See more objects with the color darkslategrey dimgrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline



  • Work on this object began.


  • We acquired this object.


  • You found it!

Drapery Fabric, Emerson

This is a Drapery fabric. It was produced by Knoll Luxe. It is dated 2009 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is 70% rayon, 30% polyester and its technique is double-sided machine embroidered on organza. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Knoll Luxe was launched in 2008 as a luxury fabric division of Knoll Textiles. The brand utilizes a global network of specialized and highly skilled textile mills to realize fabrics that combine classic modernism with a strong fashion influence. Under the creative direction of Dorothy Cosonas, Knoll Luxe has worked with young designers, such as Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, to create collections of drapery and upholstery materials for corporate and residential interiors influenced by technology, architecture, and fashion.
Rodarte, widely acclaimed for its daring and conceptual fashion collections, was founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Pasadena, California. Their garments feature complex manipulation of materials and other meticulous surface techniques, including dyeing, marbling, macramé, sanding, distressing, and burning. Rodarte was the first American fashion house to receive the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2008. In 2009, Rodarte was the recipient of the prestigious 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award, and was also a National Design Award finalist in the category of fashion design.
In Rodarte’s collaboration with Knoll Luxe, their richly varied surfaces and delicate color sensibility are reinterpreted using techniques suited for commercial and residential interiors, such as jacquard weaving and machine embroidery. Although this is Rodarte’s first foray into textile design, the Mulleavys have created a cohesive collection of great depth that utilizes a sophisticated range of techniques, very skillfully applied.
This piece is one four different designs (some in multiple colorways) proposed for acquisition; as an ensemble, they are intended to reflect the varied techniques and subtle palette of the Rodarte for Knoll Luxe collection.

This object was donated by Knoll Textiles. It is credited Gift of Knoll Textiles.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 340.4 x 149.9 cm (134 x 59 in.)

Cite this object as

Drapery Fabric, Emerson; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; 70% rayon, 30% polyester; Warp x Weft: 340.4 x 149.9 cm (134 x 59 in.); Gift of Knoll Textiles; 2010-7-3

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Drapery Fabric, Emerson |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=29 November 2021 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>