To knoll or not to knoll, that is very much the question for me more often than I would like to admit.
For those of you who aren’t in the know, knolling is the process of arranging’like’ objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization.
The term was first coined by a chap named Andrew Kromelow in 1987, a janitor at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop, the creation centre of some stunningly handsome pieces of furniture. At the time Gehry was designing chairs for Knoll. Kromelow would arrange any displaced tools at right angles on all surfaces, and call the process Knolling. The result was an organised surface that allowed the user to see all objects at once.
American artist Tom Sachs ,who also spent some time working under Frank Gehry, considers the routine of knolling as central to his creative process.
Tom provides a few pointers on how to master this simple process – paying attention to the detail and creating a sense of calm.
How to Knoll – Tom Sachs
It’s become somewhat of a joke in Millican circles that I like things to be neat and tidy. Admittedly I have been caught on our stand at Goodwood Revival or Burghley moving a Millican Dalton Biography just ever so slightly an inordinate amount of times, or ensuring the direction of the drinking tops on Simon the Water Bottles are all facing the same direction – that’s only natural, right?
We all feel better (perhaps not everyone) when things are neat and tidy, that’s why it’s nice to spend a little time on a tumblr favorite of mine, Things Organized Neatly.
The clue is in the title of course – a collection of images consisting of stuff organized neatly. Amazing.
Images courtesy of Things Organized Neatly
If you fancy sharing some of your urges to organise, then we’d love to hear your thoughts. You’re among like minded folk who love the attention to detail.