KnollTextiles Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas, center, with designer Tim deFiebre, right, and Dwell Senior Editor Aileen Kwun on May 13, 2016.
Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles, and her husband Tim deFiebre, furniture designer, gave a talk hosted by designjunction and Dwell on Design at NYCxDESIGN 2016. The event, titled "Living Up to Legacies: Design Work by Dorothy Cosonas and Tim deFiebre," took place on Friday, May 13 at the designjunction + Dwell on Design community hub at Artbeam in Manhattan. The conversation was curated and led by Aileen Kwun, design critic and senior editor at Dwell.
Cosonas and deFiebre discussed the process of developing a distinct design voice and visual language, beginning with their respective experiences working with formidable mentors Sina Pearson and Ward Bennett. Cosonas began her career as an assistant to Sina Pearson, the designer and founder of Sina Pearson Textiles, while Pearson was creative director of Unika Vaev.
The couple also discussed what it means to practice as professional stewards of modern legacies, and how that position has influenced their individual approaches to design and the creative process.
Cosonas was named the 11th Creative Director of KnollTextiles in 2005 and founded KnollLuxe, the fashion-forward component of KnollTextiles, in 2008. Her award-winning work is influenced by her training in fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
"Living Up to Legacies" took place on one of three days of talks curated by Dwell editors. The collaboration between Dwell on Design and UK-based design exhibitor designjunction weas the first such collaboration at NYCxDESIGN. Now in its fourth year, NYCxDESIGN brings together members of the design, manufacturing, and cultural communities around exhibitions, installations, education programs, and open studios.