In its Saturday edition, the Boston Globe featured a Child’s Stone by Maya Lin for Knoll as part of a spread on brightly-hued furnishings for the family room. Along with Lin’s Adult Stone and Coffee Table, the Child’s Stone was introduced in celebration of Knoll’s sixtieth anniversary in 1998.
The collection of Stones, which can be used as stools or tables, results from Lin’s sustained intrigue with non-Western art. “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,” she reflected. “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.”
With the elliptical bodies and subtly dipped surfaces of the Stones, Lin’s furniture for Knoll might appear lighthearted in form, but its confident minimalism disguises a profound appreciation of the elements that inspired it. Made of recycled materials and suited for both indoor and outdoor use, the Child’s Stone brings notions of planetary expansiveness into the playroom.
“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,” the designer said. “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.”