March 22, 2007

– Pallas Textiles announces first time partnerships with three leading designers, Laura Guido Clark, Lucy Aiken Johnson and Sue Ross, each of whom will design collections for Pallas in 2007, along with longtime collaborator Lori Weitzner.

“These designers are passionate about textiles and bring a depth of experience with color, texture and patterns,” said David White, vice president and general manager, Pallas Textiles. “Their new lines will emphasize unique and innovative design, incorporate cutting edge performance technology, and support smart environmental practices.”

Laura Guido Clark is an expert in the “skin” of consumer products—their color, materials and finish. Her clients include Samsung, Apple, Mattel, and Toyota. She will bring her 20-plus years of experience in studying the conscious and unconscious influences that drive buying decisions to the creation of an upholstery collection for corporate and hospitality markets.

With more than 12 years experience in corporate interior design, Lucy Aiken Johnson has managed the interior design of restaurants, showrooms, corporate headquarters and large scale cultural arts centers. She has earned ASIS gold, silver and bronze awards, a NeoCon® Textiles Gold Award and a Best of NeoCon Award. Her upholstery collection serves the corporate, healthcare and hospitality markets.

Sue Ross has more than 25 years of design experience in graphic, industrial and interior design, including more than a decade as vice president of product development and design at Monterey Carpets. She has earned multiple Best of NeoCon Gold Awards. Her projects for Pallas Textiles include an upholstery and two panel collections for corporate, hospitality, and institutional markets.

Lori Weitzner has worked with Pallas Textiles since 1998. She has earned numerous honors for her design work, including a Best of NeoCon Award with Pallas Textiles. Her 2007 introductions include a sustainable collection made with bamboo, a cubicle collection and a Crypton® collection for the healthcare, institutional, and corporate markets.

Pallas Textiles plans to more than double their historical number of annual new product introductions in 2007.

About Pallas Textiles
Named for Pallas Athena, Greek Goddess of Weaving, Pallas Textiles was established in 1988 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of KI. Pallas Textiles is structured on design-driven principles. The creative balance between sound business management and responsible design intelligence is personified by the Pallas design team. Collections include textiles for contract upholstery and panel systems, wall-coverings, textiles for healthcare environments and casements. The Pallas designers work within a system that considers each design and colorway as an individual unit as well as a variable within its own schema. Thus, the entire Pallas Collection is designed to harmonize with the total interior environment and its furnishings. For more information, visit

About KI
KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique “Market of One” customer service and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit


Brad Rye
Eric Mower and Associates

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