David Adjaye’s First New York Skyscraper: 130 William

Every once in a while NYC gets a skyline addition that contributes to the city in almost untold ways. 130 William is just that. Architect David Adjaye’s in-development masterwork happens to be his first skyscraper ever, and it stretches up 800 feet, comprising 66 stories and 244 residences. Rather than use glass and steel, Adjaye employs custom, hand-cast stonework on the facade, both unexpected and …

African-Inspired Textiles by David Adjaye

Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye has created a line of African-inspired textiles for furniture manufacturer Knoll, which aims to “dispel stereotypical images of the continent.” The range of upholstery, drapery and wall coverings—set to launch in September—prominently features patterns based off of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection of African textiles. Adjaye designed the collection to coincide with the museum’s own exhibition of African …

Cool Hunting Video: David Adjaye for Knoll

The renowned furniture brand recruits a brilliant young architect to create a fantastically structural chair

Recently, CH spoke to architect and designer David Adjaye, a rising star whose award-winning firm is working on the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. A thoughtful and charming individual, Adjaye has a very clear vision of his relationship with structures and design. But this was challenged when he was given the opportunity to take a break …