PULL UP A CHAIR: As the latest designer to partner with Knoll Luxe, the luxury fabric division of Knoll, Inc., Maria Cornejo looked at ease Thursday night in the brand’s Avenue of the Americas design store. After greeting wellwishers like artists Tara Donovan and Mia Enell as well as architect Enrique Norten, Cornejo said home products have always been on her wish list since she opened her first store on Mott Street in 1998. “Then had this dream that I was going to open up this creative space and make cushions, rugs and do art. This to me is a consortium of all that,” she said. “The quality of life is something that also appeals to me. Fashion is also lifestyle so I think it is like that.”
And the change of pace has brought its own rewards. “It’s different. I love having an amazing team. And to actually get out of the office to work with different people, different technology and different resources is really inspiring. It gets your energy going again,” Cornejo said.