There are only so many resource books and magazines a designer can save, but “Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010″ surely is one to keep. Knoll is still one of the great modern furniture and textile resources today, so this historical perspective of those beginning years is the basis for today’s trends.
Most interestingly, the publication details not only the textile production, but also photography and graphics for the ads, brochures and fabric swatches for Knoll textiles. A lot of this material has never been seen before and it shows the visual story behind the design.
Eric Martin, the editor of the new book wrote in the introduction, “Until now, only a small number of publications have touched upon the aspects of Knoll textile production or have profiled a few of its textile designers.” Part of this new recognition is because Florence Knoll (then Bassett in 1958) has become increasingly noted by art historians and critics over the past years.
Part of Florence Knoll’s influence is the branding and promotional efforts that were mostly designed by her team of women in the late 40s and early 50s. These materials were successfully targeted to architects and interior designers.
Barbara Schmidt, bstyle, inc., is a nationally recognized interior designer and author whose work is featured in numerous publications, social media and television.