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Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.

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2016 Titan Award Winner

The 2016 Titan Award recipient is Dorothy CosonasCosonas developed an interest in design at a young age. Her grandfather was a painter and fabric merchant; her mother a calligrapher and architectural renderer. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she earned degrees in both fine arts and textile design, she interned at Unika Vaev under Creative Director Sina Pearson. Dorothy was appointed Unika Vaev’s design director in 1994. In 1999 she became vice president of the firm and in 2000 was profiled in Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000. Dorothy joined Knoll in 2005 as Creative Director of KnollTextiles.

Under Dorothy’s leadership KnollTextiles is recognized for combining clean, clear color with modern, elegant patterns and textures. Dorothy’s inaugural collection won a Best of NeoCon Gold award – her first of 7 along with 6 Silver awards for Knoll. In 2008 she founded Knoll Luxe as the fashion forward luxury component of KnollTextiles where she has contributed her own work along with collaborating fashion designers such as Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Maria Cornejo. In 2011 her work was in the KnollTextiles 1945-2010 retro­spective exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

Her textiles and collaborative work are part of the permanent collection of Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.


The Titan Award

This award recognizes outstanding service to the Interior Design profession by a design-related individual, company or organization. 

2016 Dorothy Cosonas
2015 Patricia Urquiola
2014 Michael Vanderbyl, IIDA
Principal, Vanderbyl Design
2013 Suzanne Tick
2012 John Wells,
Interface Americas
2011 Kaye Gosline
2010 Holly Hunt Enterprises
2009 Haworth
2008 Shaw Contract Group
2006    VNU
2005 Kimball Office
2004 Ken Dempsey
Masland Carpets
2003 Brad Powell
2002 Bob Fisk
The Mohawk Group
2001 Dick Bierie
Mannington Commercial
2000 Katie Sosnowchik
Interiors & Sources
1999 James Cramer, Hon. IIDA 
The Greenway Group
1998 Christopher G. Kennedy
Merchandise Mart Properties
R. Craig Watts
1997 Merritt Seymour, Hon. IIDA 
1996 Gordon Whitener, IIDA
Interface Americas
1995 Mel Schlitt
Merchandise Mart Properties