Knoll Works 2022



Knoll and Herman Miller merge a shared heritage of design

Last year, Knoll and Herman Miller became part MillerKnoll—a collective of brands joined together to shape the world we live and work in. It was a landmark moment and marked the beginning of a new era in design history. We’re proud to be a part of this collective of brands that are building a more sustainable, caring, equitable and beautiful world.

For over eighty years, Knoll has championed the idea that modern design can improve the way we live and work, and has done so with the same spirit of ingenuity and dedication to quality as cofounders Hans and Florence Knoll. Knoll will continue in that same spirit, operating as a distinct brand within the MillerKnoll collective.

Led by Andi Owen as President and CEO, MillerKnoll brings together leaders from both Knoll and Herman Miller. Alana Stevens, formerly Senior Vice President and CMO of Knoll, is now Knoll Brand President, overseeing Knoll globally.

“Our industry—and the world in general—is changing rapidly. Design is the way we imagine and shape a better future. In coming together, we will define and lead this transformation,” said Owen, adding, “Together, we can be truly inclusive, design for everyone and care for our planet. With a broader portfolio, scaled global footprint and advanced digital capabilities, we are poised to meet our customers everywhere they live and work.”

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Together we can be truly inclusive, design for everyone and care for our planet.

Andi Owen, President and CEO, MillerKnoll

“Knoll has entered a new chapter in our storied design journey. As part of MillerKnoll, we are more optimistic than ever about our ability to use modern design to create places people love to be” said Alana Stevens. “Our collective of brands are united in the belief that design is a powerful force for good”.

Knoll and Herman Miller have intertwined histories that begin at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Florence Knoll, Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia—all foundational figures to our shared modern heritage—were educated at Cranbrook. Led by Eero’s father, Eliel Saarinen, the school instilled in its students a sense of experimentation, exploration and collaboration, unwittingly setting two companies on complementary paths towards exploring the relationship between people and place, striving to improve the world through good design.

While Knoll has an impressive history, the brand ethos is—and always has been—forward-facing. Today, the two companies are better than ever, better together, and on that same mission.

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