Knolling is the process of arranging everyday items neatly and simply in a way that’s visually pleasing. There’s something quite therapeutic about seeing regular, ordinary objects laid out so uniformly and it’s hard to say exactly why. For me, at least, I find the clean, organised layout of everyday items quite calming and – talking to other designers – they do too. Perhaps it’s something that appeals to people who spend most of their time trying to organise pixels and paint.
I wanted to create a post that brought together some of my favourite examples of knolling. Most of these have a designer and photographer twist, but others are just remarkably soothing, interesting or quirky. I hope you find the collection an interesting and perhaps slightly unusual source of inspiration, and that it gets you to experiment with some knolling with some of your own items.
Have you come across any knolling examples that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!