Karen Stone - Adjunct Associate Professor
Karen StoneAdjunct Associate Professor
Pratt Studios 5TH FL
13/FA-IND-211-01 3-D Design I
14/SP-IND-212-01 3-D Design II
13/FA-IND-311-01 3-D Design III
14/SP-IND-312-01 3-D Design IV
Industrial Design Coursework, Ohio State University
Karen Stone is Director of Design for Knoll, Inc. Responsible for the design of Knoll Showrooms, Knoll Retail Shops, exhibits and trade shows worldwide, Karen has had the additional responsibility for bringing sustainable design, new materials and technologies to Knoll product design and establishing direction for new finishes for Knoll products. She is currently creating a new line of products for Knoll Shop retail store and via www.knoll.com.
She began her career at Knoll in 1991. Her award winning work with Knoll has been noted in ID, Domus, Interiors, Inside Design Now, and other publications. Prior to her work at Knoll, Karen was Senior Designer at Bonnell Design Associates (New York) where she worked on showroom designs, exhibits, interiors and signage for clients, including Interface, Guilford, Teknion, Steelcase, Design Tex, ModernAge, Shearson Lehman Hutton Plaza and Mellon Bank.
From 1984 to 1988, she was Showroom Designer for SunarHauserman, working with consultants such as Frank Gehry, Sottsass Associati and Michael Graves Architects. She began her career as an Interior Designer with Dyer/Brown (Boston) and Symmes, Maini and McKee (Cambridge, MA), beginning in 1981.
Karen has worked on the design of stage sets for regional theater and enjoys abstract painting. Her formal training in music and music performance throughout her childhood, has had a tremendous influence on her current work in design. Her passion for experimenting with spatial relationships and objects in space developed at an early age.
In the fall of 1998, Karen began teaching three-dimensional abstract design within the Industrial Design Department at Pratt and is now Adjunct Professor w CCE. Karen was Visiting Professor at Samsung Art and Design Institute, summer 2007. In 2012 Karen was invited to teach a course at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Karen led a collaborative project with Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and her design students in 2012, and conducted seminars for visiting students from Keio University in 2012 and 2013. She has served as a juror for design competitions, has been Faculty Advisor to the IDSA Student Chapter since 2006, Faculty Advisor for the Pratt Legends Award Design since 2009, and leads talks on design to student groups. In 2011 she led a group of Pratt students to Nicaragua for a special outreach project. She was invited to be a guest speaker at the 2011 Design4 Conference and presented a summary of the Nicaragua project. Karen also serves on the Advisory Board for Pratt Design Incubator. Karen established the Knoll Design Student Internship program, engaging nearly 35 Pratt ID students. Karen is a graduate of Ohio State University in Industrial Design (BS) and Pratt Institute Industrial Design (MID) and has also studied at Oxford University, England.