September 3, 2013
The Washington Collection for Knoll™, a new collection of chairs and a coffee table by architect David Adjaye debuts in the October 2013 issue of Architectural Digest. In an interview at the new Knoll New York showroom in midtown Manhattan, Adjaye introduces the collection, which includes Washington Skeleton™, an aluminum side chair; Washington Skin™, a nylon side chair; and Washington Corona™, a limited-edition bronze coffee table.
The introduction coincides with the Knoll 75th anniversary, and continues the Knoll tradition of working with leading designers and architects to “add to its pedigreed offerings," notes Architectural Digest writer, Samuel Cochran.
“When they [Knoll] said they wanted me to design a chair, I couldn’t really believe it,” said Adjaye, who designed the forthcoming Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
He continues, “I realized it wasn’t about making a product, it was about expressing my position – the materials, silhouettes and forms that interest me.”
The Washington Skeleton™ is defined by fine geometric lattice design that is simultaneously functional and sculptural.
The aluminum chair, available with either a powder coat paint finish or with a signature copper plating that will naturally patina over time, is “a riff on Victorian cast-iron garden furniture which looks great more than a century later.”
The Washington Corona™, the collection’s limited-edition coffee table, features a rough, dull finish with a reflective, polished interior.
To mark the Knoll 75th anniversary, only 75 the Washington Corona™ coffee tables will be made. Each piece will be numbered and come with a bronze miniature that serves as a commemorative signature plate.
Customers and designers can register at knoll.com to be the first to place their order when the collection goes on sale in October. The Washington Collection™ for Knoll will be available exclusively online at knoll.com and at the Knoll Home Design Shop in New York City.