Connect! Knoll @ Neocon 2012

Connect! Knoll @ Neocon 2012

NeoCon, the largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors in North America, is returning for its 44th year and is once again taking place at the historic Merchandise Mart, Chicago from June 11-13, 2012.

Knoll‘s showroom, was re-designed to showcase the role of activity spaces in the workplace in relation to primary workspaces that support focus, shared and team work, also features new material and surface options that energize space and underscores the Company’s ongoing commitment to achieving BIFMA level® 3 sustainable design certification

Knoll is demonstrating the role that design plays in creating compelling, productive work environments, grounded in the Knoll perspective on work, research and culture.

Knoll introduced a range of integrated products for individuals and groups ( Connect !) bringing together the way we work and live.

Knoll design director, Benjamin Pardo said, “The office planning paradigm that most of us are familiar with was never intended to support complexity or even the unpredictability of new work patterns. Our showroom offers solutions these new patterns of work.  These work patterns, often referred to as “distributed work” — a combination of head down “focus” work, formal and informal collaborative and social interactions — can occur in a wide variety of activity spaces within a building, a campus or other location.”

Knoll presented “Solutions for Activity Spaces”; New Designs for Open Plan and Private Offices, Seating and Technology Support; Four Knoll Studio Collections debuted

New additions to the Knoll 2012 portfolio include:

Antenn Workspaces for Activity Spaces
Reff Profile for Meeting Spaces
Sapper Dynamic Arm for Knoll Extra
The Lounge Collection by Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli for Knoll Studio
Daniel Stromborg Table Collection for Knoll Studio
Jonathan Olivares Aluminum Chair for Knoll Studio
Krusin Side Tables for Knoll Studio
Trove wallcovering from Knoll Textiles
Architectural applications by Filzfelt

Knoll’s new products recognize the increasingly social, mobile and collaborative nature of today’s workplace.

The Knoll NeoCon 2012 showroom has been designed to showcase the role of activity spaces in the workplace in relation to primary workspaces that support focus ( concentrative work by one person) shared (among two or three people) and team work (among four to six or more people).

Knoll Office Solutions for Activity Spaces

New product solutions for activity spaces include:

Antenna Workspaces, winner of the 2010 Best of NeoCon Innovation Award, is a pace-setting approach to the workplace that supports the freedom and mobility people seek in today’s office, facilitating transitions between individual and collaborative work.

Created by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, the principals of Antenna Design, desks, tables, screens and storage combine and recombine in a seemingly infinite number of ways for open plan environments, private offices and meeting spaces.

NeoCon 2012 planning applications for Antenna Workspaces include new variations of planning with Big Table for focused, shared and team work environments. Each scenario — single-side, 120 degree, standing height and media center — demonstrates the versatility of the Big Table center beam, which supports screens, cantilever shelves, storage cabinets, monitor arms and lighting, while managing power and data.

In addition, Knoll’s NeoCon 2012 display will showcase new products by Antenna Design:

The Toboggan Chair. The newest addition to the Knoll Office Seating portfolio, the Toboggan chair is a sled base collaborative chair. Toboggan’s clever use of shape and scale allows the user to shift 360 degrees in the seat, with the curved back serving as backrest, armrest or tablet work surface.

Mobile Tables and Desks. A full range of mobile desks expands planning opportunities for Antenna Workspaces in open plan and private offices.

Universal Power Collection. A new collection of power components for Knoll Extra expands capabilities for both individual “plug and play” and communal area throughout the office with variety of user-centric power modules.

Mobile Communication Boards. Universal mobile communication boards designed for Knoll Extra provide writing and tackable surfaces, while helping to defines space within a workplace.

The NeoCon display also includes Antenna Workspaces in combination with the Fence data and technology spine, and Template storage system.

Reff Profiles™ for Meetings Spaces. New Reff Profiles products for meeting areas expand the progressive, architectural presence of Reff Profiles for private offices, open plan workspaces, administrative and reception areas, while leveraging Reff’s historical benefits of refined wood detailing, planning flexibility and breadth of options.

Reff Profiles designer Brian Graham, whose innovative, architectural furniture is recognized for design excellence and quality, scaled and detailed his new Reff Profiles designs to work in variety of activity spaces as well as enclosed offices. The new Reff Profiles products include:

Tables. A new series of Reff Profiles tables facilitate interactions for up to 10 individuals. The series includes adjustable-height, fixed-position and mobile solutions; multiple power and data connectivity options are available.

Wall Storage. Simple and cost effective wall storage modules, incorporate power cable routing, optimize valuable wall space and integrate seamlessly with Reff Profiles private office components.

Low Height Storage. A series of low height credenzas has been designed to provide storage for traditional files as well as for meeting room specific requirements such as compact refrigerators and recycling containers.

Reff Profiles is manufactured using clean technologies with recycled and readily recyclable materials and has been designed for easy disassembly. The Reff Profiles product line is available with an FSC® Certified claim without asking, at no surcharge. Reff Profiles is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children & Schools CertifiedSM as well as BIFMA level 3 Certified®, the highest rating of the BIFMA sustainability standard. Reff Profiles can contribute to LEED® certification.

In 2009, Knoll established the use of wood with an FSC® (license code FSC® C028824) certified claim, as its manufacturing standard on general open plan office systems, tables and casegoods, excluding those with exotic veneers. As a leading advocate for independent third-party certification, which provides the most impartial and trustworthy foundation of industry compliance, Knoll is committed to meeting certification requirements set forth by the FSC® and implemented by the Rainforest Alliance to offer wood open plan office systems, casegoods and tables with an FSC® certified claim without asking, at no surcharge and at standard lead times, with the exception of KnollStudio products.

Sapper XYZ Dynamic Monitor Arm for KnollExtra®. Richard Sapper’s newest technology support product, which debuts at NeoCon 2012, is a dynamic monitor arm that celebrates honest design and provides one touch adjustment for high performance environments.

The Sapper XYZ dynamic monitor arm complements the designer’s 2009 monitor arm collection, a comprehensive technology management system recognized for its bold structural simplicity, high quality materials and streamlined form. Defining features include interchangeability, adaptability and intuitive adjustment. The innovative Sapper 50 monitor arm, with its slender and clean lines, can hold larger monitors and flat screen televisions up to 50 pounds.

Manufactured from 95% recyclable material, the Sapper Monitor Arm Collection is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.

Knoll Studio for Activity Spaces

KnollStudio offers enduring designs that turn high visibility work areas into areas of high distinction. NeoCon 2012 product introduction for activity spaces include:

The Lounge Collection by Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli. A new collection of lounge furniture, designed by the principals of Architecture & Associés, embodies casual elegance while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic. The composition of the furniture is characterized by graceful transitions between the surround and its upholstered core. The signature leg, evoking the purity of refined women’s footwear, elegantly delivers the frame to the floor. Each detail, from cushion construction to horizontal surfaces for electronic devices, is thoughtfully executed for repose.

The Lounge Collection includes armchairs; two and three seat sofas; and a chaise lounge. Benches and ottomans complete the collection. The range is available in two distinct heights; low for formal interior spaces and high for more relaxed environments. Interior cushions are available for both commercial and residential applications in a wide variety of fabrics and leathers. Legs are available in chrome or copper.

Daniel Stromborg Table Collection. The forward-thinking Stromborg tables collection offers a pared down, understated expression of traditional form, robust enough for outdoor use. Created by Daniel Stromborg, a Los Angeles-based industrial designer, the collection features powder coated steel legs, connected by extruded aluminum stretchers that serve as support for the floating tops.

Jonathan Olivares Aluminum Chair. Designed by Jonathan Olivares, whose eponymous firm is dedicated to industrial design, design related research and exhibition design, this aluminum indoor/outdoor stacking café chair offers restrained sculptural presence for a variety of environments. The efficient form allows a sitter to rest especially comfortably; the boldly outlined die-cast aluminum shell is available in a bright contemporary outdoor powder coated palette.

Krusin Collection. A new collection of minimalist occasional tables designed by Marc Krusin builds on the industrialized craft aesthetic of Krusin’s recently introduced seating collection for Knoll which celebrates clean lines, unassuming beauty and wood construction.

The Krusin Collection includes side chairs, a casual lounge chair and coffee and side tables for residential environments, private offices and reception areas. Through an inherent and graceful visual silence, the Krusin collection maintains a simple linear form that allows it to harmonize with many different design styles.

The collection features a broad palette of natural woods with contemporary low sheen finishes. The arm and armless chair are available with upholstered or natural woven paper rush seat. The new tables feature sleek, faceted wood frames in either natural or stained oak, walnut and ash. Inset tops in clear glass, marble, veneer or leather offer subtle material pairings.

About Knoll

Knoll is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure.

Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs.

Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED® workplace certification.

Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

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