Warren Platner (1919)

American Architect and designer, born Baltimore, MD; active in the United States.


After earning an architecture degree from Cornell, Platner worked for several of the premier architects and designers of the day, including Eero Saarinen, Raymond Loewy and I.M. Pey. The sophistication of his training left him well-positioned to open his own studio, Platner Associates, in North Haven, CT in 1967. It quickly became an important architecture and design practice, turning out an impressive array of buildings, furniture, textiles, lighting and interiors.

But even by the late 1950´s - well before opening a firm of his own - Platner had begun to make a noise in the design world: Backed by a Graham Foundation grant, he worked to develop his own unique line of furniture; it included tables, chairs and ottomans. Platner´s pieces sat atop cylindrical bases, which were composed of hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of thin steel wires, carefully positioned to create a moir√© effect. Known as the Platner Collection, it was released in 1966 by Knoll. Acclaimed for its lightness of scale and playful, adept juxtaposition of positive and negative space, it remains his most recognizable contribution to furniture design.

Platner also went on to plan a number of significant interiors, executing them with a rare discipline and cohesion. These include the Georg Jensen Design Center, and also the Windows on the World restaurant at New York´s World Trade Center, for which he created textiles and lighting.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art featured Platner´s work in it´s important 1983 exhibition, Design Since 1945.

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