What an exciting and iconic set of dining chairs! This set of six belong to the 1300 Series chairs designed in 1967 by Bill Stephens for Knoll International. Most retain their Knoll International label with their 745 5th Avenue, New York, New York address dating them to 1970-1981 production. We know this as Knoll moved into 745 in 1970 and out in 1981. The 1300 Series chairs features a bentwood frame supporting a molded plastic seat. This set’s frame is in an ebony or black painted finish and the molded plastic seat is upholstered in a white with black tweed upholstery that we believe is original. We love their patina and would not change a thing, but we know some prefer perfect. We have priced them accordingly.
Bill Stephens born 1932 in Pennsylvania and graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. He began his career with Knoll as an assistant prototype builder in 1960 for their Design and Development Group. After working up the ranks he became its director in 1971. He spear headed and worked on the creation and development of many projects and products during his time as director including several where he was the principle designer. His greatest were his part in the Petitt chair which was not only beautiful but an achievement in technology and construction; his own 1300 Series or Stephens Chair which was originally designed for the student center at the Yale School of Architecture and remained in production at Knoll until 1988; and his contribution in the first wood landscape systems created along with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to be used in their Weyerhaeuser headquarters project. Stephens passed in 2007.
Be ready for one of the most ergonomically comfortable chairs. One in which to enjoy a long leisurely dinner. Make them yours!