Collection by Diana Budds

David Adjaye for Knoll

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It's no wonder that Ghana-born, London-based architect David Adjaye routinely tops lists of favorite living architects and is one of the most sought after contemporary practitioners. His sensibility is subtle, expressing geometry and materials in a sculptural approach that's sensitive to context. His diverse portfolio includes public projects, cultural institutions (his firm, Adjaye Associates, was tapped to design the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture), master plans, and residences (his Sunken House appeared in a 2008 issue of Dwell). Adjaye's latest project is a collection of furniture for Knoll. We sent a few questions his way to learn more. Read the interview in the slideshow that follows and catch an exhibition of the new furniture line along with Adjaye's architectural projects at Knoll's New York home design shop at 1330 Avenue of the Americas October 2 through 31, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dwell: Your collection's release coincides with Knoll's 75th anniversary. What was it like to collaborate with a…
How did you scale your design perspective down into furniture? It wasn’t so much a ‘scaling down’. Rather than making…
Were there any particular creative challenges or opportunities creating a contemporary line for a company that's widely…
Can you tell us about the materials you used in the Washington chairs? How did the aluminum and reinforced nylon allow…
This is is your first furniture collection. Did you approach designing the pieces in the same way you do for…
Can we expect to see more furniture and products from you down the line? I hope so! I would love to have another…
Visit Knoll's home design shop at 1330 Avenue of the Americas October 2 through 31, Monday through Friday from 11:00…
Examples of Adjaye's architectural work and furniture models will be on view. Photo by: Dorothy Hong
Seen in the architectural context of its London neighborhood, the house is all the more extraordinary: compact,…
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