Knoll Luxe recently debuted their new collaboration with SUNO, the womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty. The new collection consists of seven upholstery and two drapery textiles that have been translated from SUNO’s runway collections from 2011 - 2013.
Many of SUNO’s designs have global influences, including Indian embroidery, vintage Japanese origami paper, and the Africa Kanga (or garment).
Arber is based on a dress inspired by microscopic cells. The water-color-like pattern is printed on 100% cotton velvet.
Matondoni was created from a dress in SUNO’s Fall 2010 collection which was developed from a vintage Kanga cloth.
Olema was inspired by vintage origami paper, and depicts florals floating on top of a textural background.
About the Manufacturers: Max Osterweis first conceived of SUNO in 2008 after witnessing post-election violence in Kenya. Utilizing the vast collection of Kenyan Kangas he had gathered over years of traveling, Max joined forces with Erin Beatty, a Parson’s graduate and designer for The Gap and Generra, to launch a high-end collection with a conscience. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved from its original African roots to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York. SUNO utilizes the local talent of each country it works with to create a fresh and optimistic collection of unique prints, textures and embroideries layered together to build a bright and modern wardrobe for a confident independent woman.
Knoll Luxe, a luxury fabric division of Knoll, Inc., maintains a marketing and design studio at 76 Ninth Avenue, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011. Knoll Luxe has showrooms at the D&D, PDC and Merchandise Mart catering to the residential design market.