Florence Knoll Bassett, designer who transformed corporate offices, dies at 101

Florence Knoll Bassett, an enormously influential architect and designer who changed the look and feel of corporate offices with a “total design” concept through open floor plans, spare, straight-edged desks and furnishings and a devotion to aesthetic simplicity, died Jan. 25 at her home in Coral Gables, Florida. She was 101.

Her death was confirmed by David Bright, a spokesman for Knoll International, the design and furniture company she once led.

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