KnollTextiles takes (another part of) Manhattan

For early Winter 2013, KnollTextiles presents the Midtown Collection. Designed in honour of Knoll’s move from Chelsea to Midtown Manhattan, this introduction includes a lot of “steak” – foundation textiles for walls as well as upholstery, with a rich, saturated palette of clean, clear colour. Included are three fabrics from the KT Collection of affordable modern design, which were created in particular for high performance and high durability. The collection includes five new upholsteries (including six new colours for Ultrasuede) and two new wallcoverings.


Journey is the KT Collection’s interpretation of a classic bouclé fabric. This fabric has a soft hand and is made of 50 per-cent recycled polyester. Available in a wide range of 18 colours including classic mid-tones and saturated brights like pink and yellow. Exceeds 100,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek

Part of the KT Collection, Rush Hour is a subtle texture with a slight figure-eight pattern. It uses a high sheen twist yarns to create a two-tone effect. Made of 81 per cent polyester, 18 per cent acrylic, 1 per cent Nylon; exceeds 80,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek.

Another addition to the KT Collection, Commuter Cloth is a piece-dyed fabric that uses a resist yarn to create a two-toned effect – meaning that two separate yarns take on the dye differently, creating two distinct tones within a single dye bath. Made of 75 per cent post-consumer recycled content, this “new classic” comes in a range of clean, clear, saturated colours. Exceeds 70,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek

Tilden is a polyurethane upholstery that contains a subtle undulating stripe, giving it texture and dimension. Tilden is made with Cleangene technology, which means that it is stain resistant, highly durable, and bleach solution cleanable. This makes it an excellent choice for hospitality and healthcare. Exceeds 100,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek.

Six new colours round out the KnollTextile offering for 2013, making it 97 total Ultrasuede skus. Ultrasuede is an environmental all-star: benefits include multi-use, 80 per cent post-industrial recycled content, over 200,000 double rubs, and easy cleanability. It can also be used for wallcovering and wrapped acoustical panels.


The new performance wallcoverings from KnollTextiles provide a sophisticated texture as the backdrop for any room.

Express is an understated texture that seams beautifully. Made of 78 per cent recycled polyester, 22 per cent polyester, with Crypton wall finish.

Transfer uses a sophisticated twist yarn to create an elegant grasscloth-type fabric. Made of 100 per cent polyester, with Teflon soil and stain repellent.


KnollTextiles is currently under the creative direction of Dorothy Cosonas, who combines clean, clear colour with modern, elegant patterns and textures. Influenced by a passion for fine art and international fashion, Cosonas is the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold at Best of NeoCon. Her work was a major part of KnollTextiles 2011 retrospective exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center and has been accepted into the permanent collection of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Founded by Florence Knoll in 1947, KnollTextiles is a division of Knoll, Inc., and maintains a marketing and design studio at 1330 Avenue of the Americas in New York.

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