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Poster, Knoll International

This is a Poster. It was designed by Massimo Vignelli and made for (as the client) Knoll Textiles. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Their elegant modernist aesthetic has been expressed in furniture, tabletop wares, exhibitions, interiors and, above all, graphic design. In The Vignelli Canon (2009), Massimo outlines his design parameters as: timelessness, discipline, clarity, intellectual elegance, economy of means, and structure.
Vignelli believes that posters retain their value as a vital aspect of corporate identity in spite of the proliferation of other media. His monumental poster for Knoll International (1967), which uses transparent and overlapping letters, exemplifies his crisp, bold design approach and underscores Knoll’s identity through typography. The poster’s reverse displays drawings of Knoll’s furniture line, which gained visibility when the poster was folded and sent as a mailing piece.
This poster is part of a larger group of posters offered as a gift by the Vignellis that would enhance the museum’s representation of 20th-century graphic design and, specifically, work by Vignelli Associates.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Colorful Identity.

This object was donated by Lella Vignelli and Massimo Vignelli. It is credited Gift of Lella and Massimo Vignelli.

  • Poster, DADA
  • screenprint on white wove paper.
  • Gift of Various Donors.
  • 1981-29-206

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Poster, Salzhaus
  • offset lithograph on paper.
  • Gift of Felix Pfäffli.
  • 2014-30-1

Its dimensions are

81.3 x 120.7 cm (32 x 47 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Poster, Knoll International; Designed by Massimo Vignelli (Italian, active USA, 1931–2014); Client: Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; offset lithograph on white wove paper; 81.3 x 120.7 cm (32 x 47 1/2 in.); Gift of Lella and Massimo Vignelli; 2009-42-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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