knoll (v.)

Today, a word that has yet to make it into the Oxford English Dictionary. According to Wikipedia, the term was coined “in 1987 by Andrew Kromelow, a janitor at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop. At the time, Gehry was designing chairs for Knoll, a company famously known for Florence Knoll’s angular furniture. Andrew Kromelow would arrange any displaced tools at right angles on all surfaces, and called this routine knolling, in that the tools were arranged in right angles—similar to Knoll furniture. The result was an organized surface that allowed the user to see all objects at once.”

I am admittedly a rather untidy, somewhat chaotic person. I have on occasion been (affectionately) referred to as Pig-pen. Nothing in my life is kept at precise 90 degrees angles — so it should come as no surprise that I don’t knoll. But I (like many people, it would seem) get a perverse pleasure from seeing things arranged in tidy rows. I follow Pinners, Instagrammers, Tumblrs who exclusively post neatly arranged objects. Always be knolling, as they say.