Florence Knoll Bassett (born in 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born Florence Schust in Saginaw, Michigan. She graduated from the Kingswood School before studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Knoll also received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Armour Institute in 1941 and briefly worked with leaders of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and the American modernist, Wallace K.
In 1941, she met Hans Knoll, whose eponymous furniture company was just getting off the ground, they married in 1946. Her design sense and his business skills soon made Knoll Inc. a leading firm in its field.
The furniture Florence created reflects her Bauhaus training: the pieces are pure functional design, exactly built, their only ornament from the materials such as wood and marble.