healthcare furniture and fabrics

Healthcare: KnollTextiles: Strata and Fission Chips

Ruth Adler Schnee has created textiles since the 1940s 
and her designs, which are colorful and often feature organic and geometric shapes, have become classics. She obtained degrees 
from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she studied under Eliel Saarinen. In her illustrious career, she has collaborated with Buckminster Fuller on 
the interior of the Ford Rotunda geodesic dome, Minoru Yamasaki 
on the World Trade Center interior, as well as Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Working with Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles, Adler Schnee has reinterpreted two of her own early printed patterns into woven fabrics for use as privacy curtains and drapery fabrics for healthcare interiors. “Over the years, I have had many opportunities to realize my designs in different media—from inspiration, to hand-printed silkscreened drapery cloth, to woven upholstery fabrics,” Adler Schnee says. “This gives me an opportunity to go back to the original source and rework, rethink, and renew my efforts.”

The two patterns that comprise the collection Adler Schnee created with KnollTextiles are Strata and Fission Chips. Strata, which began as printed burlap wallpaper in 1949 and was later reinterpreted as a printed drapery fabric and gift-wrapping paper, was inspired by the layered landscapes Adler Schnee encountered on her honeymoon in Arizona and Colorado. Fission Chips is based on a 1950 design, which Adler Schnee describes as “cut logs of different textures.” Each fabric comes in six colorways, 72-inch wide formats, and is Greenguard certified. Strata is made from 100-percent Trevira CS polyester, and Fission 
Chips is made from 100-percent FR polyester.

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