I remember when I was young my grandmother lived by the Knoll shop on Boulevard St-Germain. I remember being completely obsessed with it because it seemed like a dream planet where everything was so perfect, so sleek, so beautiful, and brand new. Paris in the 1970s and 80s was full of old things; in contrast this shop looked almost abstract, not like a collection of chairs and tables, but like an installation of new aesthetics. I personally still haven’t reached that level of modernity.

Taken from an interview by Emily King in PIN–UP 11, Fall Winter 2011/12.

Portrait by Lukas Wassmann.