A Proven System for the Entire Facility

For organizations seeking an office system for the entire facility, Morrison delivers a comprehensive planning solution with carefully considered details, proven performance and enduring value. Morrison supports the functions and styles of high-performance offices, with extensive technology management capabilities, exceptional engineering and durable materials. Consistent logic between generations of the product ensures that Morrison enhancements integrate with existing components.


Morrison offers two distinct planning modes, panel-based and freestanding, to create integrated, high-performance environments for the open plan. A simple vocabulary of universal components — including panels, worksurfaces and storage — easily combines to plan an array of functional spaces, from private offices and personal workstations to meeting areas and reception desks.

Key Benefits

PROVEN DESIGN. Nearly three decades after its introduction, Morrison continues to be a complete solution for open plan environments with panel-based, freestanding and spine-based planning options.

RELIABLE PERFORMANCE. A strong and light-weight panel frame, a self-leveling connector, and durable, intuitive supports combine to consistently deliver predictable, high-quality installations and reconfigurations. Uncompromising design continuity between generations of Morrison protects your financial investment, ensuring that new product enhancements integrate with existing furniture.

THOUGHTFUL DETAILING. Morrison is carefully detailed to deliver a modern aesthetic that is proven to last. The unified design of components and details removes visual clutter and defers to interior architecture.

Panel-Based Planning

In panel-based plans, space is defined using vertical surrounds to which worksurfaces, storage and other components are attached. Morrison panels connect in straight lines, at right angles or at variable angles to deliver superior acoustical and visual privacy. All vertical panels are lightweight, free of visible hardware, and have integral base raceways to distribute power, data and communications.

Open Plan Privacy

The Morrison product portfolio includes an extensive range of glazed panels and doors that can be used to create fully-enclosed spaces in the open plan. Without the permanence or cost of architectural walls, Morrison creates defined spaces for more focused work — from individual offices to semi-private team spaces.

Freestanding with Morrison Network

For the more interactive, collaborative office, Morrison Network is a freestanding, powered desk system for open plans and dynamic team spaces. Desks can be linked or clustered independently, with or without privacy screens and overhead storage, and can be reconfigured without disassembly. Combinations of freestanding elements and panel-based solutions increase planning flexibility.

Morrison Planned with Currents

Morrison integrates with the Currents® Service Wall and Fence for unmatched technology support and ease of access, offering unlimited lay-in cable distribution anywhere on the face of the wall structure. Morrison panels and components connect to the service wall at any point, on- or off- module, to enclose workstations and support desks.

Power + Data Management

Above or below the worksurface, Morrison meets your essential power and data requirements. Morrison pioneered 2+2, the office system raceway with four 20-amp circuits of protective power for computer intensive offices. Now Morrison also offers 3+3 for six circuits from a single power supply and 4-4-2, a four-circuit, 10-wire system for special applications requiring an independent neutral for each circuit.


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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

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.

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