Chilean-American designer Maria Cornejo has joined forces with Knoll Luxe for a new line of upholstery and drapery products, making this Knoll Luxe’s fourth collaboration with a fashion house. Cornejo and the Knoll Luxe team held an event on December 17, 2014, to celebrate and showcase the full line of upholstery and drapery, which consists of four upholsteries and two draperies.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a preeminent designer,” says KnollTextiles Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas. “I have been an admirer of Maria’s work for so long, and it was an honor to create this collection with her.”
The collection was inspired by rich, eclectic patterns, and features a combination of modern, urban, and international design influences.
The four upholstery fabrics all include strong, bold designs and colors. Metallic Gloss is based on a runway piece that was featured in Cornejo’s 2013 Fall/Winter collection. Featuring intricate weaving, the upholstery is 56 percent viscose, 30 percent cotton, 8 percent linen, and 6 percent polyurethane.
Ita—which is Cornejo’s grandmother’s name—is based on a pattern from Cornejo’s 2014 Spring/Summer collection. The upholstery is 100 percent wool and resembles a Santiago blanket.
Featuring saturated ground with surface-weave detail, Tara has handmade quality, depth, and texture. Tara resembles a garment from Cornejo’s 2012 Pre-Fall collection and is made from 100 percent cotton.
Drawing inspiration from Cornejo’s personal photography, Digi Velvet resembles blurred images from her stored iPhone photos. This upholstery is made from 83 percent cotton and 17 percent polyester.
The two draperies include warm, Earthy tones. Big Fringe is made of 100 percent trevira cs polyester and based on two garments from Cornejo’s 2012 Pre-Fall collection, which were made of silk threads that evoked feathers.
Cloud was inspired by a Gerhardt Richter exhibition and resembles a dress from Cornejo’s 2013 Pre-Fall collection. Cloud also mimics an original photo of blurred dancers and is made from 100 percent linen.