The Iconic History of Parker Knoll

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We carefully select the most beautifully made furniture to make quality and style available to all our customers. This approach has led us to stock Parker Knoll, one of the market leaders in furniture design and construction. With a heritage spanning over three centuries, Parker Knoll have a wonderfully long and rich heritage which is evident in their classically timeless and elegant pieces.

In 1869, Frederick Parker set up the first incarnation of Parker Knoll after learning how to design and develop the finest furniture from his father, a cabinet maker. Parker passed his skills down to his sons, who continued to develop the business. In 1921, Parker’s sons met Willi Knoll, a revolutionary in furniture design, who invented the coiled steel wire spring which is still used in many chairs to this day. The parties merged their businesses to form Parker Knoll, as we now know it.

By 1932, Parker Knoll had steadily developed a reputation for their fine craftsmanship, quality furniture, and excellent design. Their chairs were chosen to furnish the studios of the new BBC headquarters at Portland Place, while in 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated the throne while sitting in a Parker Knoll armchair. 

The success of the Parker Knoll Penshurst Chair led to the continued development of the design during the 1950s. During the 1960s, Parker Knoll began the development of the revolutionary Recliner Chair, which was the first of its kind to hit the market in the UK and led to a huge change in the furniture industry. 

The Parker Knoll factory was destroyed by a huge fire in 1970, however, the business bounced straight back with upholsterers starting work at a new location just 3 weeks later. The newly designed Statesman Chair was debuted at the Annual Furniture Exhibition and soon after became a huge interior design hit. 

Continuing to lead the UK furniture market, Parker Knoll eventually exhibited at the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014, launching exclusive new collections to the international market. 

For timeless designs which last the test of time, you can’t go wrong with a Parker Knoll suit – particularly when they are available with a whopping 25% off! 

To find out more about the amazing offers on all Parker Knoll furniture, pop in to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect sofa for your home.


Posted by Brian Skidmore
16th August 2017

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