Anchored by bold abstract patterns, KnollTextiles debuted the Decennium collection to feature a fresh lineup of upholstery, drapery, wallcovering, and panel fabrics. Vivid impressionistic imagery and dimensional shapes define the aesthetic of the collection, which was catalyzed by the start of a new decade. Shepherded by Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas, KnollTextiles produces timeless and technically advanced materials in the Modernist tradition with a mindful approach to design that involves dedicated material research. “Inspiration is a constant conversation in the design studio,” says Cosonas. “For the Decennium collection, we started to gather materials and research numerous ideas to create storyboards that include fiber art, tactile knits, and dimensional forms found in nature.”
Floressence and Entwine
Evoking ethereal and feathery cloud formations, Floressence is an upholstery fabric that showcases a sweeping, sinuous pattern of balanced and bold hues stretched across its every inch. “Floressence is a truly unique, all over, large-scale, multicolor patterned upholstery digitally printed on a ribbed velvet ground cloth,” says Cosonas. Creating a layer of surface interest, the ribbed velvet ground acts as the base cloth for the digitally printed pattern, while allowing hints of skillfully placed and perfectly poised hues to peek through. Floressence features a soft hand that belies the fabric’s defined durability of 100,000 double rubs.
Composed of a combination of fine polyester and high denier cotton yarns in both the warp and weft, Entwine complements its upholstery counterpart with a paired down pattern balanced by big dimension with a knit-like weave structure. “Entwine is an upholstery that moves the idea of simple small-scale weave to a deeper level of dimension with a yarn that appears to literally float on the fabric surface,” says Cosonas. “The use of over 60 percent cotton allows for a soft, sophisticated hand, while a soil- and stain-resistant finish and high durability at 100,000 double rubs makes Entwine suitable for all types of furniture and environments.”
High Performing Properties: Cross Tech and Chameleon
Approved for both upholstery and wrapped panel use, Cross Tech is a technical knit. With a honeycomb configuration that conveys a modern, techy appeal with lots of dimension, Cross Tech is stain-resistant and can withstand high-abrasion. It is acoustically neutral to accommodate multiple applications, including pairings with acoustic substrates or even for use as speaker covers.
Chameleon is a luminous performance polyurethane regarded for its radiant color, which comes from a ground pigment print. “It is solvent free, blending a proprietary polycarbonate polyurethane resin with a small percentage of silicone, creating a high-performance structure that is soft to the touch,” says Cosonas. With ink and denim dye resistance, Chameleon is bleach cleanable with high durability—achieving 250,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek and 15-week hydrolysis.
Dazzle and Zone Drapery
“Drapery continues to be a key tool for adding privacy, warmth, and acoustic properties within an interior,” says Cosonas. “Dazzle and Zone are the latest additions to this category.” Dazzle is a semi-sheer drapery woven in a 100-percent Trevira CS polyester base cloth. A careful and clever combination of craftsmanship and technology takes Dazzle to the next level. The face of the fabric is lightly laminated to lend a subtle luster and alluring sheen, while the back retains a dry appearance. With a double width and dry natural hand, Zone is an acoustic drapery that absorbs up to 40 percent of the sound energy that contacts the material when tested at 100-percent fullness. Zone maintains a dry crisp hand with the appearance of natural fiber.
Decennium also features a trio of timeless wallcoverings, including two type II vinyl wallcoverings—Billow and Debut—and Mystique, which is a woven wallcovering made with plastic water and soda bottles. Inspired by chunky, open-knit structures, Billow features a two-tone, all-over organic pattern in a midsized scale, with a vertical emboss that ads structure and visual intrigue. Alluding to the appearance of a dupioni silk with natural slubs, Debut is created with two colors and an emboss. With a subtle sparkle and tactile texture, Mystique is a woven wallcovering that maintains a sophisticated surface interest created by a play between the wet and dry appearance of its yarns. “The simple weave structure is elevated by combining a high-luster yarn with a matte polyester yarn to give Mystique just a hint of sheen,” says Cosonas.
Striking that elusive balance between beauty and function, the Decennium collection ushers in a new decade with nine nuanced products.