Knoll Classics

Platner Coffee Table 36" in Gold

Warren Platner, 1966


The Platner Collection has proven to be one of the most enduring icons of Modernist design. Reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values, Modernism became more expressive in the 1960s. Platner avoided an explicitly applied aesthetic, seeking instead to make the structure so the ornamental details are built into it as functional elements.

With this in mind, Platner transformed steel wire into sculptural furniture, creating an elegant collection of chairs, tables and stools with a base formed out of hundreds of vertical steel rods.

A classic is something you look at often and always accept as it is, explained Platner. You can see no way of improving it.

With unity, ingenuity and attention to detail in both form and fabrication, the Platner Collection was introduced by Knoll in 1966 and has been in continuous production ever since.

In 1966 the Platner Collection captured the “decorative, gentle and graceful” shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary. 50 years later we are celebrating by offering the collection in 18 karat gold. This stunning coffee table brings mid-century modern elegance and a bit of shine to any living room. A frame of 18 karat gold plated steel wire is used here to support a 3/8″ glass, marble, granite, or wood veneer top.