Architecture Research Office Collection

Growing out of our material explorations for Knoll New York, we developed a line of acoustic, architectural felt finishes. These absorptive panels, screens, and baffles continue our prior design explorations that transform the qualities of humble materials while addressing an increasing market need for innovative acoustic products.

The Architecture Research Office Collection combines the natural beauty of wool felt with pattern and texture to create architectural finishes that are elegant, acoustic, and easy to install. These felt finishes add visual interest and improve environmental comfort. As part of our ongoing collaboration, we incorporate these products in several Knoll locations across the country, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, D.C., and the New York Refresh.

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ARO Grid, Knoll New York
ARO Grid, Knoll New York

ARO Block

ARO Block is a series of modular acoustic tiles inspired by architectural cladding. The product arose out of a need to reuse post-industrial remnant material at FilzFelt’s manufacturing facility.

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  • detail of the triangular orange yellow and red felt pieces of ARO Block 1
    ARO Block 1 uses voids between triangular tiles to add a layer of patterning.
  • detail of the geometric blue, light blue, and grey panels of ARO Block 3
    ARO Block 3 uses asymmetrical angles that nest together to create elegant voids.
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student studies at Tate Library in front of a wall with ARO Block 1
ARO Block, Tate Library

ARO Plank

ARO Plank is a series of modular planks available in six standard configurations.

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  • Felt-wrapped reception area at Casper Headquarters
    ARO Plank, Casper Headquarters
  • detail of blue ARO Plank
    ARO Plank 7
  • Felt-wrapped conference room at Knoll NY.
    ARO Plank, Knoll New York
  • ARO Plank 6
    ARO Plank 6
  • Felt-wrapped “work-pod
    ARO Plank work pod, Casper Headquarters
  • ARO Plank 8
    ARO Plank 8
  • Custom ARO Bench, Knoll San Francisco
    Custom ARO Bench, Knoll San Francisco
  • ARO Plank 5 in Spinneybeck Leather, Knoll Houston
    ARO Plank 5 in Spinneybeck Leather, Knoll Houston
  • ARO Plank 7 in Spinneybeck Leather
    ARO Plank 7 in Spinneybeck Leather

ARO Grid

A series of new ceiling products elevate the ubiquitous 2’x2′ ceiling grid. Available in four dynamic patterns, Grid shields views to equipment above and defines the ceiling through materiality.

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ARO Grid installed at Knoll DC
ARO Grid, Knoll DC

ARO Attach

A flexible and easy-to-install desk solution for privacy, Attach’s versatility allows any desktop to quickly adapt the acoustics and performance of a workspace.

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ARO Attach
ARO Attach

ARO Baffle

Acoustically absorptive baffles are suspended to create a continuous, open ceiling. Individual baffles can be arranged at varied spacing allowing for integrating lighting and mechanical systems.

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Meeting area at Knoll LA, featuring ARO Baffle and ARO Array
ARO Baffle, Knoll Los Angeles

ARO Arc

Similar to Baffle, ARO Arc can be assembled to suspend above work areas and can integrate lighting.

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  • Casper Headquarter's open office, featuring ARO Arc.
    ARO Arc, Casper Headquarters
  • Conference room at Knoll Houston, featuring ARO Arc
    ARO Arc, Knoll Houston
  • ARO Arc installed at Knoll Houston
    ARO Arc, Knoll Houston
  • ARO Arc in grey utilized in Knoll LA office space
    ARO Arc, Knoll Los Angeles

ARO Array

These perforated felt screens offer static and dynamic patterns that can be used individually or in a series. The screens and their geometric patterns delineate space, filter light, and provide varied degrees of privacy.

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sitting area in front of orange ARO Array in Knoll San Francisco
ARO Array, Knoll San Francisco

ARO Shingle

Individual panels are tiled and offset to create a continuous, shingled effect when patterned across a larger surface.

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woman passes in front of ARO Shingle mounted in shades of grey on wall, and two yellow chairs
ARO Shingle, Knoll Boston

ARO Fold and ARO Divide

Both portable screens, ARO Fold can playfully provide an on-the-spot acoustic divider, adjust to two sizes, and stores flat while ARO Divide offers a larger dividing plane to quickly provide privacy and enhance focus.

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ARO fold, a mobile desk divider in yellow
ARO Fold
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ARO Divide in red utilized as desk partition in Knoll Philadelphia office space
Custom felt ceiling and ARO Divide, Knoll Philadelphia