Dorothy Cosonas developed an interest in design at a young age. Her grandfather was a painter and fabric merchant; her mother a calligrapher and architectural render. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she earned degrees in both fine arts and textile design, she interned at Unika Vaev under Sina Pearson, then the division's creative director. Dorothy was appointed Unika Vaev's design director of in 1994; in 1999 she became a vice president of the firm. Ms. Cosonas is now the Creative Director of both KnollTextiles and Knoll Luxe. Her work is highly influenced by her passion for fine art and international fashion. Dorothy is known for combining clean, clear color with modern, elegant patterns and textures.