October 24, 2013
Knoll is the recipient of the World Monuments Fund 2013 Watch Award, which recognizes individual advocacy, activism, and significant achievement on behalf of heritage preservation. WMF honored Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan at the Hadrian Gala in New York City on October 22, 2013 alongside Roberto Hernández Ramírez, recipient of the 2013 Hadrian Award.
“Andrew B. Cogan and Knoll exemplify the spirit of the Watch Award. Under his leadership as Chief Executive Officer, Knoll has earned the distinction as a leading supporter of great works of twentieth century architecture and received recognition for its commitment to modern and sustainable design,” notes the World Monuments Fund. Knoll is the Founding Sponsor of World Monuments Fund’s Modernism at Risk initiative and the biennial World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.
In a recorded video message, architect David Adjaye, whose Washington Collection for Knoll™ debuted in October, presented Andrew Cogan and Knoll with the 2013 Watch Award.
Speaking of his enthusiasm for Knoll, Adjaye said: “I see that Knoll is not an abstract brand but a collection of people with a shared optimism about the power of design.”
Adjaye added: “This is made clear by Andrew’s commitment to the World Monuments Fund’s Modernism at Risk program. By advocating the preservation of historical masterpieces, he’s showing us that design is not just a commodity but part of a living history.”