The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) has been part of my professional life almost from its inception in 1985. When I arrived at Knoll Textiles in 1987 my employers were actively engaged in charting a course for this fledgling trade organization. Originally created to increase visibility for contract textiles, over the years ACT has taken on the mission of […]
Did I ever thank her for the inspiration, for being that beacon pulling me toward a career that would come to fill and fulfill my life, for showing me how to be firm and fair, demanding and understanding, professional and accessible?
The entire front lobby was filled with Herman Miller sofas covered in a new Marharm wool plaid in a dazzling array of colors that would have, and probably did, make any Scotsman weep with joy. High end jobbers HBF Textiles and Knoll Textiles introduced novel designs and qualities in wool that I took to be a clear sign that wool was on the ascendence again. But where had it gone? Why was this recent proliferation of wool so noteworthy?
How did I get here? This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife . . . or maybe it is. After what seemed an interminably long gestation period, and quite a bit of being dazed and confused, as The Talking Heads so entertainingly articulated, we are LIVE! This textile designer and mill […]