.
Foam Density adjusted for comfort Yes YES, we use HR (High Resilient), Multi-Density Foam, Dacron wrapped for superb seat comfort and durability Foam quality is not HR, so will break down quickly over time.
Retail Price (36") $2,500 $ 930 $999
Retail Price (60") $4,200 $1,380 $999

This bench was inspired by the Lounge Collection created by US designer Florence Knoll (1917-present) to have a spare, angular profile that reflects the objective perfectionism of modern design. As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, Florence Knoll modestly called these pieces the "fill-in pieces that no one else wants to do."  We absolutely love this design for it's clean lines and comfort. A perfect addition for the hallway, or entrance way.

Our Florence Knoll inspired bench reproduction is available in two sizes: a single and two-seat; and in two upholstery choices: top-grain, aniline-dyed Italian leather in 17 color choices or a selection of 19 boucle fabric colors. We use stainless steel 1"; square tubing for the legs and frame. The seat cushion is 3" thick and filled with High Resilient Multi-Density Foam. The cushion surfaces consist of individual aniline-dyed leather panels offered in 17 colors or 19 fabric colors. For sewing, we offer 2 different ways the panels may be hand-sewn together: 1) using a hand-rolled welting (piping) technique as found on the "signature" brand or 2) straight stitch seams.  Buttons are optional.  Our construction techniques provide a solid bench perfect for commercial and residential applications.

Features:

  • Polished stainless steel base
  • High Resilient Multi-Density Foam
  • Choice of leather or fabric in a variety of colors
  • On the Leather version, buttons and piping between the buttons is standard
  • On the fabric version, straight stitch seams between the tufting points is standard
  • On either upholstery options, you may request no buttons.

Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather for the Florence Knoll Collection: "Standard" and "Premium". Each of the these groupings feature:

  • Top-grain leather from Grade A hides
  • Semi aniline-dyed (standard) and 100% aniline-dyed (premium)
  • Made in Italy and imported to our factory
  • No split hides or bonded leather

We are happy to mail you a physical piece of leather so you can hold it in your hands. Just go you our material sample request form page.

Below are the swatches of the leather colors we offer for the Florence Knoll Collection. Our standard leathers (denoted with the prefix L1) are top-grain, semi-aniline-dyed, corrected with a slight embossing. Our Premium leathers (denoted with the prefix L2) are top-grain, 100% aniline-dyed and have a soft feel to them and much of the hides natural grain patterns are retained. They are also a little shinier than the Standard Leather. We do not use split hides leather. Leather thickness is generally 1.0 - 1.2 mm depending on application of seating component for stretching and tailoring the upholstery design and condition. Both the Standard and Premium Leathers are considered equally durable and are ideal for home or commercial use.

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L103- Polar White Leather L107- Snow White: Leather L211- Premium - Beige White Leather L115- Café Au Lait Leather L119- Neutral Tan Leather L123- Autumn Tan Leather
L103
Polar White
L107
Snow White
L211
Beige White
L115
Cafe au Lait
L119
Neutral Tan
L123
Autumn Tan
L227- Premium - Golden Tan Leather L228- Premium - Honey Tan Leather L131- Cocoa Brown Leather L235- Premium - Espresso Leather L135- Java Brown Leather
L227
Golden Tan
L228
HoneyTan
L131
Cocoa Brown
L235
Espresso Brn
L135
Java Brown
L139- Charcoal Gray Leather L143- Standard Black Leather L243- Premium - Shiny Black Leather L244- Premium - Matte Black Leather L147-Standard Red Leather L247- Premium - Red Leather
L139
Charcoal
L143
Std. Black
L243
Shiny Black
L244
Matte Black
L147
Std. Red
L247
Red

We now offer our own exclusive collection "boucle" textured fabric in an extensive collection of colors that are particularly suited for the mid-century modern furniture we make. This fabric and colors were custom made just for us, at a well known North America mill. Made of 100% polyester, our boucles are soft, durable (250K double rubs), stain and UV resistant. We have arranged these swatches in color groups below. We are happy to mail you a physical piece of fabric so you can hold it in your hands, just complete this material sample request form. If you have a specific fabric in mind, we can either order it or we can use your supplied fabric. In either case, we need to approve the fabric to ensure it can be applied to the specific piece of furniture and we will need to provide a price quote.

Name Modern Boucle Fabric
Content 100% Post-Consumer recycled Polyester
Weight 22 oz/linear yard
Finish Greenshield™ (High Performance, eco-friendly stain guard that beads liquids and easy to clean)
Abrasion Resistance 250,000 Double Rubs
(ASTM D4157-13)

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F214-Pearl White <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F215-Buff Yellow <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F216-Citrus Yellow <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F234-Melon Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F235-Tangerine Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F236-Poppy Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F223-Cayenne Red <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F214
Pearl White
F215
Buff Yellow
F216
Citrus Yellow
F234
Melon Orange
F235
Tangerine
Orange
F236
Poppy Orange
F223
Cayenne Red
F245-Chartreuse Green <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F246-Lime Green <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F253-Powder Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F254-Aegean Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F255-Royal Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F257-Plum Purple <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F262-Silver Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F245
Chartreuse
Green
F246
Lime Green
F253
Powder Blue
F254
Aegean Blue
F255
Royal Blue
F257
Plum Purple
F262
Silver Gray
F263-Smoke Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F264-Winter Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F266-Midnight Black <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F273-Putty Tan <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F274-Chestnut Brown <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F263
Smoke Gray
F264
Winter Gray
F266
Midnight Black
F273
Putty Tan
F274
Chestnut Brown

Here at Modern Classics Furniture, we focus tightly on manufacturing and selling furniture in the niche market known as Modern Classics furniture reproductions. Since 1998, we have been a recognized manufacturing and distribution source of modern classic furnishings. Our customers include world renowned architects, interior designers, office furniture dealers, corporate buyers, offices, airports, museums, hotels, and homeowners. We only sell what we make, thus allowing us to control the production process.

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Chicago, Illinois (Fine Arts Building)

Location: 410 S Michigan Avenue, Suite 306, Chicago IL 60605
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 to 4
Showroom Manager: Alison Mitchell 773-572-9449
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Dallas, Texas (Dallas Design District)

Location: 2309 Springlake Rd, Suite 620, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 (Musgrave Assoc.)
Hours: By Appointment only right now.
Contact: Nick Fain 214-215-4669 or Curt Roth 360-733-6400
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Bellingham, Washington (Downtown)

Location: 1418 N State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12 to 5
Showroom Manager: Curt Roth: 360-733-6400
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