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    • Approved for outdoor use
    • Molded 100% recycled polyethylene stones with integral color, a light texture and a low gloss finish
    • Due to recycled content, black specs can be seen on the surface of the stone
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    Maya Lin: “Before I began designing a single piece of this line, I did a significant amount of research and realized that the furniture with which we are familiar is derived primarily from a Western European tradition. My husband collects pre-Columbian art, and has several stone metate, ancient thrones which have slightly concave tops; he also has some porcelain pillows from China. These non-Western objects struck me as profoundly beautiful, and they became the inspiration for my designs.

    “At the heart of this furniture collection for Knoll is my love for the land, which can be traced back to my childhood in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. It goes back to a childhood fascination we all have—that moment when you discover that the earth is round…and you walk around trying to see that curve.

    “In the Knoll furniture, as in everything else I create, I am trying to engage the viewer, to get their attention. It is my way of gently encouraging people to see the world in a different light… It is very important for me, as both a sculptor and designer, that the collection walks a line between art and design, that it plays the middle ground. This way of working follows the legacy of Knoll and its roots in the Bauhaus — which really did combine and cross borders.”

    Frequently cited as a benchmark of modern cross-national design, Maya Lin's work draws influence from Japanese gardens, American Indian earthen mounds, her parents, and her architectural design training at Yale University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees. While at Yale, Lin was awarded first place for her design of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. The sublimely simple design was a radical departure from the more traditional war memorials popular at the time, earning her national recognition and marking the beginning of her distinguished career as a designer of memorials and public spaces.

    Lin’s work is recognized for a keen sense of simple, elegant beauty with clear inspirations from nature. These elements were gracefully displayed in her designs for Knoll, which were commissioned in celebration of the company’s sixtieth anniversary. Reflecting on the concept behind the collection, Lin explained: “At the heart of this furniture collection for Knoll is my love for the land, which can be traced back to my childhood in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. It goes back to a childhood fascination we all have — that moment when you discover that the earth is round…and you walk around trying to see that curve.”