Co.Design and Dwell Celebrate the Washington Collection for Knoll™ by David Adjaye

Fast Co.Design and Dwell Celebrate David Adjaye's Washington Collection for Knoll™, the Architect's Inaugural Furniture Collection that Debuted October 1.

October 04, 2013

Fast Co.Design, the design blog that shares inspiring stories about innovation and business seen through the lens of design, celebrates architect David Adjaye's new collection of cantilevered side chairs, coffee table, lounge chairs and side table.

Adjaye’s Washington Collection for Knoll™ currently includes the Washington Skin™ chair, the Washington Skeleton™ chair and the Washington Corona™ Coffee Table. A lounge chair and side table will also be introduced in 2014. The new designs from Adjaye continues the Knoll tradition of working with leading designers on furniture for the home and office.

Knoll "has historically worked with celebrated architects, such as Frank Gehry," writes Fast Co.Design's Margaret Rhodes. In addition to the Washington Collection™ the "Tools for Life" Collection, designed by OMA, debuted at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan earlier this year.

"The engineering required to create a sturdy foundation, the freedom in envisioning a new structural form, the human interaction--it has a lot in common with designing buildings," Rhodes continues.

Commenting on working with Adjaye, Knoll design director Benjamin Pardo told Co.Design, "Something that always attracted me was his [Adjaye’s] use of different types of materials.”

"That play on light occurs spectacularly in Adjaye’s Skeleton chair," writes Rhodes.

“It becomes a whole other chair when the light is coming through,” Pardo adds.

Dwell online, a blog devoted to modern architecture and design, also celebrates the Washington Collection for Knoll™, calling Adjaye’s sensibility “subtle, and praising his use of “geometry and materials in a sculptural approach that's sensitive to context.”

The collection’s release, which coincides with the Knoll 75 anniversary, conveys Adjaye’s “position in terms of materials, silhouettes and forms.”

“While I have previously designed objects—I have never worked on production furniture. It is very different. Furniture can be everywhere and used by everyone, unthinkingly in their daily lives—it is a background. There is something very powerful and very rewarding about that,” Adjaye tells Dwell.

To create the collection he “tried to respond honestly to a moment in time."

"By doing this, I hope the chairs will have a relevance well into the future,” he says.

“Even the ‘classics’ are true to their own time—this is what gives them an enduring quality and an integrity that withstands fashion,” he continues.

The Collection will be on display at the Knoll Home Design Shop through October 31 alongside a display of David Adjaye’s architectural works. The Knoll Shop is located at 1330 Avenue of the Americas and open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 7:0pm and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Washington Skeleton™ Aluminum Side Chair
Washington Skin™ Nylon Chair
Washington Corona™ Bronze Coffee Table