"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’s—but timeless enough to warrant continuous production well into this 21st Century.