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In the early 1980s, Knoll began planning for a new systems product that would be effective across the entire office, and could contain and manage the growing technology load of the modern workplace.

The answer was the Morrison System, designed in 1985 by Andrew Morrison, with engineering assistance from Robert Reuter and market research by Charles Rozier. Morrison believed that simplicity was the key to solving complicated problems. The first iterations of his system were highly conceptual, brutally simple, and ultimately impractical. Morrison learned from these designs; however, and, with the input of Reuter and Rozier, went back to the drawing board.

Informed by his in-depth design investigation, Morrison ultimately balanced high-concept and high-function to deliver a system that embraced the idea of universal componentry as a way to provide a singular, cross-company solution during a time of rapid change in the corporate landscape. Morrison recognized that a system of components is only as good as the connections between elements. His solution was an innovative system of hardware that ensures superior structural integrity, consistent alignment and long-term durability.

The original Knoll system, Morrison pioneered elements of design innovation that are now the standard of our industry. Recessed hardware and full-overlay fronts create a comfortable and inviting appearance, while a consistent module and planning intelligence serve the entire facility from a simple vocabulary of universal components.

Nearly 30 years later, the Morrison System, updated and enhanced, continues to serve as a flexible, comprehensive tool for creating highly effective work environments.

A graduate and later instructor at Pratt Institute, Andrew Morrison was a major contributor to the Knoll product portfolio from the mid-sixties through the mid-eighties.

In the early 1970s, he collaborated with fellow Pratt Alumnus Bruce Hannah to introduce an innovative and award-winning aluminum-frame lounge collection. Morrison believed that furniture should be designed with manufacturing as the major consideration. Accordingly his designs for Knoll were focused on ease of production, shipping, and assembly.

In 1986, Morrison made his greatest contribution to Knoll with the Morrison System, a groundbreaking open plan product, which is still produced by Knoll. Designed to satisfy the evolving workplace of the 1980s, the Morrison system was built to expand and adapt as the patterns and technology of the modern office changed.