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When we get the opportunity to hear from leaders in our industry, we jump at the chance. Last week, our designers had the privilege of attending a presentation by Karen Edwards, president of KnollTextiles. Edwards’ talk titled “Girl Power,” provided the many women designers present a look into her background and insight into her very successful career in the contract furniture industry. Edwards honored her father as her personal hero and spoke of the valued mentors who have encouraged and challenged her throughout her career.

Our designers learned six key points from Edwards’ presentation and discussion of her career journey:

1. Cherish History
2. Be a Leader
3. Break Free
4. Set Goals
5. Learn from Mistakes
6. Fight for yourself

About Karen Edwards
Edwards is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and later worked as a professor at the university. Her best advice for her audience? Keep reading. An avid reader, Edwards confessed that although the last book she read may not have been her favorite, she was glad she read it, as reading provides the opportunity for constant growth and learning.

After leaving University of Texas, Edwards worked as the National Sales Manager for Bernhardt Design, before moving to Waterworks as Senior Vice President. She remained at Waterworks until she was asked to be president of KnollTextiles in 2008. Since 2008, Knoll has introduced a number of exciting textiles products and options, including: Knoll Luxe, Irma Boom, FilzFelt and the KT Collection.

Knoll Luxe
Knoll Luxe was conceived as a high-end textile option using premium materials. Fashion-forward textiles designed by Dorothy Cosonas inspired by the minimalist style of Florence Knoll. Speaking of fashion, Knoll Luxe has partnered with noteworthy designers: SUNO, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler, and that is just the beginning! Some of the Luxe textiles were directly inspired from a piece of the designers’ collection and are literally bringing the runway to interiors!

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Irma Boom
In September 2013, KnollTextiles announced the introduction of Stripes, a collection of upholstery, drapery and wallcovering by renowned Dutch graphic and book designer, Irma Boom, in collaboration with the KnollTextiles design team. The collection is based on two of her books of stripes: Colour (Kleur) Based on Art, 2005 and Colour Based on Nature, 2012.

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FilzFelt
Knoll acquired FilzFelt in February of 2012, purveyors of German-milled 100 percent wool design felt used for floor coverings and architectural applications for residential, hospitality and contract office furniture markets. With 58 colors and five thicknesses, FilzFelt is an important addition to the Knoll family.

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KT Collection
The KT Collection is dubbed “affordable modern design.” Part of the overall KnollTextiles offering, all of the fabrics in the collection are priced between $19 and $35 per yard. Filled with classic and modern solids, textures, and patterns, the KT Collection utilizes the same criterion of the full collection, but at a great price point.

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KnollTextiles is a valuable division of the overall Knoll product offerings. We love introducing our clients to the beautiful, vibrant and textures of the various KnollTextiles collections!