Knoll is recognized internationally for creating workplace furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Our commitment to innovation and modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of office systems, seating, files and storage, tables and desks, wood casegoods, textiles and accessories.
A Commitment to Modern Design
Since our founding in 1938, design integrity has been our guiding principle as we offer insight into the way business is changing and into what’s possible—now and for the future.
We believe good design is good business. Our commitment to modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furniture products and textiles designed to provide enduring value and help clients shape their workspaces with imagination and vision.
We have been recognized as a design leader worldwide. Our products are exhibited in major art museums, with more than 40 pieces in the permanent Design Collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
An Understanding of the Modern Workplace
At Knoll, we watch how the modern office is evolving, and we make furniture that responds and adapts to changing needs. We’re thinking about the emergence of a new workplace climate, the meaning of new workplace planning models and how ecological principles inform our product designs.
We engage in research activities, including independent field studies; collaborations with customers, universities and industry associations; and ongoing dialogue with experts from the fields of technology, architecture, design, organizational behavior, psychology and business management.
A Dedication to Sustainable Design
Knoll is a leader in policies and practices designed to protect the biosphere, conserve natural resources and reduce waste. We are committed to helping safeguard all natural habitats and local communities. We strive to make the most efficient and responsible use of renewable resources, including water, soil and forests, and to conserve natural resources. We are pioneers in Clean Technology. Our commitment to high environmental standards is mandated by a comprehensive Environmental, Health & Safety Management Plan.
We reach out and align with third party certification organizations, including The GREENGUARD™ Environmental Institute, The U.S. Green Building Council (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and THE GREEN™ STANDARD.org, that share our commitment to sustainability. Our product designers are engaged in a continuous program of research and design, experimenting with new materials and new uses for existing materials.
All Knoll architecture and design managers in North America are required to attain LEED® Professional Accreditation. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings.
Our recent initiative with the Chicago Climate Exchange, as part of our 2006 commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, addresses our concern for global climate change and targets programs to enhance energy efficiency throughout our facilities.