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Meet the Makers / AllAn Knight
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Allan Knight, renowned for his love of acrylic, incorporates acrylic
into his lighting designs and launches a new line of fabrics.
What are some of the challenges you
face while marketing high-end acrylic
products?
Acrylic is an expensive product to market
as people like to touch and feel it. The chal-
lenges in marketing acrylic are in advertis-
ing a niche product at the prices you have
to pay in order to purchase a page in today’s
design magazines. Through the network of
showrooms that represent our products, we
are able to cover the U.S. and a few other
regions of the world. Over the years there
have been a lot of really tasteless knock-
off companies, who put mundane product
poorly made of resin quality material out
there. Once people see our product, they
don’t ever question the medium, but they
have to see it – seeing is believing, especially
in today’s Internet-driven world. There
is so much junk out there, and there are
even products with good basic design, but
The Concord Cocktail Table features a rectilinear acrylic base and a rift-cut cerused oak top, finished with a satin
espresso stain. It measures 54”w x 30”d x 18”h.
poorly produced. We stay as far away from
all of that as possible. What sells people on
Allan Knight and Associates is owned and not a cold thing; it is a very warm passion. I acrylic is not only its intrinsic beauty, but its
operated by partners Allan Knight and Ben first discovered acrylic when I was just out of durability. It is very resilient and wears bet-
Goldfarb. The Dallas-based multiline show- architecture school and I met my first busi- ter than almost any other furnishing you can
room features high-end furnishings and tex- ness partner, who had learned the acrylic put in your house. A hairline scratch on a
tiles as well as Allan Knight’s personal acrylic, furniture business from my current business table can be buffed out in a small area, but
textile and lighting creations. partner’s father. He had a showroom and a on a wood finish many times the whole table
Like many before him, Allan Knight did small plant that manufactured furnishings has to be refinished. Also, acrylic is an oil by-
not escape the purist lure of acrylic. Once in- and I was totally taken with the medium. I product. If you like it, buy it; it will not be
troduced to the versatile material, he knew it had started an interior design business of my cheaper tomorrow.
was a good fit for him. DTM had the oppor- own, but something was missing. I took to
What criteria should designers use to
tunity to ask Knight about his love of acrylic, acrylic like a duck to water and in no time
evaluate and compare acrylic products?
product lines and travels abroad. was doing a lot of new product for the firm,
In buying acrylic look for perfect glue
It has been said that you have acrylic in
as well as running the factory. It was a great
joints. If you cannot tell how it is made or
your blood. Tell us about your passion for
learning experience. The acrylic business is
it looks cast but still very heavy, then it is a
acrylics. How did you first get involved
like life: very transparent, and there is no
good glue joint. Also, acrylic should have no
with the medium?
room for anything but pure honesty. I like
that it is pure and simple.
edge color. It should not be cloudy. There is
I do have acrylic in my blood. And that’s a lot of poor quality material out there and it

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