Walter Knoll has the ambition of designing living spaces. The history of the furniture family spread throughout the world began in 1865 with a leather business in Stuttgart: Wilhelm Knoll, the originator of the Knoll dynasty, opened the doors of his "Leder Geschäft" (leather business) on 6 June 1865. The leather goods and the upholstered furniture of Wilhelm Knoll are distinguished by top-class craftsmanship. "Knoll Leder" becomes the trademark, and the ruling house of Württemberg honours Wilhelm Knoll as "Purveyor to the Royal Court". The company repeatedly set benchmarks in the history of design, created classics and icons of the avantgarde.
Since the end of the last century, the company has grown continually, has increased its output twelvefold, and is today one of the leading manufacturers in the international high-end interiors segment, and this for both the private and the office segments. In cooperation with renowned architects and designers, including Norman Foster and PearsonLloyd from the United Kingdom, EOOS from Austria, Ben van Berkel from the Netherlands, Kengo Kuma from Japan, as well as Claudio Bellini from Italy, furniture and installations are created for buildings around the world, for corporate offices, social and public buildings, as well as for brand worlds. Decors in properties extend from the European Central Bank in Frankfurt to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi-Arabia, from the restaurant in Stockholm to the conference room in Tokyo, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and banks in Dubai to the Hearst Building in New York. However, the quality products of the company based in the south of Stuttgart are also a brand found in family homes. More than 130 international design awards in the last 20 years demonstrate the design competence of the company. The furniture family Benz bought the Walter Knoll company in 1993. Markus Benz, the oldest son, has since managed the business.