How to be Florence Knoll in 10 Easy Steps

Looking back on a decades-old relationship with the designer on the centennial of her birth, Metropolis vice president of design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from her contributions to architecture and design.

Courtesy Florence Knoll Bassett papers, 1932-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Florence Knoll Bassett is truly a visionary. As a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood…