Renowned architect David Adjaye OBE of Adjaye Associates released his new collection for Knoll earlier this week. The collection utilizes Adjaye’s signature architectural and sculptural background to create accessible objects for the home and office.
Ghanaian-British Adjaye is famous for designing the Elektra House in Hackney, East London; for the Noble Peace Center in Oslo and most recently the Smithsonian Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington DC and this was his first time of taking on furniture design.
He stated ‘“Firstly, I was worried because I’m not a furniture designer and I wasn’t sure I could do it. I didn’t want to embarrass myself. But no student can go through architectural school without learning about the incredible pieces Knoll has created, whether it’s Richard Meier’s designs or Frank Gehry’s seminal creations, which blurred the boundary between furniture and sculpture. If you go to the Knoll Museum in Pennsylvania you realise that displayed before your eyes is the evolution of domestic furniture since the beginning of modernism in the 20th century. Whereas many furniture companies are more about fashion and trends, Knoll is about evolution, about where it’s going in the future and also it’s about longevity.”
The collection features two cantilevered side chairs, a club chair, an ottoman, a side table and a monumental table. The side chairs and coffee table are available exclusively at the Knoll New York City Home Design Shop and knoll.com. The club chair will be introduced in 2014.
An exhibition celebrating Adjaye’s design process and architectural work is currently on display at the New York shop until October 31, 2013.