An Evening With Florence (Knoll)

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Kimberly Swanson, ASID

Project Contributors:
Knoll Textiles
Desert Business Interiors
Arbor Veneers / Koroseal Wallcovering

Kimberly Swanson, ASID, is principal of Swanson Interior Design Group and has served both on the ASID National Board of Directors and is an ASID Chapter Past President. Florence Knoll, a true modernist, with her passion for mid-century modern designers such as:  Eero Saarinen, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Harry Bertoia, was a natural partnership for her design, a time of sleek, elegant and functional interiors.

The creative process was to fuse mid-century modern interiors with the refined style of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, fashion icons of the period. The garment is grounded by felt on the bodice and skirt, a fabric used on many mid century furniture pieces.  The sheer overlay is a reproduction 50’s pattern, reminiscent of casement draperies. All of this is cinched together at the waist by stainless steel tile that could be seen in many mid century kitchens. A caplet of natural teak veneer, lined in felt, is clasped with a 50’s vintage pin. A cylinder shaped evening bag is suggestive of the era’s stylish bags. The garment is simplified in line and form with fine craftsmanship on the seaming of the bodice and simple pleats of the skirt, embracing architecture, interiors and fashion of mid century time.

Photography by Gerry Maceda and Adrianne Bonafede

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