Knoll Textiles, 1945 – 2010
This soon-to-close exhibition looks at the individuals and ideas that helped shape KnollTextiles.
Among her many innovations, Florence Knoll introduced padded and tufted upholstered chair seats without armrests, so that space flowed effortlessly around them, and custom-colored curtains to compensate for the unnatural quality of the new fluorescent lights. In this lecture, Christine Gorby will explore how Florence Knoll reconceptualized the use of textiles as integral architectural elements within the modern interior and in the context of dynamic social and technological changes.
Christine Gorby is an architect and associate professor of architecture, Pennsylvania State University, College of Arts and Architecture.
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Tajima has envisioned a dynamic, architectural installation that explores the structure and language of painting as well as complicates the institutional history of displaying objects in a gallery. A video projection, a painting rack, double-sided paintings on wheels, and freestanding lamps, alongside wall-mounted paintings are brought together in the installation.
This exhibition includes more than 200 sketches and objects by industrial designer Dieter Rams, as well as contemporary designs inﬂuenced by his Ten Principles of Good Design, such as Apple computers.
The exhibition will feature the work of Sonia Delaunay (1885 – 1979), including her designs for textiles and fashion in the 1920s through the 1940s, when she was intensively exploring the relationship between fabrics and contemporary art in terms of movement and color. Among the more than 300 works on view are garments and textiles, with correlating designs, fashion illustrations and period photographs.
The exhibition will showcase exceptional tribal rugs, ethnographic textiles, decorative arts, pottery, modern crafts, basketry & books chosen by Mr. Larsen himself. There will be 50+ items available ranging from $400 to $13,000 in price. Some of these valuable items include a Quilted Silk Hanging fabricated by Larsen for the Sears Tower, a Quilted Silk Robe from Uzbekistan and line with Russian printed cotton purchased in Afghanistan in the 1970s among many other timeless pieces.
Jack Lenor Larsen is a world-renowned innovator in fabric design and its technologies whose colors, materials and weaves established the standards for superlative modern textiles and have become synonymous with modern 20th century design at its pinnacle of style and sophistication. More than a
weaver, Mr. Larsen is a scholar, world traveler, and an authority on traditional and contemporary crafts. Mr. Larsen is most recently known for LongHouse Reserve, the extraordinary gallery, garden and sculpture park he founded in East Hampton.
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The Internet has undoubtedly transformed the world we live in; its unprecedented access to and layering of information lead to greater interaction and engagement, and a complex understanding of our place in the world. However, this innovative method of accumulating and remixing data is also occurring across the fields of architecture and design. A fluid exchange between these disciplines—fueled by advances in production processes, materials research, social and environmental concerns, and influences drawn from scientific and biological research—is resulting in new attitudes to architecture and design that are opening up these subject areas and stretching their range of influence.