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maria cornejo
By Alissa Ponchione
Photography courtesy of KnollTextiles

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DESIGNING WOMAN
A fashion veteran tries her hand at fabrics

By the age of 7, Chilean-born Maria
Cornejo was already hard at work on her
first clothing collection. Her grandmother,
Ita, had taught her how to knit, and she
translated those skills into creating ready-towear outfits for her fashion-forward dolls.
Four years later, Cornejo and her family
left Chile as political refugees during
Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, moving
to Peru before ending up in England when
Cornejo was 13. She "always liked making
things," she says, but didn't think being
a designer was a realistic career goal. "I
thought you had to be discovered," she
admits. Yet the teenager found herself
drawn to the design world partly due to her
passion and partly because "my English
wasn't great. The arts seemed like an easier
option for me because it was very visual."
She developed her first fashion line
in Paris in 1989 at age 27, which was sold
in Japan and select U.S. retailers, before
working for clothing retailer Jigsaw and

French label Tehen. In 1996, a pregnant
Cornejo, along with her photographer
husband, Mark Borthwick, and their 6-yearold daughter, picked up and moved to New
York so she could open her own store and
atelier and settle down. "The beginning was
very joyous," she says. "It was very much like
an experiment."
But the store sat vacant for a year while
Cornejo cared for her sick father. And
though he passed away, "it was not a wasted
year," she says. The time away allowed her to
focus on creating sophisticated clothes that
"don't alienate women." Eventually Barneys
New York and Parisian store Colette
came calling, and her brand Zero + Maria
Cornejo has thrived since, with famous fans
including First Lady Michelle Obama and
Tilda Swinton.
Partnering with Knoll Luxe on a textile
collection was a natural next step. Cornejo
would bring folders of her ideas to Knoll
Luxe's creative director Dorothy Cosonas,
who would edit those into things the
designer could work with. "She pushed me
to get the best end result," says Cosonas of
the collection that launched last fall and
includes four upholstery fabrics and two
drapery options.

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1. The 100 percent
wool Ita upholstery is
especially personal for
Cornejo, reminiscent
of a Santiago blanket
and named for her
grandmother.

2. Big Fringe, meant
to evoke feathers, is
a textured drapery
created from silk
threads.

For instance, Cornejo's love of patterns,
rich colors, and textures is evident in the
Cloud drapery, which "creates that feeling of
blurriness," while Big Fringe was inspired
by a furry shrug from her pre-fall 2012
collection. "I wanted it to have texture and
not to fall flat," she says. And, in an ode
to her grandmother, the 100 percent wool
Ita upholstery is based on a pattern from a
Santiago blanket.
The collaboration has helped Cornejo
with her fashion, too-even inspiring her
to apply what she's learned in her next
clothing line. "I'm constantly questioning
everything," she says. "I call it inspiration
depression. How can we make it better? How
can we evolve?" hd
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Hospitality Design - August 2015
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Sketchbook
Trends 3d Printing
Interview Helen Jorgensen
5 Questions for Karim Rashid
Profile Kelly Hoppen
Profile Poesis Design
Profile 13&9
Profile Maria Cornejo
Profile Design by Them
Profile Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Profile Emerging Designers
Trends Collaborations
Trends Spanish Influence
Textiles
Bath
Carpet
Special Feature Custom Solutions
Airland Hotel
Press Hotel
Hotel Henriette
Newport Marriott
Industry Kitchen
Ad Index
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Interview Helen Jorgensen
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 5 Questions for Karim Rashid
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Kelly Hoppen
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Poesis Design
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile 13&9
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Maria Cornejo
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Design by Them
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
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