Knoll Houston Showroom & Offices

Building on the success of the Knoll New York and San Francisco showrooms, we designed a new showroom and offices for the headquarters of Knoll’s southern United States sales division in Houston. ARO has also designed Knoll offices and showrooms in Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Knoll Houston lounge area and orange letters that read Knoll
detail of the circular gold door handle that reads as a K for Knoll
  • Knoll Houston showroom displau in breakout spaces and ARO Plank leather wall
    ARO Plank in Spinneybeck leather.
  • detail of Knoll K branded into the ARO Plank leather wall
    The leather was branded with the Knoll logo in an homage to the Texas locale.

The project includes conference areas and private offices of various sizes, as well as open office areas that double function to display Knoll’s furniture and textiles. The interior continues the design language developed for the New York and San Francisco showrooms with a palette specific to the Texas locale. Like these showrooms, the Houston space is organized by a sculptural metal rail, in this case brass, that displays a changing selection of Knoll textiles that frame varied office and showroom spaces.

Knoll Houston reception
Knoll Houston corner of purple conference room around the corner from a long textile wall below ARO baffle
Knoll Houston
showroom and office seating before a conference room painted purple

By merging showroom with office, the space is a testing lab for new applications of Knoll products: elements from The ARO Collection with FilzFelt, including Baffle, Plank, Arc, and Petal (a custom screen consisting of leather and suede petals) are used throughout the space.

detail of light integrated in acoustic ARO Arc above purple wall
ARO Arc
Knoll Houston hallway leading to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe mural
ARO Baffle
open work space and conference rooms flank Knoll Houston hallway
hand holds detail of a custom leather petal curtain
Petal: a custom screen of Spinneybeck leather and suede petals.
conference room door handle wrapped in leather
Natural light permeates glazed office fronts; door handles are wrapped in Spinneybeck leather.

The project has been certified LEED Platinum.

Architect of Record: BNIM