David Adjaye for Knoll
David Adjaye is a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. Since 1994. he has paired his ingenious use of materials with his artistic,sculptural ability to establish himself as an architect with an artist’s perspective.
The Washington Collection
Adjaye’s inaugural collaboration with Knoll began with the Washington Collection which debuted in 2013. The Collection consists of cantilevered side chairs, a club chair, an ottoman, side table and monumental coffee table.
“The design concept has been enriched by the intensely collaborative engagement and as a result, this collection challenges materiality and form in much the same way to see that work on an entirely new scale.”
Adjaye’s cast bronze coffee table illustrates this cross-over. The sculptural table is constructed of cast bronze panels that are highly polished, which is contrasted by the rough exterior.
The Adjaye Collection for KnollTextiles
In collaboration with KnollTextiles Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas, the collection displays Adjaye’s unique perspective on geometric and organic systems, which is translated through varied weave structures and print techniques.
The collection features six upholsteries, two draperies, and one wallcovering. Each pattern is named after a city in Africa cherished by Adjaye.
The upholsteries paint a picture of Africa as seen through Adjaye’s eyes, as well as drawing inspiration from his own artwork and objects in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design.
Adjaye is based in London and is currently working on projects in China, India, Ghana, and London.