September 16, 2013

Pollack Event Celebrates Multidisciplinary Design

Interior Design gathered 160 members of the design industry last week at New York’s D&D Building to celebrate a novel collection from Pollack. With the Makers collection, Pollack has broadened its world—collaborating with five designers from an equal number of disciplines: furniture (Matthias Pliessnig), jewelry (Klaus Bürgel), fashion (Liz Collins), glass (Katherine Gray), ceramics (Nathan Craven). The project began with Pollack VP and design director Rachel Doriss visiting the studios of designers to learn about their creative processes, which were then translated into the medium of fabric. Interior Design featured the collection in its August issue, and shared the following video during the event:


Cindy Allen, editor in chief, Interior Design, says of her discovery of the collection, “We got so excited because, as editors, we’re always looking for something that’s different and how to tell the story of being inspired by something. And for specifiers to understand the story behind these beautiful fabrics also makes them mean so much more.”


“We are experts on our material, so we wanted to collaborate with other makers who know the insides and outs of their own materials,” says Rachel Dorriss. “It wasn’t about having a recognizable, rock star designer name, it was about looking at their work and being inspired to have that push us creatively.”


The collaboration made for some surprising discoveries in interdisciplinary creativity. When working with Pliessnig, Doriss and her team looked at his work, came up with ideas, and made some design decisions. When Pliessnig saw the progress he noticed that they’d “split the difference geometrically,” as they say.  In other words, it wasn’t geometrically perfect. He said, “You split the difference, just as I do when I work with wood.” Without knowing it, Doriss had tapped into the way Pliessnig makes decisions, proving that the considerable talent behind the Makers Collection has more in common than you might expect.

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