New From Knoll: David Adjaye Collection for KnollTextiles

Architecture & Interiors

Adjaye Knoll Textiles

David Adjaye, the award-winning, African-born architect, can now add ‘Textile Designer’ to his growing list of designations—one that includes professorships (at Harvard and Princeton), and an OBE (Order of the British Empire). Adjaye’s second collaboration with Knoll—his first was the Washington Collection of chairs and tables—is a newly launched suite of textiles, each bearing patterns and colorways informed by Adjaye’s native continent. The Adjay Collection for KnollTextiles features upholstery and drapery fabrics, in addition to wall coverings, and is a rich and textured collection which Adjaye says was inspired by “memories that I have of places that I really love.”

David Adjaye Djenne Fabric for KnollTextiles

Djenne Upholstery Fabric by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

Born in Tanzania of Ghanian parents, Adjaye had a peripatetic childhood—traversing Yemen and Lebanon, in addition to Egypt and Tanzania, before settling in London—and the Adjaye Collection reflects his singular global identity. Each of the 9 featured textiles that comprise the Adjaye Collection is named for a city that resonates with the architect, while the patterns and textures invoke both the visual and tactile qualities of traditional African textiles and crafts.  Djenne for instance, an upholstery fabric, is named for a city in Mali, and replicates the texture of raffia and wool used to weave a man’s cap.

Adjay Collection Kumasi Drapery Fabric for KnollTextiles

Kumasi Drapery Fabric by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

In addition to his personal recollections and experiences, Adjaye also found inspiration in the permanent collection of African textiles and objects at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, where, coincidentally, his guest-curated show of textiles from West and Central Africa remains on exhibit through early next year. Kumasi, an ethereal  drapery fabric with digitally printed geometric motif, borrows its pattern from an Adinkra Wrapper, a shawl in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s permanent collection.

David Adjaye KnollTextiles Collection

Adjaye Collection by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

The Adjaye Collection for KnollTextiles includes Meroe, a finely rendered geometric motif, created via a complex weaving process that results in a graphic pattern that appears to be hand drawn.

David Adjaye Harare Wall Coverings for KnollTextiles

Harare Wallcoverings by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

Harare, a printed wall covering inspired by Adrinka wrappers—shawls traditionally worn at West African funerals—is available in 8 colorways, and fools the eye with the kind of richly textured patterning usually found in woven wall coverings.

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Aswan Upholsterey Fabric by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

Named for the southern Egyptian region, Aswan is a subtle, digitally printed pattern that carries the ambience of that geographic area, but is based on a Kente cloth-inspired art piece by David Adjaye.

KnollTextiles Adjay Collection Kampala Upholstery Fabric

Kampala Upholstery Fabric by David Adjaye for KnollTextiles

A traditional woven African cap from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection informs Kampala, a highly tactile upholstery, presented in 7 different colorways.

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1 Comment

  1. Vorzimmer Planen Gerhard

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Really fine and nice textiles and fabrics. The colours are warm, modern and perfect for the hall for chairs, or for the livingroom for noble seating furniture

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