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Title: Knoll A furniture company committed to design and to designers


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Knoll A furniture company committed to design
and to designers
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Hans and Florence Knoll
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Hans Knoll, founder
  • At Knoll they believe good design is good
    business.
  • Since their founding in 1938, they have been
    recognized as a design leader worldwide.
  • Their products are exhibited in major art
    museums worldwide, with more than 40 pieces in
    the permanent Design Collection of The Museum of
    Modern Art in New York.

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  • Knoll has a 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.
  • Knoll operates four manufacturing sites in North
    America East Greenville, Pennsylvania Grand
    Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan and Toronto,
    Ontario. In addition, they have plants in Foligno
    and Graffignana, Italy.

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Florence Knoll
  • While a student at the Kingswood School on the
    campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Florence Knoll
    became a protege of Eero Saarinen.
  • She worked briefly for Walter Gropius, Marcel
    Breuer and Wallace K. Harrison. In 1946, she
    became a full business and design partner and
    married Hans Knoll, after which they formed Knoll
    Associates.

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  • She was at once a champion of world-class
    architects and designers and an exceptional
    architect in her own right.
  • As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, she
    revolutionized interior space planning.

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  • Her belief in "total design" embracing
    architecture, manufacturing, interior design,
    textiles, graphics, advertising and presentation
    and her application of design principles in
    solving space problems were radical departures
    from the standard practice in the 1950s, but were
    quickly adopted and remain widely used today.

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  • Since it was founded, in 1938, Knoll has invited
    designers to submit proposals, and Knoll has then
    manufactured, and sold, this work.
  • The list of highly regarded designers Knoll has
    worked with includes many of the best furniture
    designers, interior designers, and architects of
    the 20th century.
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Lounge seating designed by Florence Knoll early
1960s
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Credenza, designed by Florence Knoll
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The furniture designed by Florence Knoll is
characterized by clean, simple lines, expressive
use of materials and efficient use of space
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Steelcase
  • Steelcase began in 1912 as The Metal Office
    Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • We received our first patent in 1914 for a steel
    wastebasket -- a major innovation at a time when
    straw wastebaskets were a major office fire
    hazard.
  • That led to metal desks, and we've led the way
    with product and service innovations ever since.
  • Today, our portfolio of solutions address the
    three core elements of an office environment
    interior architecture, furniture and technology.
  • We changed our name to Steelcase in 1954 and
    became a publicly held company in 1998.

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Steelcase history
  • 1912-Peter M. Wege, Sr., Walter Idema and 10
    other stockholders form the Metal Office
    Furniture Company on March 14 in Grand Rapids,
    MI. The company has 15 employees and specializes
    in filing cabinets and safes. First years sales
    are 76,000.
  • 1914-Metal Office begins diversifying with a new
    product, the Victor fireproof steel wastebasket.
  • 1915-First sale of desks 200 fireproof steel
    desks for Boston's first skyscraper, the Customs
    House Tower.
  • 1916-E.A. Holscher starts an office furniture
    business in St. Louis, MO and becomes Metal
    Office's first dealer.

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  • 1921-Metal Office offically registers the
    "Steelcase" name as a trademark and adopts a new
    advertising slogan "Found Where Business
    Succeeds.
  • 1926-The company opens a new manufacturing plant
    on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

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  • 1937-Metal Office creates oval-shaped desks based
    on the design vision of Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • They're used in the S.C. Johnson and Company
    building, which Life magazine calls "the most
    inspirational office building of the 20th
    century."

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Johnson Wax building, Racine, Wisconsin designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1936-39 The Great Work
Room
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Johnson Wax Building parking garage
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  • 1945 -The surrender documents ending World War II
    are signed by General Douglas MacArthur and
    Japanese officials on a Steelcase table aboard
    the USS Missouri

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  • 1953 -Metal Office introduces Sunshine Styling,
    the industry's first office furniture in colors.
  • 1954 -Corporate name changes to Steelcase, which
    has been a brand name for many Metal Office
    products.
  • Steelcase launches international operations with
    a 15,000 square-foot plant in Toronto, Canada.
  • 1958 -Establishes California operation with a
    70,000 square-foot plant in Fullerton,

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  • 1964-Purchases Attwood Corporation in Lowell, MI,
    a manufacturer of marine hardware and
    injection-molded plastic parts.
  • 1968-Introduces Mobiles?, the first product using
    concepts of systems furniture.

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  • 1971-Introduces Movable Walls, Steelcase's first
    comprehensive systems furniture line.
  • 1972-Enters the wood office furniture market with
    the introduction of Designs? in Wood.
  • 1973-Introduces Series 9000? systems
    furniture.Builds manufacturing facility for wood
    furniture in Fletcher, NC.Forms a 50 percent
    joint-venture interest with Kurogane Ltd., with
    manufacturing in Osaka, Japan.
  • 1974-Forms a 50 percent joint-venture interest
    with Forges de Strasbourg (Strafor S.A.) to
    manufacture seating in Sarrebourg, France.
  • 1977-Initiates an extensive dealer distribution
    organization in the Middle East.
  • 1978-Purchases Vecta Contract in Grand Prairie,
    TX.
  • 1979-Purchases new manufacturing plant in Athens,
    AL.

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Office Systems Furniture Panel Systems,
Workstations
  • Office furniture has become a design specialty,
    and a major part of modern working life.
  • Free standing desks, and separate, hard walled,
    offices, have been largely replaced with a
    complex of work surfaces, screen panels, and
    storage units that serve as partioning as well.
  • the workstation occupies less space, and when
    well designed, provides a higher level of
    efficiency than separate office rooms.
  • The constantly changing nature of office
    environments had led to the development of office
    systems furniture that is focused on flexibility
    both within the individual workstation, and in
    the grouping of clusters of workstations.

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The Herman Miller office system Ethospace
designed in 1984 by Jack Kelley
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Ethospace is based on a 120 degree angle, which
opens up workspaces to teamwork and communication
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Ethospace--a frame-and-tile system
  • In the Ethospace frame-and-tile system,
    structural steel frames define the work space,
    provide the foundation for hang-on components,
    and house electrical and data wires.
  • Individual segments called tiles attach to the
    frames, allowing tremendous variety and control
    of the design and function of individual frames.

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  • Application freedom. Designers can create a
    variety of layouts, from individual workstations
    to collaborative spaces to enclosed offices the
    choice of 90-, 120-, and 135-degree connectors
    maximizes planning possibilities.

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  • Supports Technology
  • Huge capacity. The open frame interior holds up
    to 49 Category 5e, 4-pair UTP cables in the base
    and an additional 32 cables at every 8 inches of
    frame height.
  • Flexible power. The 8-wire, 4-circuit electrical
    system allows circuit configurations of 3 general
    and 1 dedicated, 2 general and 2 dedicated, or 1
    general and 3 dedicated.
  • Wide corners. Corner connectors turn with a wide
    arc, safely accommodating stiff or fragile fiber
    optics cables.

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  • Earth-Conscious Design
  • 100 percent recyclable steel frames. Strong and
    durable for a long life the system is 78 percent
    recyclable, and recycled content is 35 percent.
  • Powder coating. On all metal parts and Formcoat
    surfaces no VOCs.
  • Water-based stains. No solvents.
  • Sustainable wood supplies. Only from managed
    forest resources.

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Herman Miller Resolve system, designed in 1997
by Ayse Birsel
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  • The elegantly simple structure is based on poles
    with screens attached at 120-degree angles.
  • This inventive approach provides all the
    intelligence and function of panels while
    allowing greater diversity of workstation
    patterns and more cost-effective use of real
    estate.
  • There's also more openness and flexibility for
    collaborative environments.

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The Resolve system has a built in sound
masking system
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Rolling screens let users adjust privacy and
reduce glare on computer screens
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  • Resolve--a pole-based system
  • Vertical poles in three heights (96, 60, and 48
    inches), work with horizontal support arms to
    define work areas, provide a structural
    foundation, support hang-on components, and make
    power and data accessible to the user.
  • Trusses attach to tall pole tops to route power
    and data cables overhead and delineate space.
  • They can also help people find their way in a
    workspace.

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  • Personalization Screens, canopies, and floor
    mats. Define personal territory. Rolling screens.
  • Users control privacy and enclosure. Custom
    graphics.
  • With the Customer's Own Image (COI) program,
    customers can have their own graphics digitally
    printed on screens, canopies, and flags. Work
    tools.
  • People can place and move them right where
    they're needed. Human scale.
  • The design is based on the size, reach, and
    movements of people

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Herman Miller V Wall
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  • V-Wall works in any environment, with any
    furniture requirement. A two-person crew can
    reconfigure walls with minimum disruption.
  • Single-source supply simplifies coordination,
    reduces trades in the work area, and reduces
    interruption in occupied workspaces.
  • V-Wall is available in a variety of vinyls,
    fabrics, veneers and glazing options.
  • Herman Miller trims and finishes make
    coordination easy with all freestanding and
    office system solutions.
  • Panel modules come in standard heights of 9' and
    10', and widths of 24-30", but custom widths and
    heights to 12' are also available. also available

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  • V-Wall offers panel and component integration
    with Action Office Series 1 2, Prospects and
    Ethospace.
  • V-Wall can be pre-wired with UL-labeled power or
    open boxes for field applications.
    Telecommunications and power can be distributed
    both vertically and horizontally, allowing walls
    to provide cabling to systems as required by
    project design.
  • V-Wall can be installed directly over carpeting,
    reducing waste and labor costs.
  • Unlike drywall, V-Wall is up to 99 percent
    reusable, making it the environmentally friendly
    alternative.

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Herman Miller Vivo Interiors designed by
Douglas Ball
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  • Crisp Aesthetic
  • Clean lines. Trim pieces have a thin profile and
    interlock for precise alignment.
  • Visual highlights. Furniture-style glides have a
    progressive appearance and let in light open
    work surface supports are light scaled a
    horizontal bead between tiles has a reflective
    surface.
  • Purposeful palette. The concise selection
    features light-to-dark, warm-to-cool finishes
    that combine harmoniously glass, laminate,
    veneer, and textiles offer sophisticated choices.

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  • Sustainable Design
  • Strict standards. Vivo was designed according to
    Herman Miller's cradle-to-cradle protocol also
    GreenGuard certified.
  • Recyclable. Vivo is 69 percent recyclable frames
    are 100 percent recyclable steel a typical
    workstation has 36 percent recycled content.
  • Powder coated. All trim, supports, and storage
    components are powder coated, eliminating
    polluting VOCs.
  • No solvents. Stains are water based.
  • Good wood. All wood is harvested from managed
    forest resources.
  • Earth-friendly textiles. Most textiles are made
    of a single material for easier recycling many
    lines are 100 percent recycled polyester.

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Steelcase Pathways technology wall and ports
system
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  • Ports to manage your tools and technology
  • Maximum flexibility for planning
  • Unmatched cable capacity and access virtually
    anywhere on the panel
  • Wide array of aesthetic options with refined
    details
  • Environmentally-friendly wheatboard worksurfaces
    available

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Steelcase Kick system
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Steelcase Kick system
  • Wide range of function and aesthetics
  • Flexible layouts, including 120 degree
  • Kick Freestanding blends seamlessly with Kick and
    other Steelcase systems
  • Stackable panels are load-bearing and stack to
    78" h
  • Easy to order, simple to install and reconfigure

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  • From looking at just a few examples of current
    systems furniture it is clear that there is an
    increasing emphasis on team organization in
    office work.
  • Privacy has been replaced by organizations that
    allow for easy voice and visual communication
    among team members.
  • Office chairs have been the subject of intense,
    focused study of ergonomics.
  • The shape, dimension, and adjustability of a
    chair directly affects human comfort and muscular
    stress.

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  • Office systems furniture are a direct response to
    a space utilization concept called open office,
    or landscape planning.

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A typical open office, or landscape
environment
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A very open office area
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A typical office floor 22,867sq.ft.
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Vertical section of the same building
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