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Knoll Featured in the 2017 Wired Gear Issue

Washington Prism Lounge Chair and HiLo land a spot among Wired's chosen best gear

Both the Washington Prism™ Lounge Chair by David Adjaye and HiLo by Seth Murray and Bret Recor were featured in the 2017 Wired gear guide. The Wiredgear guide is an annual compilation of the latest and greatest gear broken down into seven categorizes: create, work, drive, play, relax, move, and cook. The Washington Prism was listed under the "relax" category, while the HiLo was listed under the "work" category.

Of the Washington Prism Lounge Chair, Wired noted, "The angular Prism chair, upholstered in a wool blend over molded foam, is aesthetically striking yet shockingly comfy." Adjaye's Prism Chair transforms his architectural and sculptural vision into elegantly poised and contemporary objects for the home. Every side of Adjaye's design is meant to be seen, forming new lines and a constant engagement with the user.

Existing in the in-between world of sitting and standing, HiLo is a small, simple, and playful perch that will change the way you work. The perch keeps you balanced between active and relaxed, fun and functional, sitting and standing. Wired commented, "you can take it along on lunch break, hold pup-up meetings in the hallway, introduce a new angle, and lean in."

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Knoll Classics Featured in GQ Style

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From Knoll: 

A recent article from GQ Style lists what the publication believes to be the 12 most iconic chairs of all time. Among that list, Knoll took 4 of the 12 spots - well deserved ones in the eyes of the greater public. On the list, GQ featured Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair, Platner's Arm Chair, Saarinen's Tulip Chair, and Breuer's Cesca Chair. Brad Dunning, a GQ writer, aptly noted, "a successful chair represents more than the marriage of form and function - it rises to the level of art." The Knoll pieces featured by GQ are indeed works of art, "total" works of art and their designers true artist.

The chairs by Mies van der Rohe, Platner, Saarinen, and Breuer are mere perfect symphonies of painting, industrial design, graphic design, and architecture. As Dunning pointed out, many of the designers on the GQ list were principally architects, meaning the exercise of designing a chair often required the right balance of innovation and practicality. The featured Knoll pieces illustrate Dunning's point. A Barcelona Chair finds its graceful curves from a functional cantilevered X structural base. Similarly, Saarinen wanted to get rid of the clutter that was the four legs of a traditional chair. However, the weight of a sitter still had to be evenly supported. The solution was one that rendered such technical consideration with one of the first single-legged chairs.

The chosen Knoll classics have earned a well-deserved spot among the most iconic chairs of all time. They have all stood the test of time, proving that less is truly more and that Modern design continues to fill the homes we inhabit today. Saarinen, Mies, Platner, Breuer, and a few other of Knoll's power players haven't just created a museum-worthy chair, but have pushed the limits of design, asking the right questions, ones we continue to answer today.

 

Barrie Loberg of DIRTT Named One of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business 2017

From DIRTT: 

Barrie Loberg, co-founder of DIRTT and developer of ICE® software, is named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business for 2017!

“What our Most Creative People coverage reveals each year is just how broad and rich an impact business can have, regardless of any external economic and political conditions. There are always amazing things going on, if you pick your head up to notice them.” – Robert Safian, Fast Company

The list was revealed online May 15, 2017 and the magazine hits stands May 23, 2017. Fast Company's Most Creative People list was introduced in 2009 and quickly became one of their most esteemed franchises. Each year, the Fast Co magazine editors present an all-new list of 100, chosen according to a proprietary methodology. In Fast Co's words, the resulting ultra-competitive list represents highly accomplished, dynamic individuals whose work and ideas are driving the world forward.