By Karina Campos Photography by Jasper Sanidad
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Of f ice Oasis Above the Cit y
Kimball Office’s recently reopened
Manhattan showroom puts the
integration of technology and
refined design on display.
Nestled above New York City’s Park Avenue sits the revitalized Kimball Office showroom. Marked by the noticeable geometric lighting fixture peeking from the window, the renovated space reflects the evolution of the
brand from traditional, private office product to free-form, open, and
social working spaces. Reopened this past May, the brand, known for
its custom design work, integrated an open-office style that highlights
designer and client needs. Adam Bedell, regional manager at Kimball
Office, said the company wanted a “less-scripted” experience for its
clients, and applying this new open space does exactly that.
Designed in collaboration with Studio O+A, the company’s dynamic
urban hub is an environment where energy and technology are inter-
changeable and talent can flourish. Kimball Park Avenue redefines the
product experience and establishes a lab for exploring innovative ways
of working, testing new theories of collaboration and creativity, debuting
new forms, and launching new directions in design.
Kimball’s mission is to provide a comfortable working space with
featured product being adjusted every six months or so. “We aren’t a
car dealership,” Bedell noted in relation to the new showroom, which
allows frequent visitors to experience a consistent space whenever
they step foot into the Big Apple location. With the workforce of today
being less structured, the space reflects the idea that designers are no
longer tethered to something—the idea for an office can now lie in the
palms of our hands. The extensive line of furniture particularly caters to
the on-the-go lifestyle of New York’s working professionals.
Karina Campos is an award-winning recent graduate of Syracuse
University’s Industrial & Interaction Design Program. The Connecticut
native was recently named “Outstanding Senior in the School of
Design” by the faculty of Syracuse University’s School of Design.
Situated in the center of
the showroom is a show-stopping
creation that cannot be missed. Referred to as the
“Design Hub,” the spectacular piece is made out
of reclaimed barn wood, and serves as a place
to explore creativity. It houses material samples,
and allows clients and designers to create a
palette of their own, and store away any work for
future use. The Design Hub also offers a venue to
jot down or explore ideas, hold a meeting, or to
touch down and answer emails.
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