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Since its inception 75 years ago, Knoll has remained true to the Bauhaus design philosophy that modern furniture should be an extension of the architectural space, rather than distract from it or compete with it. bauhaus, a Knoll partner, seeks to provide the perfect modern workplace solution for each of our clients. By simultaneously honoring the precedence of great design born out of the Bauhaus School and partnering with superior modern workplace furniture vendors such as Knoll, we offer our clients the perfect balance of classic modernism with contemporary technology. Click through the slideshow below to explore the modern workplace “then and now.”

The Evolution of Workplace Design
In 1953, the workplace was designed to encourage separateness and isolation with the goal of providing workplace privacy without distractions. In today’s modern work environment, collaboration is the goal. Offices are designed to be open and encourage engagement and the collaboration of ideas.

Open Workplace Design

The Private Office: Everything Old Is New Again
The private office has come full circle. Open space with minimal storage is once again the standard for executive and private offices. Gone is the bulky furniture designed to demonstrate power and authority, clean lines and table desks are back in vogue.

Modern Private Office

The Evolution of the Open Office
Companies have always sought to maximize their square footage and maintain a small footprint. While mid-century design encouraged separation even in open areas, modern office design provides ample opportunity for collaboration without compromising storage or privacy.

Modern Open Workplace

Timeless Modern Design
The Albini Desk with MR Chair is a modern classic that has remained popular decades after its debut. The Antenna Workspaces Desk is strikingly similar in design and function, yet unmistakably progressive. While the Albini has remained a classic for decades, the Antenna desk grew into an entire product line.

bauhaus desk and chair

The Evolution of the Office Chair
Introduced in 1961, Knoll’s Model 46 chair designed by Max Pearson (left) forged the path for flexibility and comfort in office chair design. Knoll’s award-winning Generation chair (right) offers a new standard of comfort and unrestrained movement, taking elastic design-where a product rearranges itself in response to its user- to a new level.

Office Chair Evolution

The Evolution of the Collaborative Space
In keeping with the perceived need for isolation and privacy in the workplace, the Stephens System, Knoll’s first panel-based office system, was introduced in 1971 (left). The collaborative space on the right demonstrates the shift to a more collaborative workspace and challenges the idea of where and how “work” happens.

Collaborative Space

The Evolution of the Conference Room
Florence Knoll and Eero Saarinen defined the American Modern movement with groundbreaking table and seating designs. Though both Knoll and Saarinen furniture pieces will never go out of style, the Antenna Workspaces conference table addresses the need for technology as well as offering a consistency of product throughout the office space.

Conference Room