New Yorkers aren’t the only ones besotted with Knoll’s sumptuous new presence in midtown Manhattan. The American Institute of Architects has noticed, too, bestowing its 2014 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture upon Architecture Research Office, the New York City firm tasked with turning 50,000 square feet on the corner of Sixth Avenue into a fitting expression of the 75 year-old Knoll brand.
A project completed in 2013, Knoll’s new offices, showroom, and retail space are distributed over four glass-fronted floors, with the company’s Knoll Shop providing plenty of jaw-dropping splendor for passers-by at street level. Elsewhere on the premises, Knoll enthusiasts get plenty of opportunities to test their design scholarship via graphics, timelines, and textiles, along with exalted furniture designs and the iconoclastic names behind them—all meticulously choreographed against a ravishing interior of white walls, open space, and luscious color.
“The interiors of this project have everything,” said the AIA, in explaining its choice. “They tell a good story about furniture design, displaying Knoll products and illustrating how they should be used. They are well integrated, well laid out, and purposeful.”
We’d expect nothing less from Knoll.