Warren Platner // From Steel Wire to Sculptural Form
Warren Platner, architect, furniture and interior designer is an icon of 1960’s Modernism. As a graduate from Cornell University in 1941 with a degree in architecture, he worked for some of the most prominent architectural practices in the country, including the iconic firms of Raymond Loewy, I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche – before opening his own firm, Warren Platner Associates. In the mid-60s, while working in the firms of Saarinen and Roche, Platner unveiled his collection of chairs, ottomans and tables, known as the Platner Collection. Produced by Knoll International, with the aid of a grant from the Graham Foundation, each piece rested on a sculptural base of nickel-plated steel rods resembling a “shiny sheaf of wheat. Production was complicated because the sculptural bases were made of hundreds of rods and for some chairs required more than 1,000 welds. An intricate cylindrical mesh steel base, creating a unique architectural play between the interior and exterior space, supported the upholstered seat. Platner designed other office furniture and was also involved in a number of large architecture and interior design commissions in which he was often responsible for details down to the dishes and textiles. One of Platner’s most well know interior projects was Windows on the World, which opened at the World Trade Center in 1976.
A rare Warren Platner Settee c.1968, only 50 of these were produced. This piece has not been re-issued by Knoll and is highly sought after.
This stunning Platner Arabesque Marble Dining Table c. 1970s sets on a nickel-plated base. The marble has unique markings and expressions. Also show are four coordinating armchairs.
Platner Custom Desk c.1972 commissioned and manufactured for Lehigh-Leopold. This bold form consists of book-matched highly figured rosewood veneers, bronze steel and a granite base with inset leather top.
Pair of Platner Armchairs c. 1968 upholstered in a tangerine textured fabric.