Tonight I went to the IIDA Carolinas event entitled "Modern Textiles in America: The Early Years" presented by Knoll. I was excited to go to this event as a new member of IIDA, in order to network and meet fellow members. The presentation itself was very interesting, which told the backstory of many prominent midcentury designers and their contribution to textiles. Ginger Salmon of Knoll Textiles gave a presentation on two post-war schools of design thought: Bauhaus and Cranbrook. Among these schools were designers who shaped modern thought, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Mies Van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, and Walter Gropius, to name a few. Several Knoll textile samples were passed around along with a very think Knoll book describing the history of their textiles. All in all, it was a very worthwhile event where I learned a lot. I felt this was a good introduction to IIDA events, and hopefully I will be able to attend many more in the future!
Ginger Salmon from Knoll Textiles presenting
Looking at Knoll swatches on a fabric table
CBI's space for the event
Some Bertoia chairs spotted
A Wassily chair by Marcel Bruer and Saarinen Womb chair