Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design, spoke with David Rockwell on a special Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, during NeoCon in Chicago. The editor and designer discussed working with Knoll and designing Rockwell Unscripted, as well as his recent Tony Award for set design for "She Loves Me."
"You represent how to find the thing that you're most passionate about and believe that that can be something," Allen said of David Rockwell.
He responded: "I think designers really have the ability to change the world."
Speaking in front of a wireframe table from the new collection, Rockwell described Rockwell Unscripted, which supports people finding that "spark" in the workplace, as one example of "finding the things that you love, and working those into your work."
The collection is "based on an idea you know I love, which is serendipity," Rockwell told Allen. "There is ample design for the most iconic chair in the world. So I knew with Knoll, they have that covered. And there's a lot of great conference rooms. But I'm interested in everything in between...[and] the notion of performance."
Allen's conversation with Rockwell was her second live broadcast covering Knoll at NeoCon 2016. On Monday, she spoke with KnollTextiles Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas about The Odyssey Collection, which launches in July and previewed at NeoCon this week. Cosonas, who received the IIDA Titan Award this year, was inspired by an heirloom rug that was hand-woven by Greek nuns in 1913 for her grandmother's dowry.
The Interior Design Facebook Livestream featured Knoll furnishings, including a Saarinen Table and Platner Arm Chairs, as well as a wireframe table from Rockwell Unscripted.
Facebook Livestream: David Rockwell and Cindy Allen
David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group, appears at minute 59.
Interior Design also featured Rockwell Unscripted on Tuesday in a web story. The piece begins: "Hospitality guru—and Tony Award-winning set designer—David Rockwell mines his theatrical background in creating a modular collection of office furnishings (his first ever!) befitting a central premise: the workplace is a stage where the scene should change effortlessly according to the task at hand."
The same day, Interior Design included The Architectural Research Office Collection by FilzFelt, a Knoll brand, in "3 Headlining Products for Tuesday." Architectural Research Office—the acclaimed design firm responsible for Knoll showrooms in New York City, San Francisco and, most recently, in Houston—designed customizable systems for FilzFelt. Composed of 100% Design Wool Felt, the custsomizable systems include ARO Block, an acoustically absorptive felt wall finish composed of small modules that can be easily installed directly to existing wall surfaces.