Knoll exhibits classic and contemporary designs at the Toronto-Dominion Centre
From October 15 to November 7, Toronto-Dominion Centre (TD Centre) in Toronto, Canada will host “Masters of Modern” a Knoll organized exhibition with support from DesignTO, Cadillac Fairview and Drechsel. Located in the Main Lobby and Linkway areas of the TD Centre, a classic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe architectural design, the exhibition is open to the public during regular hours 5:30am to 6:30pm Monday-Friday. Along with a display where the public can read and learn about Knoll, Mies and Bauhaus designers, the layout of furniture is open for visitors to sit and experience the designs for themselves.
In honor of the Bauhaus Centennial, “Masters of Modern” will celebrate Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus alumni who profoundly influenced Florence Knoll, whose embrace of rationalism and total design helped lead the next generation of Modernists. Throughout her career, Florence Knoll translated the Bauhaus idea of the total work of art to the American public and corporate world of the 1950’s and 1960’s. She helped define American Modernism and set a precedent for design that is holistic rather than object-focused. A range of archival and iconic products will be on display including Marcel Breuer’s Cesca and Wassily Chair; Florence Knoll’s Lounge Chair and Coffee Table; Anni Albers’ Eclat Weave textile; and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Collection and MR Side Chairs.
Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Design Director, commented, “The exhibition at the TD Centre underscores the strong bond between Florence Knoll and the Modern Movement, all under the architectural umbrella of one her greatest influences, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.”
Designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1969, the TD Centre office complex epitomizes the architect’s interpretation of the International Style—an architectural style developed in the 20’s and 30’s rooted in the use of industrial materials, flat surfaces and modular forms all the while rejecting any sort of ornamentations and color. Like Mies’ Seagram Building in New York City, the TD Centre is darkly colored, rigidly ordered with a calculated combination of steel and glass and set in a large open plaza. Three towers occupy the granite plaza, mathematically ordered to allow views to come in and out of focus as viewers traverse the plaza. Together, the three towers of the TD Centre uphold the very design principles Mies passed down to Florence Knoll, and so are a natural home for “Masters of Modern.”