Knoll New York Flagship Showroom, Offices and Shop / ARO

Knoll new york flagship showroom, offices and shop / aro

International furniture giant Knoll’s selection of Architecture Research Office to design its first retail store, along with the flagship showroom and offices, reflects shared values of intelligent planning, sensitivity to craft, and materiality.

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the spaces exemplify new models of flexible workspace design while paying tribute to Knoll’s 75-year history.

Knoll new york flagship showroom, offices and shop / aro

In the shop, colorful layers of textiles and drapery combine with end-grain oak flooring to create a warm, residential environment. Illuminated lacquer shelving fills the the double-height space, and a fully glazed storefront broadcasts the Knoll brand to the street. Upstairs in the showroom, a choreographed path draws visitors through the space, which is defined by a vibrant 55-foot wall covered with 2,400 textile, leather and felt samples. Two steel stairs showcase felt and leather and extend the showroom upwards to the sales, marketing, design and executive floors.

Knoll new york flagship showroom, offices and shop / aro

In the offices, clients experience open plan, private office and activity spaces in active use. An increase over Knoll’s previous space in alternative individual and collaborative work environments supports a variety of work styles – formal, informal, public and private. Other details, like the rounded felt ribs which line and insulate the “phone booths,” silver silk wall coverings, and perforated suede drapery combine to create a dynamic and functional environment.

Knoll new york flagship showroom, offices and shop / aro

The close collaboration between Knoll and ARO led to an interior where furniture and architecture work hand in hand, combining a modern aesthetic with the latest research in workspace planning and technology.

Project Details:
Location: 1330 Sixth Avenue, New York City, USA
Type: Commercial
Scope: 44,250 square feet overall
Budget: US$ 6.5M
Client: Knoll
Architects: Architecture Research Office – ARO

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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