Piero Lissoni's sinuous furniture for Knoll turns film star

Knoll and Piero Lissoni present a new film celebrating the Italian designer's KN collection: the short film puts a playful new spin on the furniture collaboration

A still from a film celebrating Piero Lissoni furniture for Knoll, set in a warehouse space and shot like a fashion show
Piero Lissoni's ‘KN01’ chair for Knoll, the first in a series of furniture pieces defined by lightness and curves, and now celebrated in a new film by Veronica Gaido
(Image credit: Veronica Gaido - Photography)

Having grown from a casual swivel chair to a full range of seating, Piero Lissoni’s KN series for Knoll combines the Italian designer’s unique approach to furniture design with the company’s decades-old savoir faire.

The history of the KN family of furniture is, as Lissoni puts it, ‘a case of “the more you get, the more you want”.’ He continues: ‘We began with a swivel chair, then we raised it and added movement. But this chair had to have one special characteristic: it had to seem like a cloud, floating in the air. This led to [more designs].’

Each piece in the collection, which started in 2018, is identified by a number, such as the ‘KN05’ sofa, the ‘KN06’ dining chair and, the latest addition, the ‘KN07’ chair. This is, says Lissoni, ‘a very simple chair, clear and basic, but it contains the DNA of Knoll – in short, when you see it you know it is a Knoll creation. So here we are!’

Piero Lissoni with his KN02 armchair for Knoll

Piero Lissoni with his ‘KN02’ armchair and ‘KN03’ ottoman for Knoll

(Image credit: Veronica Gaido)

The collection is defined by curves and slim profiles, which offer unique comfort as well as an aesthetic language for the series. A versatile collection suitable for domestic use or large public spaces, and each piece is available in a range of textile upholstery and leather options. It perfectly responds to Knoll’s values: design, quality of materials, maximum comfort and attention to detail.

KN04 chair by Piero Lissoni for Knoll

The ‘KN04’ chair

(Image credit: Veronica Gaido)

The KN collection by Piero Lissoni for Knoll is now celebrated through a new video, showcasing the full range of designs and their beauty. Lissoni playfully interacts with his pieces, which become the characters of a fashion-style show. 

Watch: KN by Piero Lissoni for Knoll



Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.

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