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Antenna™ Workspaces
Knoll Inc, New York
  • Year
  • 2010
  • Type
  • Office System Furniture

Knoll Antenna Workspaces is a simple and extremely flexible office system for post-cubicle open-planning.

We took a very pragmatic approach - achieving more with less - to respond to various contemporary challenges, such as flexible planning, responsible use of materials and technology accommodation. Here, a synthesis of simplicity and flexibility is the answer. As a result, the system feels light and dynamic. It picks up on early modernism with its youthful and optimistic spirit, including Knoll’s own heritage. Color, material and finish are used for articulation of different functions, expression of personality and comfort.

At the core of the system lies its structural concept. Inspired by elevated highway structures, horizontal rails float over inverted U-shaped legs, hinting at an endless extension of the horizontal surface. A compact “cradle” connects rails to legs rigidly, allowing the rails to support cantilevered and long-span worksurfaces. The rails’ diamond-shape section enables easy connectivity, horizontally to other worksurfaces and structures, upwards to space-articulating storage elements, and downwards to suspended storage and accessories. 

In distilling the product to its essence, the system creates a multitude of configurations using a minimum of parts: from focused individual spaces to casual collaborative spaces. We looked at the furniture as interface - mediating between people and their work and amongst colleagues. Vertical division is provided by a series of storage and screens, as opposed to panels and walls. Carefully planned storage elements work as a mediator between individual space and shared/public space, articulating boundaries while promoting a courteous interaction.

Press & Awards
Good Design Award 2010, Chicago Athenaeum
Knoll Antenna™ Workspaces
Best of NeoCon 2010 Innovation Award
Knoll Antenna™ Workspaces
Intense Listeners, June 2010
Cool Hunting Video Presents
Antenna Workspaces for Knoll, June 2010
Core 77: NeoCon 2010 Video
Antenna launches new office system for Knoll, June 2010
Contract Magazine
Antenna Workspaces by Knoll Bring Optimism Back, June 2010
Fast Company
Designers of New York's Subway Cars Turn Attention to Modern-Day Work Culture, May 2010