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Knoll Wallcoverings Series from the Grammar Collection: Filter, Merge and Switch Patterns

A work made of vinyl and cotton.

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  • A work made of vinyl and cotton.




Abbott Miller (American, born 1963), Designer
Pentagram (English, founded 1972), Design Firm

Manufactured by KnollTextiles

About this artwork

The employment of repetitive figurative characteristics to produce abstractions has led to a new genre and, indeed, a new market for contemporary wallpaper. Abbott Miller’s Merge graphic wallpaper from his Grammar Collection for Knoll Textiles is a perfect example of a design in which abstraction is achieved by multiplying essential elements of the given subject matter. A partner in the Pentagram studio in New York, Miller is known for his early writings on typography with Ellen Lupton. In Merge, overlapping typographic forms produce a density and opacity between the letters that barely reveal their origins. From a distance, depending on the color of the typographic composition (which is always set against a white background), the wallpaper reads as either a monochromatic surface or a lacy tracery.


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Architecture and Design


Abbott Miller


Knoll Wallcoverings Series from the Grammar Collection: Filter, Merge and Switch Patterns


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Vinyl and cotton


W.: 137 cm (54 in.)

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Gift of Abbott Miller

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