Newcomer Brooklyn-based textile and eyewear designer Alejandro Cardenas drew from a wide range of sources for his collection of three upholstery designs for KnollTextiles. Glider is intended to recreate the sensation of gliding over a landscape, while Soon is a nod to a song by one of Cardenas’ favorite bands, My Bloody Valentine. Finally, Biscayne (shown) was inspired by the tropical vegetation of Key Biscayne, Fla. Soon is digitally printed on cotton sateen and comes in four colorways. Glider and Biscayne, which are made with a blend of cotton, polyester, and nylon, are woven stateside and come in eight colorways. knolltextiles.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.