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Knoll Designer Bios

Emilio Ambasz

b. Argentina, 1943

Emilio Ambasz’s design career began with his legendary studies at Princeton University, where he earned an undergraduate and master’s degree in architecture in just two years. From 1970 to 1976 he served as the Curator of Design at The Museum of Modern Art, where he was responsible for several significant installations and exhibits, including Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, and The Tax Project.

Since then, he has helped pioneer the field of green architecture, promoting sustainable, sensible and attractive modes of design and living. Working most frequently as an industrial designer, Ambasz is particularly sensitive to the human form. With his Visor stacking chair for Knoll, or any of his genre-crossing architectural works, Ambasz consistently conceives his works as extensions of nature that respond to both the user and the environment.