Currents®

Tame Technology

Reconciling the flexible-but-wired paradox of the modern office, Currents manages ever-growing technology and power demands while simultaneously allowing for easy workspace reconfiguration. With data and power consolidated in a central spine, wall-mounted and freestanding furniture components can be easily and endlessly rearranged according to your team’s changing workspace design needs.

 

Whether planned independently, integrated with other Knoll products, or incorporated into existing installations, Currents presents new approaches to planning flexible workspaces and new solutions for advancing the performance of existing open plan systems.

Key Benefits

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT. Easy-to-access power and data cable management system with unmatched capacity and secure information networks.
 

SPINE-BASED PLANNING FLEXIBILITY. Workstations are easily planned and reconfigured along the Service Wall and Fence independent of power and data.
 

UNIVERSAL INTEGRATION. Service Wall and Fence integrate with any office system to add advanced technology management capabilities and greater workspace design flexibility.
 

Service Wall

At the heart of Currents is the Service Wall, a high-performance spine that delivers unsurpassed data and technology management. Available in three distinct horizons, the Service Wall offers convenient access to power and data and unmatched cable capacity, which leaves your furniture - unencumbered by wires - free to be arranged and rearranged as needed.

Fence

Fence offers the same advanced technology management and planning flexibility as the Service Wall, but in a lighter, more compact design appropriate for the increasingly open office aesthetic. Planned as a central spine in a workstation cluster, as a border to delineate team areas and neighborhoods within the office landscape, or as a continuous benching layout, Fence enables flexible workspaces that support collaboration and communication.

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Systems Integration

The Currents Service Wall integrates with all Knoll office systems to add advanced technology management capabilities and greater planning flexibility. The Currents Service Wall also integrates with previously installed office systems, both Knoll and non-Knoll, to deliver a cost effective performance upgrade.

Freestanding

Rearranging the office has never been easier. The Currents portfolio includes freestanding tables, desks, screens and storage components, as well as Upstart tables. These elements can be positioned anywhere along, or around, the Service Wall or Fence to create mobile, flexible workstations.

Tables and Desks

Currents height-adjustable C-leg desks and worktables create a highly adaptable workspace, ensuring user comfort, adjustability and proper alignment. For a lighter aesthetic, freestanding Upstart tables and desks work in conjunction with the Service Wall and Fence or plan independently to create flexible work areas.

Finishes

  • color Bright White - Smooth
  • color Pumice - Smooth
  • color Soft Grey - Smooth
  • color Folkstone Grey - Smooth
  • color Sandstone - Smooth
  • color Medium Grey - Smooth
  • color Dark Grey - Smooth
  • color Brown - Smooth
  • color Jet Black - Smooth
  • color Beige Mist Metallic - Smooth
  • color Silver - Smooth
  • color Medium Metallic Grey - Smooth
  • color Bright White
  • color Micro Sand
  • color Brushed Sand
  • color Micro Grey
  • color Soft Grey
  • color Pumice
  • color Brushed Grey
  • color Fog
  • color Folkstone Grey
  • color Medium Grey
  • color Jet Black
  • color Natural Maple
  • color Natural Cherry
  • color Medium Cherry
  • color Walnut

Additional Info

Environmental Certification
  • BIFMA level™ 3 certified
  • Available with an FSC® certified claim
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
  • Can contribute to LEED® certification for Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors and New Construction
Sustainable Design
  • 20-30% recycled content steel
  • 70-100% recycled content aluminum
  • 100% recycled content particleboard
  • Steel and aluminum components recyclable
  • Powder coating, water-based adhesives, and UV-cured wood coatings are virtually VOC-free
Awards
  • George Nelson Design Award, Interiors Magazine, 1999
  • I.D. Annual Design Review, Design Distinction, 1998
  • IIDA, Acclaim Award, 1998

At the time of its introduction in 1998, Currents represented a revolutionary and unprecedented approach to office system design. Robert Reuter explained its origins in an interview with Knoll historian Brian Lutz:

“The idea for Currents came out of an understanding that work patterns were changing and evolving, that most of the office systems out there were created before computers and that there were new levels of adjustment, flexibility and enclosure required in the office that could no longer be simply ‘Band-Aided’ onto an existing product. It was truly time for a new product with a new approach…Currents was a game-changing product.”

The success of Currents was due in large part to the high quality market survey and in depth research, conducted by Douglas Reuter, which informed the design brief. Robert Retuer recalled: “Currents was the most well-supported, well-managed, well-researched and well-directed product initiative that Knoll had ever done.”

Rozier and Reuter returned to Knoll in 2001 to revisit and update Currents. Adding Fence as well as additional freestanding elements, the pair enhanced and expanded the system, making it more flexible and cost-effective. The logic of Currents has made its way into other Knoll systems; the Service Wall was incorporated into the AutoStrada product line, while an adapted version of Fence was introduced with Antenna Workspaces.
 

ROBERT REUTER (left) came to Knoll after earning a degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He spent three years working with Andrew Morrison to develop the Morrison office system from 1977 to 1980. A testament to the completeness of Morrison and Reuter’s investigation and process, the system was Knoll’s top-selling office product for the next two decades.

Reuter served as Knoll Senior Development Manager until 1987 and has continued to design numerous office products for the company, including the highly innovative Currents system. Most recently, Reuter and Rozier co-developed Autostrada.

CHARLES ROZIER (right) earned a bachelor’s and master's degree from Brown University as well as a master's degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Holding graduate degrees in both engineering and art, Rozier opened his own studio, which has since been recognized with numerous awards for industrial design including the Braun Prize and the ID Best of Category award for consumer products.

Rozier came to Knoll in the early 1980s to help direct the development of the groundbreaking Morrison System. He conducted extensive market research, helping Andrew Morrison expand his concept to become one of the most thorough office systems ever introduced. Rozier went on to serve as Vice President of Product Development at Knoll, a position that led him to co-design the Currents and AutoStrada Systems ― introduced in 1998 and 2004 ― respectively.

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