Published on : Friday, September 28, 2018
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of KnollTextiles, Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas delved into the archives, searching for classic textural solid textiles that might be adapted for today’s market. Commenting on the design process, she says, “My team and I studied multiple archives and worked with various mills to reinterpret the colors, structure and materials of these textiles. Our 70th anniversary was a great opportunity to revisit and reinvigorate product from past decades adding even more choice of KnollTextiles for today’s specifier.”
The Signature Collection includes upholstery fabrics Alter Ego, Feeling Plaid and Little Devil. These three patterns are based on multiple archives dating back to 1947. In addition, Vibe II polyurethane upholstery was launched with a fresh palette and enhanced performance attributes, while ten new colors were added to the popular upholstery/panel fabric Crossroad. KnollTextiles continues to build the 24/7 line of made in the USA high performance woven polyethylene wallcoverings with the launch of Archer II and Alloy.
Alter Ego is based on multiple archives including a 1947 textural solid designed by Toni Prestini, Suzanne Huguenin’s Knoll Nylon Homespun (1965) and Executive Tweed (1968). From sheep to loom, Alter Ego is 100% American wool upholstery. An artisanal process blends up to 6 unique colors of wool fiber to create the multidimensional and heathered yarns used in the upholstery. A final finishing process creates a soft luster and hand. Alter Ego is offered in 20 colors!
Feeling Plaid is inspired by archival fabrics Bourette (1973) and Accord (1984). This is a fun and chic large-scale full repeat pattern. The dynamic mixture of colors in Feeling Plaid is achieved with a custom loom set up where 5 colors of wool and 5 colors of rayon are used in both the warp and weft directions. The split of rayon and wool create a beautiful balance of matte (wool) and luster (rayon) in the upholstery.
Little Devil is an interpretation of Marianne Strengell’s 1951 upholstery Devil. This allover texture has a super soft hand created by using boucle and chenille in the warp and weft directions. The pallet has been brought up to date with 12 clean clear colors.
Vibe II offers the same beauty as the original Vibe polyurethane upholstery plus enhanced performance attributes. Vibe II is bleach cleanable, finished to be ink and denim dye resistant and passes 7-week hydrolysis. We kept the most popular colors of Vibe and added new colors to refresh the palette for Vibe II.
Crossroad now has 10 additional color choices for a grand total of 24! This popular upholstery/ panel fabric has a unique weave structure that gives it a dry hand with a rich wool look.
Archer II and Alloy are domestically manufactured high performance woven polyethylene wallcoverings. As part of the 24/7 line, they are PVC free, durable, bleach cleanable and competitively priced.
Archer II is a direct glue wallcovering with vertical stripes plus texture.
Alloy is a new and unique 24/7 pattern for direct glue or wrapped panel application. It has all the performance and cleanability attributes of other 24/7 products with an added hint of sparkle from a metallic polyester yarn. The sparkle yarn is exclusive from the mill to KnollTextiles.