Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, we are highlighting some of the notable women designers that have worked with MillerKnoll. Learn about each designer and their work below.
One of the most innovative architects and designers of our time, Florence Knoll Bassett had a profound influence on more than 50 years of interiors. She is famous for her philosophy of “total design,” and as the director of the Knoll Planning Unit she revolutionized interior space planning. Florence also designed some of Knoll’s most iconic pieces of furniture.
Ray Eames was an American artist and designer who worked in a variety of media. In creative partnership with her husband Charles Eames and The Eames Office, she was responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the fields of architecture, graphic design, textile design, film, and furniture. Ray and her husband are most famous for their iconic chairs, which transformed our idea of modern furniture, but this was merely one facet of their work.
Irma Boom is a Dutch graphic designer who specializes in bookmaking. She has been described as The Queen of Books, having created over 300 books and is well reputed for her artistic autonomy within her field. Irma collaborated with KnollTextiles which resulted in Stripes, a collection of upholsteries, draperies, and wallcoverings based on two of Boom’s books of stripes.
Ayse Birsel Seck
Ayse Birsel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017 and is on the Thinkers50 Radar List of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations. Ayse is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, the award-winning design and innovation studio, and consults to Herman Miller, among other companies. Alongside her husband, they designed Overlay for Herman Miller, a system of freestanding, movable walls designed to transform the open office.
Carol Catalano has applied her creative talents to a wide variety of products since founding Catalano Design in 1987. She likes to push the current boundaries of her field and has made a commitment to include much more thinking about the end user's experience in all her designs. Carol designed the Capelli Stool for Herman Miller which was inspired by her folded hands.
Frequently cited as a benchmark of modern cross-national design, Maya Lin's work draws influence from Japanese gardens, American Indian earthen mounds, her parents, and her architectural design training at Yale University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees. Maya Lin’s collection of Stones, introduced in 1998 in celebration of Knoll’s 60th anniversary, reflects the famed architect’s signature subtlety.