Treatment FOCUS: Four Large Knoll Posters
In 1972, the Louvre installed a unique design exhibition. Dozens of rolling Plexiglas and polished steel cubes housed individual pieces of furniture. The entryway to the 45-foot tall exhibition space was dominated by a huge, three-dimensional logo spelling out a single word: Knoll. The show was a celebration of the design firm’s first 25 years. The exhibition solidified Knoll’s place in the design world, signaling that the company and its now-iconic logo were a big name in design—both figuratively and literally.
Over 40 years later, Knoll, Inc. brought four of the large posters that advertised the exhibition to CCAHA for treatment. Designed by Massimo Vignelli, the posters form the Knoll logo when placed next to one another. CCAHA Kress Fellow Brook Prestowitz assessed the posters and prepared condition reports. Each poster had minor surface soil and accretions. The edges were tattered and had numerous small tears and losses in the printed media due to abrasion. They were framed in metallic poster frames with acrylic glazing and no mats.