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July 08, 2009

Knoll Archival Textiles

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KnollTextiles once again returns to its rich history of modern textile design with its latest collection of four upholstery and drapery fabrics. Creative director Dorothy Cosonas, inspired by KnollTextiles’ extensive archives, reinterpreted classic fabrics, giving them a contemporary twist. The Archival Collection was originally introduced two years ago as part of the 60th anniversary of KnollTextiles.

German designer Wolf Bauer created Nova, 1969, as part of a group of drapery fabrics that married organic patterns with classic modernism. While influenced by the trends of the colorful and graphic pop art movement from the 60s, Nova, a large scale three color drapery print, has a more timeless appeal. Nova comes in two colorways including a blue that pays homage to Bauer’s original. It is printed on 100% Trevira CS polyester, 56” wide.

Suzanne Huguenin was a strong contributor to KnollTextiles, first as a designer, and then as design director from 1955-1964. She originally created this drapery fabric in 1963. Bold and colorful, the pattern is printed in repeats of four, one-foot wide horizontal bands of color. When railroaded, it runs vertically up to 118” in height. Made of 100% Trevira CS polyester in four colorways.

Plain Linen
This fabric, which was designed under the creative direction of Florence Knoll in 1953, is an example of how Knoll steered away from the prevailing textile language of the day – brocades, chintz and the like – and turned to simple men’s suiting for modern inspiration. Made of 97% linen with 3% polyurethane on the face.

A classic Knoll fabric in the line from 1974-1978, Cornaro – as it was originally named – remains a classic today. This textured solid is composed of 75% wool with 20% silk and 5% nylon. When piece dyed, the silk takes on a slightly contrasting tone for a subtle heather effect.

About KnollTextiles
KnollTextiles is a division of Knoll, Inc., maintains a marketing and design studio at 76 Ninth Avenue, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011. For distribution and customer information, call 866-565-KTKT or

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