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Warren Platner

American architect and designer Warren Platner (1919-2006) graduated from Cornell with a degree in architecture in 1941. He won the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955. Employed at Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Raymond Loewy, and I. M. Pei in the 1960s, he worked on many interiors, including the interior design of Windows on the World, which a critic from The New York Times described as, “Sensuous Modernism.” He debuted his iconic chairs, ottomans, and tables in 1966. The furniture, produced by Knoll with a grant from the Graham Foundation, featured bases that resembled a “shiny sheaf of wheat” crafted from a sculpture of nickel or gold-tone plated steel rods. The Platner Lounge Chair, Armchair, Easy Chair, Ottoman, Coffee Table, and Side Table are still produced today. Platner thought of his designs as “classic” and described them as, “something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is, and you see no way of improving it.” Platner designed the Georg Jensen Design Center in 1967, the Water Tower base in Chicago in 1976, and the Pan Am Building lobby in 1986. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Interior Design Magazine in 1985. He is a favorite of many designers, and his Platner designs are in many home decorating collections. Still admired and often displayed next to other vintage pieces, the furniture is included in many sophisticated interiors of collectors and patrons throughout the globe, and are icons of 1960s design.