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DKNY (Knoll International)

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Knoll International
1980, Gwathmey, Siegel and Associates. 37 Newbury St.
  • DKNY (Knoll International) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

An exemplar of late International Style, this stucco-clad concrete building stands apart from its traditional Back Bay neighbors. Built as the showroom and offices for Knoll International furniture, its crisp design is an elegant statement in form and details of Bauhaus- and Le Corbusier–inspired architecture, including its asymmetrical composition, curvilinear lower facade, horizontal window bands, and stairwell glimpsed behind a glass brick wall. The building reinforced the positive qualities of modernist architecture at a time when some architects were advocating a more pluralist type of design.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan

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