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Warren Platner

Warren Platner (1919-2006), born Joseph Warren Platner in Baltimore, Maryland was a famed American architect and interior designer. He attained his architectural degree in 1941 from Cornell University and almost immediately began working with some of the most prominent architecture practices in the country such as Raymond Loewy and I.M. Pei. He was also a part of Eero Saarinen’s office as well as Kevin Roche in the early and mid-1960s. During that time, he designed his iconic and sculptural collection of chairs, ottomans, and tables from nickel plated steel rods and empty space. Which, according to the Knoll catalog, resembled a “shiny sheaf of wheat”. Platner’s designs were at once classic and modern. He was known to say that there was room in modernism “for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV”. And, that the definition of a “classic” as being, something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is, and you see no way of improving it. He was an award-winning designer in both furniture and his interior design projects and inducted into Interior Design magazine’s hall of fame in 1985. He was still active in his firm until falling ill prior to his death. His designs will live on.

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