April 28, 2011

Suzanne Tick and Hazel Siegel: Material Thinking
Moderated by Matilda McQuaid
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BGC, 38 West 86th Street
$20.00 General Admission
$15.00 Students and Seniors

Textile designers Suzanne Tick and Hazel Siegel both served as creative directors at KnollTextiles where each made important contributions to the stylistic and technical range of textiles. In this conversation, the designers will talk about the innovative work that they did for Knoll—how it informed, or remained independent of their current work in the studio—and their role in educating a new generation of designers.

Suzanne Tick is the head of Suzanne Tick, Inc. From 1997 to 2005, she was
creative director of KnollTextiles, and she continues to design for the company.

Matilda McQuaid is deputy curatorial director and head of the textiles
department at Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Hazel Siegel was creative director of KnollTextiles from 1989 to 1993. She is
currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute.

Event, Conversation


April 28, 2011

Knoll Textiles, 1945 – 2010 to Open at Bard Graduate Center May 18, 2011 - Suzanne Tick

Knoll Textiles, 1945 – 2010, a new exhibition that looks at the individuals and ideas that helped shape KnollTextiles from its founding until 2010, opens at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City on May 18, 2011.

The exhibition, which aims to highlight the sartorial dimension of the Knoll brand and the under-recognized role of textiles in the history of modern interiors and design, features approximately 175 examples of textiles, furniture, photographs and ephemera on loan from public, private, and corporate collections, including The Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; the Brooklyn Museum; the Knoll Museum; and the KnollTextiles Archive

The exhibition is organized along four themes considering the formation, shaping, and dissemination of the brand over time; Knoll designers and the innovations in materials and methods of production associated with textiles from 1945 to 1965 as Florence Knoll shifted the traditional vision of textile production; the ways in which the textile division thrived in conjunction with the success of the Knoll Planning Unit from the 1940s through the 1960s; and the history of Knoll Textiles after Florence Knoll’s retirement in 1965, which traces the increasingly international approach of Knoll Textiles during the late 1960s and 1970s through to the pioneering use of materials continued to the present day, as seen in the designs of Suzanne Tick and Dorothy Cosonas and in Knoll Luxe, a new line of fashion-forward, environmentally friendly textiles.

Knoll Textiles, 1945 – 2010 will be on display from May 18, 2011 through July 31, 2011 at The Bard Graduate Center, located in New York City at 18 West 86th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Thursday from 11am to 8pm.