Knoll has been manufacturing and reproducing timeless furniture design for the past 71 years. So, when commissioned last summer to photograph the new showroom and office space on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, I jumped at the chance. The project was to showcase the space for LEED certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
One of my main concerns as a photographer was the use of fluorescent lighting in order to achieve the LEED certification. If you ask any photographer (or anyone with eyes that work), fluorescent lighting is about the worst lighting known to man...and camera. Not only does it look green to film or digital exposures, it robs one's soul. It's terrible. Please do not switch your incandescent bulbs those squiggly, mercury-filled-soul-stealers. This is a plea!...more on this subject later.
The new showroom is on the 17th floor of what was originally the Southeast Bank on 200 S. Biscayne Blvd.. Coincidentally, Florence Knoll herself helped design the building, something I wasn't aware of at the time. And, despite my concerns about the fluorescent light, only a minimal color adjusting was needed in the final processing of the images. Perhaps Knoll just designs fluorescent well too?