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Warren Platner 1919-2006

Warren Platner 1919-2006

"A classic is something that you look at often and always accept it as it is. You can see no way of improving it."

A Yale-educated architect and accomplished interior designer, Warren Platner will be remembered, above all, for a suite of furniture that yielded some of the most recognizable symbols of 1960's Modernism. Platner's architectural career began with stints in the offices of celebrated figures, including Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei, and culminated in the Rome Prize for architecture—which recognizes the most promising American talent in a range of creative fields—awarded to Platner in 1955. 

In the 1960's, Platner, who believed that architecture was as much about interior design as exterior form, began to distinguish himself in the arena of interiors, most notably, creating the impossibly glamorous, exceedingly elegant interiors for Windows on the World, the legendary sky-high restaurant atop the World Trade Center. Still, it's the Platner Collection, a suite of seating and tables noted for their sculptural ribbed steel profiles, and introduced by Knoll in 1966, with which Warren Platner is most closely linked. Harboring a fondness for metals, Platner composed a distinctive base for the collection’s tables and upholstered seating, comprised of slender, nickel-plated steel rods, a gleaming, instantly iconic visual device that seemed tailor-made for the exuberant 60’sbut timeless enough to warrant continuous production well into this 21st Century.

Platner Arm Chair
Knoll Platner Arm Chair from $3,206.00
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Platner Coffee Table
Knoll Platner Coffee Table from $1,567.00
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Platner Dining Table
Knoll Platner Dining Table from $3,679.00
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Platner Easy Chair
Knoll Platner Easy Chair from $8,759.00
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Platner Gold Arm Chair
Knoll Platner Gold Arm Chair from $4,625.00
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Platner Gold Coffee Table
Knoll Platner Gold Coffee Table from $2,435.00
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Platner Gold Dining Table
Knoll Platner Gold Dining Table $5,715.00
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Platner Gold Lounge Chair
Knoll Platner Gold Lounge Chair from $7,046.00
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Platner Gold Side Table
Knoll Platner Gold Side Table from $1,496.00
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Platner Gold Stool
Knoll Platner Gold Stool from $2,685.00
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Platner Lounge Chair
Knoll Platner Lounge Chair from $5,620.00
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Platner Ottoman
Knoll Platner Ottoman from $2,427.00
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Platner Side Table
Knoll Platner Side Table from $856.00
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Platner Stool
Knoll Platner Stool from $1,812.00
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