Bruce Hanah et Morisson for Knoll Inc, boot seat Sling, circa 1970

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What I like

I love the simplicity and lightness of this double bench, which is a miracle of balance and a beautiful and sophisticated response to the need to sit. It is an icon of the design of the 70s and an extremely popular piece of furniture from the manufacturer Knoll: the manufacture by the latter is a guarantee of high quality. I like the subtly orange color of the seat, which brings a refined note of color to any room. This does not prevent it from being extremely modern. I also like the fact that it is the version with armrests, with a good provenance and its original trim.


Bruce Hanah and Morrison for Knoll Inc, circa 1970

“Sling” model bench, with double seat forming an L with the backrest, trimmed with a very thick orange-rust fabric of origin. It rests on a tubular metal structure sheathed in white RIslan, formed by two  rectangular uprights forming the base, and the armrests, surmounted by a backlog, the two uprights joined by two crosspieces sheathed with the same RIslan.

Metal label indicating: First National City Bank New York with inventory number: 4063.

Scratches visible at Rislan, very bearable considering the fact that it is an old edition, in its original trim.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 71 cm- Width: 121 cm- Depth: 78 cm

Weight: 30 kg

Mix & Match

Its sober and elegant design allows it to slip into many houses: in an entrance, it can be overcome with an antique mirror and it will gracefully accommodate coats. In a living room, its pure lines do not exclude adding antique armchairs: we will play on the color of the seat to awaken the atmosphere! But it will obviously be perfect with fairly refined furniture of the design of the 1980s, especially with all those that Knoll has edited: Eero Saarinen, Gae Aulenti (especially with the Orsay salon in white lacquered metal (on sale soon) Warren Platner, Harry Bertoia … This sleek bench seat can also play with the pair of Space Age swivel chairs  whose red and white range will blend well with the orange and white of the bench. In front of it, we can arrange  the coffee table with orange ceramic top of the same 70s.

I also see it integrating an interior where the two desk-shelves of bright yellow polyester sconces or Rare desk shelf in white fiberglass, around 1970.

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The creators

Bruce Hannah, graduated from Pratt Institute in 1963 with a degree in industrial design. His design career began in 1967 when he collaborated on several award-winning seating groups for Knoll. In 1976, Bruce Hannah created his own design office. In 1990, the Hannah desktop system for Knoll was named Design of the Decade by the IDSA – Industrial Design Society of America. In 1992, Bruce was appointed first designer in residence at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Biography of Bruce Hannah In 1993, Bruce received the Bronze Apple from the IDSA New York Chapter for the first national design conference on universal design. Bruce is a full professor at the Pratt Institute and continues to design, most recently, an exhibition at the National Design Museum entitled Unlimited by Design. In 1998, Bruce was named President of Undergraduate Industrial Design and Graduate Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, and received the National Design Education Award from IDSA.

Andrew Morrison born in 1939 in the USA A graduate and instructor at the Pratt Institute, Andrew Morrison was a major contributor to the Knoll product portfolio from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties. In the early 1970s, he collaborated with colleague Bruce Hannah to introduce an innovative, award-winning aluminum-framed living room collection. Morrison believed that furniture should be designed with manufacturing as the primary consideration. As a result, his designs for Knoll focused on ease of production, shipping, and assembly. In 1986, Morrison made its biggest contribution to Knoll with the Morrison system, a revolutionary open product, which is still produced by Knoll. Designed to meet the changing workplace of the 1980s, the Morrison system was designed to expand and adapt as modern office models and technology changed.

The publisher

Knoll is an American company manufacturing office furniture and equipment. It was founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll, an entrepreneur of German origin. With his wife Florence Knoll he developed the company and made it one of the most creative and prolific of the post-war period. Both create a “Knoll style”; they imposed their vision of development thanks to the Planning Unit, a unique service of its kind for the time, combining interior architecture, design, production, textiles, graphics. After her husband’s death in 1955, Florence replaced Hans as head of the company. In 1965, she left the company.

Like Herman Miller, Knoll’s importance in twentieth-century design  is considerable. Knoll worked with a number of notable post-war architects and designers, such as Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry and Ross Lovegrove. For a time, the company reissued great design references such as Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair. Many pieces of furniture made by Knoll are now part of design history.

Knoll is headquartered in East Greenville, Pennsylvania and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange Knoll has more than 4,000 employees on five continents. It is one of the major players in office furniture and layout.

A beautiful authentic object at the right price

This bench has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, originality and fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuteness of the design, guarantee of a valuation of your new acquisition in your interior and an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying a vintage piece is a reassuring investment, because of the appetite for art of the 1970s.

On the other hand, buying vintage preserves the resources of our planet earth.

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Weight 30 kg
Dimensions 78 × 121 × 71 cm



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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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