Son of Wilhelm Knoll, who in 1865 starts his leather business in Stuttgart. In 1907 Walter takes over the company and in 1925 he founds his own upholstered furniture factory « Walter Knoll ». Unlike Wilhelm Knoll, Walter stops using leather, preferring to use fabrics ; a range of colours is also introduced. In 1927 the Prodomo system by Walter Knoll causes a stir and makes for good sales. In 1929 Walter starts manufacturing tubular steel furniture. In spite of the economic crisis, the companies In a few years, Walter and Wilhelm Knoll both expand. Walter Knoll moves 40 kilometres from Stuttgart to Herrenberg.
In 1938 Walter Knoll’s son Hans, together with his wife Florence, founds « Knoll International » in America.
Walter Knoll dies in 1971 dies, aged 94.
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