At Kimball, our ultimate goal is to provide relevant solutions that carry workplaces into the future.

The Brilliant Partner Program is our initiative to team up with industry thought-leaders to be at the forefront of the workplace transformation, allowing us to keep pace with accelerating change and drive innovation in the industry.

Together, with our partners, we will continue to anticipate changes in how people work and design creative solutions for a successful workplace.

Kore by Daniel Korb of xchange

 
About Daniel Korb

Like many leading designers of modern furniture, Daniel started as an architect. Baden, Switzerland, is the vantage point for Daniel`s perspective, and is the place where he and his wife, architect Susan Korb, operate Korb+Korb, which they founded in 1989.

Since then, his design expertise has broadened and his inspiration refined. In 2009, Daniel started xchange with Sydney-based architect Anthony Kotarac as a globally-operating platform to exchange ideas, experience, and knowledge. Both share a passion for high quality and well-designed furniture.

Today Daniel is synonymous with system thinking and a holistic view.

Daniel Korb
 
What was the design vision for KORE?

As a reference point we did ask ourselves how would a 21st Century Bauhaus address the office today. How would an attractive yet affordable solution look? Using standard tubes and a state of the art manufacturing process became the foundation. A visually and functionally simple table for eating, meeting and working was the goal. In the developing design process, KORE evolved into a full table system for benching with an additional set of mobile tools providing privacy, media integration, and solutions for learning and training. We envisioned a table that would fit into today`s environments for work and living. Together with Kimball it turned into a complete offering.

How do you feel KORE fits in today’s evolving office environment?

KORE addresses a variety of needs and offers choices. As it is based on a simple yet timeless aesthetic, it blends easily into different scenarios. Simplicity as a starting point together and a focus on human needs were at the core. When you design an aquarium, have the fish in mind…

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball?

Design for us is a team effort and it needs much more than an idea to make things happen and become real. Foremost it needs energy and trust that what we do is relevant. We found this energy and a forward-thinking spirit with Kimball. We have a common cause that we both believe in—that we can and will design the future. KORE speaks for itself it means Kimball - Relevant Environments.

Why now?

When the time is right things simply happen.

Pairings and Whittaker by Pam Light and John Duffy of pL-D

 
About pL-D

Pam Light and John Duffy’s distinct combination of abilities set pL-D apart from other design service providers. Both partners have worked in the industry sectors that provide the means with which products and interiors come together: product design, interior design, and dealership purchasing.

Pam has a background of 35 plus years as an interior designer, including 10 within a dealership and one as an independent furniture rep. Currently her day-to-day, hands-on involvement at a major architectural interiors firm keeps their products pertinent and meeting the needs of today’s clients and their ever evolving workplace.

John, a degreed designer from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, has over 35 years of experience in product design and commercial interiors. During this time he has worked for interior design firms that specialize in hospitality, healthcare, and corporate design, with the last 20 years solely committed to product design and development. The partners’ varied backgrounds are the foundation for a design process that combines thoughtful, useful, creative, and intelligent design for the human environment.

Pam Light
 
What was the design vision for Pairings and Whittaker?

As the lines blur between the places and ways we work today, we wanted to create a 'third place', a 'nest' if you will, that would offer multi-module adaptability and varying degrees of privacy through the options of high and low panels or walls. The different cushion options in Whittaker bring choice and comfort with the feeling of home into the office.

How do you feel Pairings and Whittaker fit in today’s evolving office environment?

These products adapt to changing work styles and shifting work postures through a smaller footprint, while supporting varying degrees of privacy in an era of open space engagement. The Pairings and Whittaker product lines can merge simple sofa/lounge collections with the more informal space where people work, team up, and gather, creating adaptable, lounge-based work settings that host teams and technology in comfort.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball?

As product designers we like working with companies that have a unique combination of qualities and principals. We want to know that our products will be built with quality materials in sustainable methodologies, that the company will stand behind the product with strong customer service, that it will be well represented to the design and client community – but most importantly that the team we work with in the development of the project is as committed as we are to developing a product that will meet a users need for a deliverable, affordable product, that supports good design – and it helps if they are fun to work with! Kimball met the criteria.

Why Now?

The workplace is changing rapidly with new technology and changing human expectations. Thanks to the foresight and vision of Kimball’s new management team it has been made possible for fresh design thinking to explore new products that support this change.

Tucker, Abbott, and Nash by Chris Carter of Chris Carter Designs

 
About Chris Carter

Chris Carter graduated from the school of industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. He worked with various design firms in the metropolitan New York area, designing and working on products for clients including Century baby products, Tyco toys, Colgate Palmolive and Ford Motor Company.

Some twenty years later and as principal of Chris Carter Design, LLC, he has a worldwide client base consisting of North American, European, and Asian companies of which he is successfully designing for today. Designs of Chris' are currently being specified and used within corporate, healthcare, higher education, GSA, hospitality, and retail planning environments. His strong relationships with some of the industry’s top performing and high profile manufacturers coupled with the ability to create beautiful, utilitarian products at competitive pricing has proven a winning formula with which his clients can successfully compete among today's high standards and demands.

Chris Carter
 
What was the design vision for the Tucker, Abbott, and Nash?

Tucker started out as a single chair before evolving into tandem options. I wanted to design a simple, yet elegant guest chair that depicts movement with the use of soft, sweeping arcs and tapers. This also helps to exaggerate the pitch of the chair visually which helps it appear not so static and monolithic. The intention to design this with more upholstery than most side chairs was to portray a feeling of comfort when solely viewing the chair and most importantly, to BE comfortable when you sit in it.

How do you feel they fit in today’s evolving office environment?

As our way of working changes, so do the products within our working environment change to incorporate the new needs. However guest seating is still, in my opinion, accent furnishings that can be placed in just about any environment whether in public spaces, collaborative areas, or private offices. It's not necessarily "working" furniture as is other seating products. I think there will always be a need for this type of accent furniture within interiors. The main idea is to keep these simple seating products fresh and visually appealing so they can help complement current trends in interior design.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball?

My relationship with Kimball started back in the beginning of 2014 when various design concepts of mine were being considered as new introductions to the line. The group of people I've come to know within the organization are some of the most driven and accomplished professionals with whom I've had the luxury to work. The development of new product can be very challenging and even frustrating at times. But the people within the Kimball organization that have been involved with the development of my designs have been very positive, out-of-the-box thinkers that make the development process so much more fun and rewarding.

Why Now?

I've known and have worked with several senior and executive level managers for close to a decade now when they were at other companies before coming to Kimball. When these individuals' career paths led them to Kimball, our worlds collided yet again. It's been great to experience first hand a company that's going through so many positive changes today. I anticipate great things with these guys!

Canopy by Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

 
About Studio O+A

Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander are the award-winning co-founders of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, Aol, Yelp, Samsung, Zazzle, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of workplace environments with an emphasis on “democratic design,” O+A’s expansive, open-plan offices have become a signature look for some of the country’s most forward-thinking tech innovators.

Primo Orpilla
 
What was the design vision for Canopy?

The idea behind Canopy was to give a user a work area that is flexible to the various work styles we need today. The basic 30x60 benching system in most open plan offices allow for modest flexibility. With Canopy, you can meet, go from sitting to standing, access technology, handle accessories such as monitor lifts, and provide sound dampening and give some isolation. It allows every user the ability to sit and stand. The design speaks to simple and sustainable materiality. The furniture system has a variety of configurations as well as being a simple desk.

How do you feel it could fit in today’s evolving office environment?

As we have seen over the past couple of years workspace has become increasingly important to a company’s success. The human-centered elements of a workplace contribute to that success. Workstations and the accompanying pieces have not only a functional role, but are also a means of expressing a company's philosophies and sensibilities. In the same way, Canopy's thoughtful, simple design is not only functional but also communicates an expansive philosophy by bringing community and culture together in every day work.

What are your thoughts about working with Kimball and why now?

I think Kimball is looking at workplace from a human-centered approach. Their integration of technology for ease of use carefully balances aesthetics and functionality of a product. They are a highly regarded company and are known for manufacturing quality products. Quality and engineering are characteristics that define their brand. Canopy is defined by the tech industry user which has much to do with its original design and concept.

Debut by Claudio Bellini

 
About Claudio Bellini

In 1996, Claudio Bellini established CLAUDIO BELLINI; a Milan-based, multidisciplinary design studio shaped by a deep understanding of design process. The core of his design approach, considering the demands of growing global markets, is based on the harmony of beauty and efficiency. His innovative approach contributes to original and significant projects with leading worldwide companies. As a trendsetter within several fields of design over the last two decades, he has been honored with many international design awards including Red Dot, IF, and Good Design.

Claudio Bellini
 

Designer Claudio Bellini first became inspired to create when he was just a kid spending time in his father’s design studio. “I was so fascinated to see how ideas and visions become reality through a magic interaction between manual work and mind investigation—the creative process. It was at that time I began to dream of a future that would involve playing with materials to create,” Bellini stated. Materiality is the basic ingredient a designer is fortunate enough to work with when creating. In his experience, Bellini has never been able to define a straight design process with a clear sequence among design vision, materials, function, and aesthetics. To him, the creative process is almost unpredictable, and the mind has to stay free to experiment and suddenly change direction without prejudice.

A fascinating material could drive your design vision because of appearance or mechanical characteristics and unique production technology. On the other hand, a peculiar aspect could be a key factor. At the end of this intricate process, what brings a creation to fruition is our sensibility to balance all those aspects in a proper and coherent way with respect to the original intention versus human expectations. Based on that, the quality of a space depends on the capability to create a welcoming atmosphere through appropriate product, materials, and color combination. New lifestyle trends are driving us to pay more attention to the presence of natural materiality emphasized by soft color tone combinations. Consequently, to answer the growing demand for wellbeing spaces, both when working or at home, Bellini’s work is focused on designing products with a wide degree of personalization to match different environments. “My attitude is very open, and I love to work with different materials. In this perspective I am also very excited to research new technologies and materials to use, when possible, for challenging and innovative products. Generally speaking, my personal vision when designing a space is to consider a certain degree of contamination among different design languages and moods, as a valuable approach to recreate a general welcoming atmosphere closer to intimate human nature,” Bellini noted.

The complexity and differentiation of single parts and details are the secret to moving beyond an “ordinary product” toward a true design piece that will contribute to improving our quality and well-being.

Work|Able by Graham Design

 
About Graham Design

Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian Graham offers a strategic approach in the design, development, and marketing of workplace furniture. Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Institute of Business Designers, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association, and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).

Brian Graham
 

There are a lot less walls in the workplace today. With teams and workloads continuing to grow, we’re being challenged to maximize every inch of space. Now, more than ever, the walls and surfaces need to do more “to earn their place”.

San Francisco designer, Brian Graham, partnered with Kimball to create a solution that leverages the wall and makes it as functional as it can be.

As real estate continues to shrink, smaller enclaves and tight spaces are becoming incredibly valuable. With the increasing importance of open-plan environments, Work|Able creates the ability to take a wall or space that once wasn’t utilized and give it purpose. “I am very excited about Work|Able being applied in so many different scenarios,” Graham explained. “From something as intimate as making the space between your worksurface and your overhead a lot more functional, to allowing your opposite wall to grow in scale. The possibilities are endless with this solution.”

Work|Able also reflects a broader array of visual expressions. With materials like pegboard, chalkboard, and cork, the aesthetic is simple and honest, yet effective and progressive. “One of the things we wanted to do with Work|Able was to increase the range of expression,” Graham added. “I wanted to create something that a designer can tailor to a corporate look, as well as a contemporary or progressive look. I want them to think of it as a kit of parts that can be used over and over on different projects by dialing the look and the feel up or down depending on what the expression is.”

As an interior designer who evolved into a furniture designer, visual reference material is really important to Brian. He wants things around him that he can refer to quickly and gain inspiration. This philosophy carried over into his design of Work|Able by incorporating tools to display reference material in a direct, non-precious way. This type of flexibility, combined with the honest design of Work|Able, creates a unique aesthetic for a fully functional solution that integrates seamlessly into any space.

Live Life Nice

 
Live Life Nice

Live Life Nice is a cause driven digital media and apparel company dedicated to inspiring, motivating and empowering people to be Nice and do Nice. They produce and distribute original, moving content telling impactful stories about extraordinary people being Nice and doing Nice. Live Life Nice is a social movement embarking on a quest to infuse and highlight positive news into our society. Live Life Nice was founded in 2014 by Voorhees, New Jersey native Christian Crosby, the In-Arena Host for the Philadelphia 76ers. Crosby began his career with the iconic team at 18 as a trampoline dunker, in-game performer and media personality.

Live Life Nice with Kimball
 

Kimball’s heritage is built on a culture of caring that is engrained in everything we do. This culture extends beyond what we make and how we make it to specific initiatives that support our customers, communities and our world. Live Life Nice was developed by an entrepreneur in the Sixers Innovation Lab crafted by Kimball. Live Life Nice is a cause driven company that is dedicated to empowering, motivating and inspiring people to be nice and to do nice. By joining this movement, Kimball promotes and encourages our employees, partners and customers to conduct random acts of kindness and to Be Nice and Do in their everyday life.