Design Books to Win

Win Three Books Featuring Knoll Designers

Five winners will each receive copies of three books featuring work by Rem Koolhaas, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, and Abbott Miller

October 29, 2014

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Nevin Blum, Julie Gauthier, Preston Porter, Yoni Weiss, and Eric Willett. Did you know that the many designers who have collaborated with Knoll include architect Rem Koolhaas (furniture), Pentagram graphic designer Abbott Miller (textiles), and industrial and graphic designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli (graphic identity and furniture)? The noted design company, established in 1938 by Hans Knoll and later directed by his wife, Florence Knoll, is recognized worldwide for its modern furniture and textile designs, many of which are in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Abbott Miller: Design and Content; Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Two Lives, One Vision

To honor the company’s association with prominent designers, in partnership with Knoll, we’re offering you the chance to win three newly published books. Through November 11, 11:59 PM (EST), enter to win a copy of Abbott Miller: Design and Content (Princeton Architectural Press); the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale catalogue, Fundamentals (Marsilio, distributed by Rizzoli) by Rem Koolhaas, the Biennale’s curator; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision (RIT Press). Five winners will each receive a copy of all three books. Details below.

Enter the drawing to win a copy of each of these books (each winner receives all three books):

Win Three Books Featuring Knoll Designers

The drawing for Abbott Miller: Design and Content; Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision, in partnership with Knoll, starts today, October 29, 2014, and ends in two weeks, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST). The books have been generously donated by their respective publishers.

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Abbott Miller: Design and Content, by Abbott Miller, 2014 (Princeton Architectural Press). 8.4 x 10 inches, hardcover, 240 pages , 325 color illustrations

Abbott Miller, a 2014 AIGA Medalist, created the Drip, Drop, Run, Merge, and Filter textile Grammar Wallcoverings, based on graphic design and ink patterns, for Knoll in 2006.

Abbott Miller: Design and Content is the first monograph on the award-winning graphic designer. known for his innovative work at Pentagram, where as a partner he leads a team designing books, magazines, catalogues, identities, exhibitions, and editorial projects, creating work that is often concerned with the cultural role of design and the public life of the written word. Collaborating with performers, curators, artists, photographers, writers, publishers, corporations, and institutions, Miller has created a unique practice that alternates between the printed page and the physical space of exhibitions. 

Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision by Jan Conradi, 2014 (RIT Press). 6 x 9 inches, paperback. 176 pages, 74 illustrations, some color

Graphic design icon Massimo Vignelli created the instantly recognizable company graphics for Knoll in 1967. Vignelli Associates also contributed two furniture designs to the Knoll portfolio: the Handkerchief Chair (designed together with David Law, 1983) and the Paperclip Table (1994). 

Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision is a portrait of two important 20th-century designers whose careers intertwined since the 1950s. The Vignellis promote a modernist philosophy of designing for a better society: resourceful use of space and materials, clear communication, lasting quality, and logical functionality.

Through a mix of archival research and personal interviews with Lella, Massimo, and their many colleagues and clients, Jan Conradi documents the Vignellis’ nuanced approach to “cleaning up” an often chaotic and messy society by adhering to a minimalist and structured design method that continues to inspire, generations of designers worldwide.

Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition, by Rem Koolhaas, 2014 (Marsilio; distributed by Rizzoli). 7.75 x 9.75 ihches, paperback, 348 pages

Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas with his firm, OMA, created his first furniture collection, Tools for Life, for Knoll, introduced at the 2013 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. He served as the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale’s curator. 

Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition is the official 2014 Architecture Biennale catalogue—a global overview of architecture of the 100 years. The emphasis of the 2014 Biennale is on architectural history.

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