Since its founding in 1938, Knoll has focused on bringing modern design to the evolving American workplace. The company has such a strong aesthetic that 40 Knoll pieces are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City!
For nearly 70 years the Pennsylvania-based furniture manufacturer has worked with clients to produce office interiors that meet specific functional, aspirational and economic needs. Today, Knoll offers a variety of options for both open space plans and private offices.
The company continuously conducts research to better understand the needs of today’s workplace, using independent field studies; collaborating with customers as well as universities and business associations; and seeking expert advice from designers, architects, psychologists and business managers.
With the popularity of open space offices, it has built an inventory of office furniture that promotes collaboration and new technology while still affording some privacy and plenty of flexibility.
In addition, it’s been an industry leader in sustainable design, seeking out certification from a number of organizations including The Greenguard Environmental Institute, The U.S. Green Building Council (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), The Forest Stewardship Council and the GreenStandard.org.
The company offers many different product lines built especially for for open-office planning, but each fall into three general design styles:
Focused Planning: This design uses medium-height panels and storage, which give individuals the opportunity to concentrate on their work without being isolated from their coworkers. This line comes with three different enclosure heights: 42-inch offers seated visual access; 48-50-inch provides some seated privacy and shields computer monitors; 64-inch offers maximum privacy and some overhead storage.
Shared Planning: Two to three people who work together frequently can share desktop space in this scheme. The spine system has removable screens and freestanding furniture allows groups to be reconfigured as needed without disrupting the infrastructure. Shared tables and facing desktops allow for more spontaneous collaboration.
Team Planning: With this “big table” configuration, teams of four to eight can communicate freely and openly at all times. Members of the team will not have to leave their workspace in order to engage one another. The corners of each workspace are defined by L-shaped cabinets for personal storage. This configuration also features bench seating similar to a conference table, with glass dividers that can separate teams and house infrastructure. Parallel standing-height counters can be used for personal or group storage.
Here are product lines offered by Knoll that can be used for the aforementioned design schemes.
Antenna Workspaces: This award-winning line – one of Knoll’s newest – uses desks, tables, storage and screens to create spaces that fit both task-oriented work and team projects. New: $13,427 for two-person workstation to $32,291 for eight-person bench workstation. Used versions are a fraction of the price.
AutoStrada: This line offers four distinct planning models tied together with a modern aesthetic. New: Starting at $28,586 for two-person workstation to $95,217 for a 10-person bench workstation; Used: $1,495 for single-person workstation
Dividends Horizon: This line is a contemporary solution for individual and group workspaces. New: $21,443 for four-person workstation to $38,897 for eight-person workstation; Used: $785
Equity: This line offers utilitarian, space-saving options. New: Starting at $8,870 to $21,984 for a one-person workstation; Used: $799
Morrison: This line uses an elegant, coordinated aesthetic to define the whole office. New: Starting at $12,216 for a single-person workstation to $78,212 for a six-person workstation; Used: $1,199
Reff: This line is more traditional and tailored, featuring wood workstations and flexible design. New: $31,339 to $39,052 for two-person workstation; Used: $1,250 for single-person workstation
Tips and Accessories
When purchasing Knoll workstations, look for special features like the Currents Service Wall, which offers advanced technology management – giving you easy access to cabling, power and communications.
Fence is another Knoll accessory that facilitates open-office planning. An alternative to traditional panels, the Fence screen allows natural light to pass through workstations while still affording workers some privacy.